Hello everyone -
I am new to this forum and have some questions regarding a new set of hearing aids I recently purchased.
I have worn hearing aids for about 6 years and recently found that they were no longer doing the job for me, mainly because I was missing much of general conversations I was having with various people. They worked well for a long time but as my hearing declined they have become obsolete.
I went and got a hearing test and found that I’d lost quite a bit since the last test, especially in the high frequencies.
The Audiologist said that the best bet for me was an over-the-ear design which would have front and rear speakers and could be programmed to cut down on ‘surround’ noise to better able me to focus on others in front of me who I was conversing with. I reluctantly said OK, because I’m vain and had been using CIC (completely in canal) aids for years and they are almost invisible to others, but said OK because I want to be able to converse.
Anyway, I got my new ones 3 weeks ago and they really are loud…actually they were almost too loud and sharp (high end noise) for me initially, but I realized that I’d need some ‘getting used to’ time. These are much more powerful than my old ones and I knew my brain would have to adjust to the difference. I went Friday to get an adjustment and told her I needed the highs turned down some and the lows raised and she adjusted them for me.
I’m not happy with the results at present. The sound has improved a bit but I don’t seem to be able to understand the voices on TV or my wife’s voice at times. Her voice comes across loud but garbled and I’m still missing much of what she says. Everything is louder, but not necessarily more clear.
It’s like the highs are so high and sharp that it’s distorted. Now I think I need to make another appointment and have more of the highs lowered or the lows increased.
I’d like some feedback on this situation if possible. I have 60 days from purchase in which to return them and they are expensive so I don’t want to have to keep something that is never going to work for me.
Maybe the CIC aids would be a better fit for me.