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Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are really like? What would your best friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they actually feel about wearing one? If you really want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demo, but for now, keep reading for an outline of what you can expect.

1. Sometimes You Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when someone tells you how what they think about your results. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It causes a sound loop that even modern speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.

We’ve all heard this kind of feedback right before somebody begins talking into a microphone.

While this may sound terrible, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. If you’re encountering it, the earmold may not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.

Feedback can be removed, in some more sophisticated hearing aids, by a built-in feedback cancellation system.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

Eating dinner out with the family can seem like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the conversations. You might find yourself sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.

But hearing aids today have some really sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clarity.

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times

When something isn’t right, your body has a way of responding to it. Your body will make saliva if you eat something overly spicy. You will produce tears if something gets into your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

They make extra wax.

Due to this, earwax buildup can sometimes be a problem for individuals who use hearing aids. It’s only wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We can help you learn how.)

Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and begin enjoying your hearing again.

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

This one may surprise you. When somebody has hearing loss, it very slowly starts to affect cognitive function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.

Fully understanding what people are saying is one of the first things you lose. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become a challenge.

Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps stop this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced

Many people simply hate dealing with those tiny button batteries. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

But many of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be quickly solved. You can greatly extend battery life by using the correct methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. At night, just place them on the charger. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered charging docs so they will be available to you even if you are hiking or camping.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

Nowadays, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s a lot easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take some time.

It gradually improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

Individuals who have stayed the course and worn their hearing aids for six months or more usually will say it’s all worth it.

This is what it’s actually like to use hearing aids. If you want to figure it out, give us a call.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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