What Is It Really Like Using Hearing Aids?

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If your audiologist has recommended hearing aids, you might be eager to learn more about what it is like to use them. Some people can feel nervous about wearing hearing aids, but they are a necessary part of maintaining excellent hearing health while also having physical and mental benefits for the wearer. If you want to make sure you are prepared for wearing hearing aids when the time comes, here is some information that can help you feel better and even look forward to the next stage of your life. 

It can feel a little strange at first

Like anything new, hearing aids might feel a little strange to first-time wearers. This doesn’t just mean the sensation of wearing them, whether you’ve chosen in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) or in-the-canal (ITC) models, but also the range of new sounds that you’re presented with. 

Because things feel so different, especially if you have experienced hearing loss for a while, you become very aware of what has changed. Your brain may also take some time to adapt to this, and there’s a chance you’ll still operate as normal while you familiarize yourself with your improved hearing. Many hearing aid wearers report that they are even shocked by hearing their breath or footsteps, and assume they are coming from elsewhere.

But you get used to it quickly

However, don’t worry too much, as you will quickly get used to wearing hearing aids. If you are wearing them for the first time, you will need to adjust the volume and positioning to ensure it is as comfortable as possible and ensure your brain can tune out any unfamiliar sensations.

The more familiar you become with your hearing aid, the better the experience will be, too. Depending on the type of hearing aid you use, you can play with the numerous features that enhance your experience, and this opens up more versatile hearing possibilities that you may not even get with regular hearing. As there will be more noises than you are used to hearing, you can also distinguish them and identify what is important, such as direct speech, and what is not, like background noise.

People will not notice you have hearing aids

Some people are nervous about wearing a hearing aid. They become self-conscious about the device and think it makes them look older than they are. But, you can rest assured that the majority of people will not even notice you are wearing hearing aids and even those that might, such as co-workers or family members, are unlikely to mind. 

You can select more discreet hearing aids, such as ITE or ITC styles, which are worn in the bowl or canal of the ear, making them virtually invisible. 

Still, the most significant reason that people might assume you are wearing a hearing aid is your improved communication and listening ability. If you go from asking people to repeat themselves to responding immediately, they will be pleased for you, as it makes communication much easier for everyone. 

You will find every day more enjoyable 

One of the most significant changes you will encounter when wearing a hearing aid is the cacophony of sounds that will make every day more enjoyable. If you previously struggled to hear friends, family, and even baristas or bus drivers, you will relish the change you are experiencing with a hearing aid. 

Music will sound better. You will be able to keep up with conversations. You don’t have to pretend to hear nature sounds during hikes. All of these factors will make wearing a hearing aid feel like the best decision you have ever made, and you may wonder why you waited so long to embrace it. 

You will eventually forget you wear hearing aids

There will come the point where you are so used to wearing your hearing aid during everyday life, such as work, shopping, or even relaxing in front of the TV, that you forget you are wearing them entirely. This is a common phenomenon for many who wear hearing aids. Instead of it being a medical necessity, the hearing aid becomes an extension of themselves. 

As it becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll put them in every morning and take them out each night, taking care to maintain them along the way, which ensures you will enjoy all the benefits of hearing aids for as long as possible.

Find out more today

If you are experiencing hearing loss and want to speak to an audiologist about your hearing aid options, get in touch with Valley Hearing Center today at 831-240-4162 to find out more about our services and how we can help you transform your life and offer better hearing.