What is it like to wear hearing aids all day every day? If you are considering hearing aids, we’ve created this typical day to explain opportunities and challenges amplification via Bluetooth rechargeable hearing aids provide.
Rise and shine!
I get up and do my regular morning workout. I exercise alone and tend to get a bit sweaty, so I don’t put in my hearing aids yet. Moisture and hearing aids don’t mix so I leave them in the charger. Once I’ve stretched, showered, and dressed, I’m ready.
As they have been on charge overnight, I check that the indicator lights are showing that they are fully charged. I take the hearing aids out of the charger and see them starting up. I position them in each ear and hear the familiar start-up melody. I immediately notice the difference and welcome the clarity and definition they provide. Once again, I’m “on the air”.
Streaming on the go
After breakfast, I grab my phone and jump into the car. My Bluetooth hearing aids automatically connected to my phone when they started up this morning so before I set off I either set up a podcast to listen to, find some music or make a phone call.
I’ve set up the hearing aid app on my phone ahead of time to balance the mix of the streaming audio so that I can still safely hear all environmental noises. I used to hate using the phone because I needed to use speaker phone but now the call is piped straight to my Bluetooth hearing aids. My prescription is applied so I can hear the person speaking clearly in both ears.
Adjusting to noisy places
I arrive at the shops and it’s both busy and noisy. With multiple noise sources, made up of voices, shopping trollies, music, and general activity, it used to be very difficult for me to hear speech. And it’s still a more challenging environment than home, so I switch to another program on my aids. My Audiologist set up a program for me that provides additional noise suppression and more specific targeting of the microphones so I can hear the person speaking in front of me, and less of the racket going on all around. Over time I’ve become used to the noise again, but if it gets too much, I just drop the volume down on the hearing aids. Problem solved.
On the way to the car, I see Maxine, so I offer her a lift home. If I don’t have my hearing aids in speaking in the car is very difficult for me, especially if I’m trying to hear what’s said from the back seat. I tend to be the driver and my left ear is my bad ear, so any speech gets swallowed up with road noise. Max likes to talk, and I’m happy to listen, because I can now. I don’t need to fake it.
A quick video call
I’m back home in time for my telehealth appointment. Starting up the computer and switching on the Bluetooth TV streamer I connect directly. Between the streamed audio (going directly to my hearing aids) and being able to see my doctors face without a face mask, it’s almost better that being there in person and wearing a mask. It feels good to be able to use technology to help me get health services which work for me.
Flexible TV audio
I take the aids out for about an hour whilst I have an afternoon nap. I put them into the charger for a top up charge. They don’t really need it, but I just like to know exactly where they are all the time, and it won’t do them any harm to be at full charge.
After dinner and stacking the dishwasher (I make a note that the sound of dishes is a little too sharp. Later on I’ll adjust the EQ in the app, or talk to my Audiologist about it) I flick on the TV and streamer. I have a TV streamer in the study for the computer and one in the lounge for the TV and they both connect automatically depending on which one I’m nearest to.
With my partner on the phone in the background, I grab my mobile and using the app, reduce the volume of the hearing aid microphones so that I get less environmental noise and more of the TV audio. If I’m needed, I’ll just switch back to the default sound setting, or mute the TV volume directly. I can adjust my audio independently of the TV’s room volume, so If I’m joined later, we can still chat whilst watching the TV, and I’m not cut off.
Time for bed
Part of my bedtime routine is to give the rechargeable hearing aids a once over. I clean the body and brush the microphone ports and domes and make sure the recharging contacts are clean. Its coming to the end of the month so I make a mental note to remove the domes and change the wax filters soon.
I put them to bed in the hearing aid charger and watch as the indicator light show me that they are charging. The active drying feature (available with some rechargeable hearing aids) means that any moisture that has accumulated in the devices over the day will be removed whilst I sleep.
Rather than being a burden, my rechargeable Bluetooth hearing aids help me. I realise my hearing loss has a negative impact on my health and my social life, but these put me in back in control. Getting hearing aids isn’t like getting glasses, but for me the effort has been rewarded.
Find the device that’s right for you
We started A Better Ear because we felt the need to practice hearing care in an independent and ethical manner free from sales targets and commissions. Each patient is unique and has unique needs and desires. To meet those needs we consult in a transparent and inclusive manner and source your hearing aid from all manufacturers and models that are available on the Australian market.
If you wish to get it right the first time, contact A Better Ear for a comprehensive one-hour consultation and assessment. We’ll put you in the drivers’ seat and help you navigate your options. At the end of the day its your choice. We’re here to help you make an informed one.
Disclaimer: All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion. Eligibility for, and services available under the Hearing Services Program may change. Please check the HSP website for up-to-date details.
Also, read these blogs
- The Life of a Rechargeable Hearing Aid
- How Bluetooth hearing aids work
- Can’t hear over background noise?