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Ever ask yourself “what would it really be like to wear hearing aids”? What would your best friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about wearing one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to know, come see us for a demo.

1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Have Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when someone tells you how they feel about your performance. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.

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

While this might sound mortifying, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.

Some state-of-the-art 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

Going to a restaurant with the family can seem like eating dinner by yourself if you have untreated hearing loss. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may find yourself sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.

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

3. It Gets a Little Sticky at Times

Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will create saliva if you eat something too spicy. You will produce tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

So it’s not surprising that those who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with the buildup of earwax. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We can help you learn how.)

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

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

You may be surprised by this one. If someone starts to develop hearing loss it will gradually affect cognitive function as it progresses.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand the spoken language. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a difficulty.

This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by using hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of individuals had increased mental function, according to research carried out by the AARP, after using hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

Many individuals simply hate managing those little 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 most of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily resolved. There are strategies you can use to significantly extend battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just dock it on the charger when you go to bed. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve

Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. It isn’t as difficult as learning to use a new computer. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.

The longer and more routinely you wear hearing aids the better it gets. During this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

Anybody who’s been using a pair of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.

This is what it’s really like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?

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