What is it Like to Live With Hearing Aids?
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The truth is, at first, it can be a bit strange to wear hearing aids. As with anything new, you become very aware of them in the beginning. It may take you some time to adjust because your brain has gotten used to hearing less for so long. With new hearing aids, it is common to be surprised by how much you can hear your own breath and your own footsteps. These sounds can even sound like they are coming from someone else, or appear uncomfortably loud!
The good news is, you can quickly adjust to hearing with hearing aids
These effects quickly pass. With hearing aids, our brains have to re-adapt to having the sound restored. They have to re-learn how to hear again: what is important, what is just noise, and how to tell the difference.
Once you have mastered this and learn to “tune out” noise, hearing begins to feel completely normal again.
People don’t even notice you have hearing aids on
Often, people are concerned about how they will look with hearing aids on; they wonder what other people will think. However, once people have had hearing aids fitted, they are often surprised that people barely notice them – if anyone does at all.
This is because almost all modern hearing aids are sleek and discreet. The technology has transformed in the last decade, with digitalization and miniaturization allowing hearing aids to hide discreetly behind or in the ear. Hearing aids are lighter and smaller than glasses, clothes, and hats – and people wear them all the time while barely noticing their presence!
With hearing aids, you can hear more of the joys of life!
With hearing aids, many wonderful sounds of the world return that you may not have noticed were gone. Birdsong is a common one. The voices of children are another. This is because hearing loss often impedes your ability to hear higher-pitched sounds.
Then, there are the sounds that make life richer by giving it context: leaves blowing in the wind, waves crashing on the beach, rain falling on a roof. All of the small sounds of life add up to make people more present and feeling more in the moment, more alert, and more aware.
Hearing aids help you interact with other people as well, making conversations easier in person, on the phone, and in crowded places.
You remember you have hearing aids when …
- You put on your glasses and feel the stems make gentle contact with the hard hearing aid shell. Luckily, hearing aids are designed to sit comfortably behind the ear, even while wearing glasses.
- You get a beep in the ear when you need to change batteries. This can come as a bit of a surprise the first few times. The beep indicates low batteries, giving you a few hours warning before you need to replace them.
- You go for a swim or take a shower. Although most modern hearing aids can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, it’s still important to remember to take hearing aids off before engaging in water activities.
Even with this article, the best way to understand what it’s like to wear hearing aids is to try them yourself! You can book a free hearing aid demo to test the latest hearing tech here or call 1-866-369-0496.
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