Hi everyone, what a wonderful site this is, a wealth of knowledge and advice, so glad I found it.
A little bit about me, I am 48 years old and have suffered from impaired hearing all my life due to narrow ear canals. Over the past few years my hearing has become progressively worse due to age, and now I have moderate hearing loss and struggle even more with conversations than I did before. I can’t hear the TV either.
So, eventually back in November 2020 I decided to get things sorted and got a pair of hearing aids fitted, which I have had since 2nd Dec 2020. I have to say that I am very pleased with them, and have had no issues at all, in fact I am now experiencing all kinds of new sounds, and enriched sounds I could already hear. Conversations with people is absolutely amazing, I can actually understand what they are saying pretty much first time every time. I no longer feel trapped in my own little world of silence!
This leads me onto my main question, and that is how to deal with people shouting. As I have never had good hearing, this new experience is new to my brain, and whilst listening to the birds, the wind, water etc is quite amazing, having to listen to people suddenly shout is an issue.
For example, my wife is very strict with our animals (cats, dog & horse). On the whole, normal conversation is fine at a normal volume. However, when she shouts at them, I am not used to such loud noises and it really does startle me. It’s gotten to a point now where I am taking out my hearing aids when in the house during the daytime, and so I am not getting the full benefit of them anymore.
Does anyone else suffer from the same issue, and will I ever get used to people shouting?
Thanks again for such a wonderful site!