Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

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

1. Sometimes You Get Feedback

No, not the kind you may receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound 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.

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

Even though this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might 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 suppression system.

2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

If you have untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating by yourself. Conversations are virtually impossible to keep up with. Most of the evening, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.

But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. The voices of your family and the wait staff become crystal clear.

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky Sometimes

When something is not right, your body has a way of responding to it. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. You will make tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

They create extra wax.

So it’s not surprising that those who wear hearing aids often get to deal with wax buildup. It’s only wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (We’ll show you how.)

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

4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain

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

Fully understanding what people are saying is one of the first things to go. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.

This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by wearing hearing aids as soon as you can. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can slow down cognitive decline and even reverse it. In fact, 80% of people had improved brain function, according to a study conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

5. You Have to Replace The Batteries

Many people simply hate dealing with those little button batteries. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

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

Or, you can purchase a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered chargers so they will be available to you even if you are hiking or camping.

6. There’s a Learning Curve

The technology of modern hearing aids is rather sophisticated. It isn’t as hard as learning to operate a new computer. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to adapt to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.

It steadily improves as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

People who have stayed the course and worn their hearing aids for six months or more usually will say it’s all worth it.

Only actually using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. If you want to figure it out, contact us.

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