Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL - Bonita Springs, FL

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Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to wear hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked candid questions about what it sounds 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 in for a demo.

1. At Times You Get Feedback

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

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

Although this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. You may need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.

Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant

If you have neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. Conversations are virtually impossible to follow. Most of the evening, you might find yourself just nodding and smiling.

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

3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes

Your body has a way of letting you know when something shouldn’t be there. Your body will create saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.

Earwax production.

Due to this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be a problem for people who wear hearing aids. Thankfully, it’s just wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll show you how.)

Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and begin enjoying your hearing again.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

This one might surprise you. When a person has hearing loss, it very slowly begins to affect cognitive function if they don’t have it treated quickly.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to comprehend the spoken language. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. Research shows that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. In fact, 80% of people had increased cognitive function, according to a study conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage 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 many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily resolved. There are methods you can use to significantly increase battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, today you can buy hearing aids that are rechargeable. When you go to bed, just place them on the charger. In the morning, just put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

The technology of modern hearing aids is rather sophisticated. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take some time.

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

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 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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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.