After procrastinating for at least 10 years (I’m 35), I finally visited an audi last month and was fitted today. My hearing loss was starting to impact my ability to communicate at work (office environment).
Sensory high frequency loss. Moderate to severe
I think like many other who are new to hearing aids, I only wanted to consider CICs even though I understand they do not have the same capabilities as other types. My audi fitted me with Starkey Destiny 400s.
This really is one of the strangest experiences for me. The initial adjustment was difficult because I expected there to be a dramatic difference in what I could hear. It was so difficult to sit in the office and get them adjusted when I really didn’t know what to expect or even how to feel about the different adjustments. What I do know is that my voice sounds different, almost mechanical. She was able to improve that very quickly, but it’s still not normal. Her voice on the other hand sounded normal to me. But I couldn’t tell you if I was hearing her better than without the aids. Maybe that’s the whole point is that you’re not supposed to notice that things sound better, they just sound normal. I was expecting that there would be some sort of test but it was just my audi and me talking. Is that typical? Why not play some sort of audio book or a simulated conversation so that I can hear the difference during the adjustment?
I do know that I can hear my children better, boy 2 and girl 6. Although a couple screeches by boy2 were startling and actually made me jump. Is that normal if you are in a fairly quiet environment and then have a loud noise that it seems extremely loud? Or does that mean that I need to get an adjustment? Or will I just get used to it?
I’m looking forward to work on Monday to see if I’ll actually be able to hear my coworkers better, especially when there are background noises.
I know a lot of you are old salts at this, but I hope you’ll put up with a few newbie questions as I’m sure to have plenty more.