When some people are looking for natural sound, so they can hear the most natural sounds, but I think that in that case you ignore the fact that hearing aids often do not have natural sound, but more unnatural, with the reason to emphasize speech frequencies to make speech better understood. People should test how they understand the speech of others with these hearing aids, because it is not enough to look for natural sounds. Our ear is mostly damaged, some hairs have been destroyed in the cochlea and they make our hearing very difficult to understand, so hearing aids often distort the sound to make speech better understood.
I am currently wearing an older Phonak Naida Q50, the first time I put the hearing aid on my ear, it was like I couldn’t hear anything, it took time to get used to and start recognizing the sounds that were muted. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
I had situations where in a noisy situation I would not understand others, there were other situations when I wanted to adjust the sound because I was not satisfied with the conditions in which I find myself. The new devices are automated, maybe even better than the old ones, especially the one I currently have but I think most hearing aids are too automated. They can’t always know exactly what I want, that’s why I was most interested in Widex Evoke or Moment because it has the option to create sound through (A - B options) and eventually make your own program. I would like other manufacturers to introduce it as well because no one can always predict what exactly I want. For example if I am in nature and running, it is most normal that I want the most natural sound of nature, the sound of birds etc. because I want to relax, but when I would talk to someone then I would want a program that is adapted for speech.