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

1. Sometimes You Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how what they think about your performance. When a microphone and a speaker detect each other’s signal, they interfere with each other creating a high-pitched screeching sound. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.

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

Though this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re experiencing 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 Hear Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

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. Conversations are virtually impossible to keep up with. Most of the night, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.

But hearing aids today have some pretty advanced technology that can cancel out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the servers into crystal clearness.

3. It Gets a Little Sticky at Times

Your body has a way of telling you when something doesn’t belong. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to wash it out. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

They generate extra wax.

So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage wax buildup. Fortunately, it’s just wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll show you how.)

Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

This one may surprise you. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will slowly affect brain function as it progresses.

One of the first things to go is the ability to understand what people are saying. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.

5. You Have to Replace The Batteries

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

But simple solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery hassle. There are methods 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, you can buy a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. At night, simply put them on the charger. Put it back on in the morning. 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

Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will certainly take a little time.

It gradually improves as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids throughout this transition.

Anybody who’s been wearing a pair of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.

Only actually wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. If you want to find out, call us.

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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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