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Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are truly like? 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 in for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Get Feedback

This isn’t the type of feedback that you get when someone tells you how they feel about your results. When a microphone and a speaker pick up each other’s signal, they interfere with each other resulting in a high-pitched screeching sound. It creates a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.

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

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

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

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant

Eating dinner out with the family can seem like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are almost impossible to keep up with. Most of the night, you might find yourself 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 wait staff into crystal clarity.

3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes

When something is not right, your body has a way of responding to it. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something too spicy. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

They make extra wax.

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

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

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 what people are saying. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps stop this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. Studies show that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study conducted by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.

5. You Have to Replace The Batteries

Those little button batteries can be somewhat challenging to deal with. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

But many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily resolved. You can substantially increase battery life by implementing the right strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.

Or, nowadays you can purchase hearing aids that are rechargeable. Just dock it on the charger when you go to bed. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered chargers so you can charge them even if you are camping or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite advanced. 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 some time.

It gradually improves as you continue to wear your hearing aids. 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 typically will say it’s all worth it.

This is what it’s actually like to wear hearing aids. If you want to find out, call us.

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