I am mid 60s and very active.
Have owned hearing aids, since my mid 40s.
First I did not wear them much.
Gradually I have increased their use.
Mostly I have had the high end units.
BTE with receiver in ear and custom molds and all the BT and remote features.
For a long time I felt that using headphones, or other amplifiers was a more natural sound.
Lately I feel I need to wear my hearing aids, if I will at all be needing to hear.
I use them for all phone and computer work and watching TV and even going for a walk, where I might meet people.
My audiologist insists that my hearing has not changed “MUCH”
But I feel that the world is far quieter than ever before without my aids in my ears.
Simple conversation indoors in quiet, which always was doable, face to face, is now difficult, unless I cup my hand behind my ear, which makes a huge difference.
Should I try to limit my hearing aid use, because in fact it is damaging my hearing.
Or should I embrace them maybe even upgrading to more powerful ones, because the benefits outweigh the risks. ?
I cannot tell if I have gotten used to the aids, and so I am less attuned to listening without them, or if my hearing is further being impacted with more hair cilia being destroyed from the louder sound I am now hearing.
Any comments, ideas, experiences, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.