I developed sensorineural hearing loss due to exposure to very loud music in my teens and early twenties though headphones mainly, people next to me would be shocked of how loud my music is. I did this for 13 years and I’m now 27 and I’m suffering the consequences. My grandma also has hearing loss so I suppose there’s some heredity factor and I was already susceptible to it, although none of my 5 siblings developed hearing loss.
Now I have moderate to severe hearing loss and I live my day to day life without hearing aid which is very difficult and often embarrassing. It’s especially hard nowadays with everyone wearing masks and not being able to read their lips. I surrendered a year or two ago and had my first hearing aid. I never wore it after the day I tested it because it basically sounded like I was hearing though a speaker… or microphone. It’s hard to explain but it was weird. You know when you’re in middle school or high school and someone was talking with a microphone in the stadium? That’s what it sounded like. I don’t know if that’s normal, but I thought they’d be like glasses. You put them on and you hear clearly, no big deal.
Anyway, since I’m having more problems these days I decided to take advantage of this year’s insurance (since my insurance covers one pair of $1600 hearing aid a year). I thought why not. Might as well have it around just in case. Plus I’m more comfortable with the idea of wearing it now. I told the person who did my hearing test my problem with my previous hearing aid, he said it shouldn’t feel this way, and when you go again to the center who will make he hearing aid for you ask them to adjust the old and new one well. He said it’s probably a problem with adjustment.
What do you guys think? I know that hearing and wearing hearing aids are subjective experiences that are hard to convey, but how “normal” do hearing aid feel like? As I said I’ve worn glasses before and they really were not that big of a deal. Do you think some adjustment will make the sound more natural? How do I know when the adjustment is “right” when I have no prior experience or reference point?
By the way, as you can tell English is not my first language. Sorry if this was hard to read.