3 FAQs About Hearing Aids
If you are losing your hearing, it is likely that the best solution for you is to be fitted with a hearing aid. However, if you’ve never had to wear hearing aids before, you may not know what to expect from the experience. If you’ve recently been told you need hearing aids, consider the following three frequently asked questions.
How does a hearing aid work?
A hearing aid works very simply. When a noise occurs, the microphone picks it up. It is then amplified through the hearing aid and the speaker repeats the noise loudly enough for you to hear it. All of this happens instantaneously so that you can continue to have a conversation or listen to the TV without getting behind.
Hearing aids are powered using small batteries so that they will fit snugly and won’t be heavy. The battery combined with a tiny circuit board are what make the hearing aid so effective but are also the reason that you can have your hearing aids tuned to your needs. For example, some hearing aids can filter out some background noise to make it easier to hear a conversation in a restaurant.
Will people notice I’m wearing a hearing aid?
Though it is completely natural to be concerned about how you will look, you should think of your hearing aid as being similar to a pair of glasses. You wouldn’t avoid glasses because you don’t like how they look – it’s far too important to be able to see properly. A hearing aid is the same - it is much more noticeable when you can’t hear properly because you might make weird responses to questions you have misheard or drop out of the conversation completely.
Most hearing aids are very small and in many cases, your hair will cover the hearing aid so that it isn’t noticeable at all. Hearing aids are also much more common so you don’t need to worry about standing out - you aren’t the only one. If you are still concerned, you should ask your audiologist about invisible hearing aids. They are more expensive but are not detectable at all.
How will a hearing aid change my life?
Many people don’t realize just how much they have been struggling until they get their hearing aids for the first time. Just being able to join in a conversation again will have a positive impact on your social life and self-esteem. When you can hear easily, you won’t get so frustrated or feel left out of groups.
In older people, hearing aids can also make a huge difference as they are more prone to loneliness and may quickly lose confidence if they can’t join in conversations. Similarly, they are much more likely to get bored if they can’t entertain themselves by listening to the radio or watching TV. It is no exaggeration to say that a hearing aid can be a new lease on life.