Hi! I was tested with moderate hearing loss (downward slope type) and I don’t have my first hearing aid appt until the end of the month. In another post many folks shared that it was important that when I get my hearing aids … to wear them regularly and that sounds will hear louder than before. Given that I would prefer not to ask family members to repeat things more than they need to in the mean time, I have taken a headband and using aluminum foil and tape created sound catchers - having noticed that if I put my hands behind my ears I can hear quite clearly. I’ve made a couple of prototypes and they are helpful, lightweight, easily worn but a little weird looking - well, a lot weird looking! Family members and I are having a good time fooling with this DIY technology. But laughter aside, it is actually helpful.
I’m using aluminum foil as it lightweight and moldable and can be easily attached to a headband. I have thought that pipe cleaners might be useful for a mold - what I believe I need is a shell like / cup like shape attached to both sides of the headband.
3 reason I am enjoying playing with these:
I can actually hear better
It is fun to play with and also gets other people in on the fun.
Perhaps I will be able to get used to hearing at louder levels prior to the hearing aids and this may ease me into hearing aids … at least as far as the sound level goes.
Any tips that any of you have created and/or suggestions for materials, etc. would be welcome.
So far I’ve tried aluminum foil sheets - like panels that stick straight out - like sheets of paper behind the ear, and more molded shell-shape ones. I usually have used several aluminum foil layers together thinking that if it is a bit sturdier it might catch the sound better.