Two women talking about what hearing aids are really like while having coffee at a table.

Ever ask yourself “what would it really be like to wear hearing aids”? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, 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 see us for a demonstration.

1. Occasionally 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 sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.

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

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

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

2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting

If you suffer from neglected hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can seem like you’re eating alone. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the conversations. Most of the evening, you may wind up just nodding and smiling.

But hearing aids nowadays have some pretty sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. The voices of your family and the wait staff become crystal clear.

3. At Times it Gets a Little Sticky

When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. Your body will create saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

So it’s no surprise that those who wear hearing aids often get to manage wax buildup. Luckily, it’s only wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We can help you learn how.)

Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

This one might surprise you. When someone develops hearing loss, it very gradually starts to affect brain function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.

Fully understanding spoken language is one of the first things to go. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.

Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can decrease cognitive decline and even reverse it. In fact, one study conducted by AARP showed that 80% of people had increased cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced

Many individuals simply hate dealing with those tiny button batteries. And they seem to run out of juice at the worst times, like when you’re about to find out “whodunnit” in a mystery movie, or just as your friend is telling you the juicy details of a story.

But many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily solved. There are strategies you can use to substantially increase battery life. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.

Or, today you can buy rechargeable hearing aids. 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 fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve

The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It’s not as difficult as learning to use a new computer. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take a little time.

The longer and more consistently you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Throughout this adjustment time, 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.

Only actually wearing 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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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.