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Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to wear hearing aids”? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what is the sound like, and what does it feel like in your ears are all questions you may want to ask someone who already has hearing aids? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you really want to understand, come see us for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your results. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It creates a sound loop that even advanced speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know what to do with.

We’ve all heard this type of feedback right before someone begins speaking into a microphone.

Though this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. You may need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this keeps happening.

Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

If you have untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can feel like you’re eating alone. Conversations are almost impossible to follow. Most of the evening, you might end up just nodding and smiling.

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

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times

Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. If you eat something too spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to wash it out. You will generate tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.

They generate extra wax.

Due to this, earwax buildup can occasionally be an issue for individuals who wear hearing aids. It’s just wax, fortunately, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll show you how.)

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

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

You may be surprised by this one. When someone develops hearing loss, it very gradually begins to affect brain function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.

One of the first things to go is the ability to understand the spoken language. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.

Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps stop this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. Studies show that they can slow down cognitive decline and even reverse it. In fact, one study reported by AARP showed 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 choose the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

But simple solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery trouble. There are methods you can use to substantially increase battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, currently you can purchase rechargeable hearing aids. Just put it on the charger at night. In the morning, simply put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered charging docs so they will be available to you even if you are camping or hiking.

6. There’s a Learning Curve

The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite advanced. It isn’t as hard as learning to use a new computer. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to adjust to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.

The longer and more regularly you wear hearing aids the better it gets. During 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 wear hearing aids. If you want to find out, give us a call.

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