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Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to use hearing aids”? How does a hearing aid feel when you have one on, what does it 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 in for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Get Feedback

No, not the kind you may receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.

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

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

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

2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Noisy Setting

Going to a restaurant with the family can seem like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are almost impossible to follow. Most of the evening, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.

But hearing aids nowadays have some really advanced technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the servers 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. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. If you get something in your eye, you generate tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.

They create extra wax.

Due to this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be a problem for people who wear hearing aids. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (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 might be surprised by this one. When somebody has hearing loss, it very slowly begins to impact brain function if they don’t have it treated as soon as possible.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to comprehend the spoken language. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become challenging.

This brain atrophy can be slowed by using hearing aids sooner than later. Your brain gets re-trained. Studies show that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. In fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

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

But simple solutions exist to alleviate much of this perceived battery hassle. You can significantly increase battery life by using the proper methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, you can purchase a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. Just put it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, simply put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

The technology of modern-day hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.

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

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

Only actually using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?

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References

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

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