Wearing hearing aids for the first time can be a bit of a surprise, especially if our hearing has been dim for a while. If you have reading specs, you know the immediate benefit from the transition of fuzzy sight to crystal clear vision.
Hearing aids work similarly as they completely open your life to experiencing sound in a rejuvenating way. We created this post so you know what to expect when your Blue Angels delivery arrives and you can finally hear better again after all those years missing out.
Five Small Miracles - How Our Senses Work
We have five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Each of these has its own unique sensors that collect information from our environment and send it as signals to our brains.
Our brains comprehend these signals using neural pathways they created based on past experiences. Therefore, we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in our minds. Our experience is richer when more than one sense is feeding our brains.
Our Brains Adjust Depending on the Quality of the Signal
Our sight becomes more acute when we are in the dark. That’s why a flashlight seems brighter when it first appears out the gloom, although our brains soon adjust and we quickly forget what happened.
Our hearing works similarly. Try this harmless experiment to simulate the experience of wearing hearing aids for the first time.
- Obtain a pair of right-sized medically approved ear plugs. The flexible ones that swimmers use are okay for our purpose. Twist them in gently while somebody else is reading to you at a steady tempo and volume.
- Notice how the volume dips suddenly and the words become harder to follow. Now remove the hearing aids after five minutes once your brain has adjusted. Notice how the volume seems louder at first until your brain resets again.
That’s What It’s like Wearing Hearing Aids at First!
What it’s like wearing hearing aids for the first time depends on your level of deafness, the hearing aids you select, and how sensitive you are to changes affecting your lifestyle. We asked a person wearing hearing aids to describe the difference, and this is what they said.
Wearing Hearing Aids: The Physical Experience
Our basic, behind-the-ear rechargeable hearing aids @$297.99 a pair, including delivery are the least expensive type. That’s because there’s more room for the technology outside the ear canal. However, they do have tiny tubes connecting them to ‘grommets’ holding them temporarily in our ear canals, and these could snag on the strings of facemasks we have to wear during COVID, if we are not careful.
While our more advanced, behind-the-ear rechargeable hearing aids @$497.99 a pair, including delivery still have manageable, flexible tubes, they offer superior dual microphones that help you focus on the sounds you want to hear. This is especially important with new hearing aids your brain is still adjusting to.
Our advanced in-the-ear hearing aids are the pick of the crop @$597.99 a pair, including delivery. That’s because they do away with the tubes that snag on things, while still offering the opportunity to focus on sounds you want to hear. If you can stretch your budget you will find the extra $100 rewards you handsomely.
Wearing Hearing Aids: The Quality of the Sound
Cast your mind back to the experiment with the swimmers’ ear plugs. We learned how our brain compensates for soft sounds by ‘cranking up the volume’. If you are hard of hearing, you may not know it, but your brain may have been doing this for a very long time.
So it stands to reason everything will sound louder when your wear your Blue Angels hearing aids for the first time. However, our engineers have thoughtfully allowed a simple volume adjustment on each hearing aid. Remember, the individual settings may be different, because no two ears are the same.
But, oh boy are you up for a few surprises. Like rediscovering you can hear voices down the hallway, and the early-morning calls of birds again. After a couple of weeks you’ll stop noticing the difference, because your wonderful brain has re-adjusted its neural settings, just for you.
However, the true impact of what you achieved may only be evident when you take your hearing aids out at night. That’s because you re-enter the world of stuffy ears and dull sounds again. This could be the moment when you discover how sharp you were to start wearing hearing aids.
Wearing Hearing Aids: The Quality of Social Interaction
But your greatest benefit will be being able to take part in normal conversations again, join social gatherings, and chat quietly over dinner with your guests. They will probably be too polite to say ‘welcome back.’ But you will see the appreciation in their eyes, when they realize they can converse normally again.
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