Hi everyone! I could use some help about next steps.
Here’s the important info: I have mild hearing loss in low frequencies (reverse slope) with exceptionally good hearing loss at high frequencies. I struggle to hear male voices, some deeper female voices, in noisy situations, on the phone while in the car, and in larger spaces when a/c is running. I work in education, managing adults in school settings. I am in a trial phase for hearing aids right now. I’m still working out features (autophone works only some of the time, for example) and hearing new sounds (thunder rumbling, boiling water, my a/c). I’ve managed to wear the hearing aids for the last six days for nearly all of the day. I have some minor out ear skin irritation. Overall, I’d say the adjustment has not been terrible.
Here’s the question: I’m not sure most people notice my hearing loss. (I only realized it was a thing as masks were being worn and I’ve had some trouble at work with preparing for a phonics-based assessment where I need to discriminate between vowel sounds.) The hearing aids help but I’m not sure the difference outweighs the cost and the upkeep I’ll need to do. I don’t know any other hearing aid users so I’m stuck for where to seek advice. I also haven’t told barely anyone that I was even having this trouble because I didn’t want to make it a big deal with friends and at work. Thoughts on the next steps? Do I keep them? Do I wait for hearing to get worse and then get them then?