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What Is It Like to Wear A Hearing Aid?

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If you find yourself needing to turn the TV up a little too often. Or perhaps you keep having to ask people to repeat themselves during conversations. You might find that you have some hearing loss. And while it could be time to get a hearing test or head to the audiologist for a chat, you might wonder in the meantime, what is it like to wear a hearing aid? 

Well, hearing aids come in a range of different styles:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • In the canal (ITC)

Your audiologist will be able to get you the right one for your circumstances.

Here are some of the benefits of wearing a hearing aid:

Independence

Suppose you have been reliant on other people to let you know what has been said or you aren’t confident and comfortable in everyday activities. In that case, you may have felt the loss of independence. When you have a hearing aid fitted, you are free to do a lot more, more safely. 

You’ll feel safer when you are alone, and will no longer need to rely on other people to let you know what is being said during a conversation.

Even simple things like ordering food at a busy restaurant become more comfortable for you. Giving you your independence back. Having the right hearing aid fitted is a powerful thing. You notice you get a significant boost in confidence over time.

Mental health

Depression can often accompany hearing loss and tinnitus. With the right treatment from the right or the audiologist, combined with the right hearing aid, this can be substantially improved. 

There is a significant correlation between hearing and mental health, being unable to follow conversations, missing things during lessons in school or college, all have a significant impact. 

What’s your hearing aids fitted you are more likely to hear and understand what people are talking about once again. Social lives are vastly improved with the right hearing aid on your side, and mental health can see a significant improvement.

Cognitive decline

Several studies have linked untreated hearing loss to an increased risk of reduced cognitive function. The reduction of cognitive function appears to be most significant for those who don’t wear a hearing aid to correct their hearing loss. A study by the University of Pennsylvania found that reduced hearing can accelerate atrophy of the brain’s auditory areas. This makes understanding speech more difficult. 

Quality of life

If you combine any number of hearing benefits, we’re all equates to a better quality of life. Once all the necessary adjustments have been made by the wearer of the hearing aids, there is an overall better quality of life. 

When you wear a hearing aid that’s correct at any hearing loss level, you will help improve things like tonight. In fact, hearing loss has even been linked to a reduced income because people are lower in confidence or missing a vital part of conversations out.

The longer you wear your hearing aids, the more you’ll enjoy wearing them. Your brain will learn to process sound and filter out noise.

The fit is important

There’s nothing like the right fit. Inserting your hearing aid correctly takes a bit of practice and is often tricky to do for the first time. Once the technique is mastered, you won’t look back. If you have persistent discomfort or the sound quality is compromised it may be worth getting your audiologist. They will take a look at your ear canal and make sure it’s not blocked with excess wax. The hearing aids can make your ear feel itchy first, which can be helped by proper cleaning each night. 

At no point should you feel pain. If this occurs, you need to seek further advice.

Wearing something in or behind your ear for long periods can leave you feeling a weird sensation at first. Rest assured, with time, you’d get used to wearing one – and wonder why you ever went without.

Learn more about Sparks Hearing & Balance call today at 775-336-0211 for more information.