Hearing Health Blog

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Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to use hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked honest questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about using one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to understand, come in for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Get Feedback

No, not the kind you may get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.

They might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal speaks.

While this might sound mortifying, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this keeps happening.

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

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant

If you have neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s nearly impossible to follow the conversations. You might find yourself sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.

But modern hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking capability for background sound. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clearness.

3. Sometimes it Gets a Little Sticky

Your body has a way of telling you when something doesn’t belong. Your body will make saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.

Earwax production.

So it’s hardly surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with the buildup of earwax. Luckily, it’s just wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll teach you how.)

Then you’ll simply put that hearing aid back in and begin relishing your hearing again.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

You might be surprised by this one. If somebody begins developing hearing loss it will slowly impact brain function as it progresses.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand the spoken language. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.

Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps stop this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of individuals had improved brain function, according to research conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

5. You Need to Replace The Batteries

Those tiny button batteries can be somewhat challenging to deal with. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.

But many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be quickly solved. There are methods you can use to significantly increase battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, today you can purchase hearing aids that are rechargeable. When you go to bed, simply dock them on the charger. In the morning, simply put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. It’s much easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.

It progressively gets better as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

People who have stayed the course and used 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. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?

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References

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-07-2013/hearing-loss-linked-to-dementia.html

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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