What is it like to wear a hearing aid or cochlear implant?

Question by Bear: What is it like to wear a hearing aid or cochlear implant?
If you had your hearing before, do things sound different to you now that you have a hearing aid or cochlear implant? What is it like wearing one? Does it ever bother you? Was it difficult to get used to at first? Have you ever been made fun of for wearing one (or two)? Do you still have problems hearing even with your hearing aid? What is it like in noisy situations? How do you care for it (like cleaning)?
I’m extremely curious. Thanks! 🙂

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Answer by cdeafiem
I don’t even remember what it’s like to be hearing, as I’ve been wearing hearing aids since I was 2. Everything is amplified with the hearing aid, so it’s hard to “tune out” some sounds that most hearing people can tune out naturally (clocks ticking, humming of the computers, etc.). Hearing aids aren’t still perfect, even with all the technology out there. I can hear noise and sounds, but I can’t understand a word someone is saying unless I am facing them and reading their lips. I can’t just listen and make sense of what they’re saying. Noisy situations, forget it, it’s impossible to make sense of what people are saying with all the noise going on. And I will be getting a cochlear implant in March, and even that will take a lot of effort learning to listen with it. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, they’re not magic fixes.

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One Response to “What is it like to wear a hearing aid or cochlear implant?”

  1. IAN says:

    1. Things do sound different with hearing aids.
    2. I’ve never thought about what it’s like. I do hear better with my hearing aids, but I’ve never stopped to think what it’s like. Strange that.
    3. It doesn’t bother me now, but I was self conscious about them when I first went out in public wearing them.
    4. At first when i started wearing them it was strange. I was aware that I had things in my ears, I wear the behind the ear style and have ear molds in my ears. It took me a couple of weeks to get used toi having my aids in and probably about 3 months to get used to hearing the best I can with them. Sound as I’ve said is strange at first and it takes time to re-learn how to hear and filter out all the noise that I suddenly seemed to be bombarded with. Everything seemed very loud at first.
    5. No never been made fun of.
    6. Yes, even with my hearing aids I can’t hear perfectly and I do have to lip read as well. I’m also learning to sign as my deafness is worse now than when I first started wearing hearing aids. Hearing aids do not replace normal hearing and no matter how good they might be, they are only aids that help me to hear the best I can with the hearing I’ve got left
    7. I still hear poorly when it’s noisy because of the level of my deafness (I have a severe hearing loss) and this is were lipreading takes over or sometimes signing if I’m with other people who sign.
    8. Looking after hearing aids is routine. There are simple does and don’ts. The audiologist gave me a lot of instruction on how to clean my aids and my ear molds, but it’s all pretty easy. One important thing I found out very early on is always to keep spare batteries with me. It’s a lesson quickly learnt when you are talking to someone and you hear the low battery warning beeps coming from you hearing aids and you are in mid conversation and you know that your batteries are going to quit.

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