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Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to use hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked honest questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about using one? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you need to come in for a demo, but for now, continue reading for a description of what you can expect.

1. Occasionally You Get Feedback

This isn’t the type of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your results. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It causes a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know what to do with.

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

While this may sound mortifying, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be properly 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 Hear in a Noisy Setting

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

But today’s hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the servers into crystal clarity.

3. Sometimes it Gets a Little Sticky

When something isn’t right, your body has a way of reacting to it. If you eat something too spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to wash it out. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you generate tears to wash your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.

Earwax production.

So it’s hardly surprising that individuals who wear hearing aids often get to deal with wax buildup. It’s just 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 to good hearing.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

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

One of the first things to go is the ability to comprehend the spoken language. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.

Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to numerous studies. In fact, 80% of individuals had increased mental function, according to a study conducted by the AARP, after using hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.

5. You Have to Replace The Batteries

Those tiny button batteries can be somewhat challenging to manage. And they seem to die 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 difficulties with these batteries can be easily resolved. You can significantly increase battery life by implementing the right strategies. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, currently you can purchase rechargeable hearing aids. Just put it on the charger at night. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

Today, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s a lot easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.

It progressively gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

Anyone who’s been wearing a set of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s 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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