Recently it was detected that I had a mild hearingloss in the low frequencies (around - 20 dB) and a moderate one in the middle frequencies (around -40 db in the 3000 and 4000 Khz range). I am 48 years old and I suspect I struggle with hearing loss (and tinnitus) since my mid teens.
At first I wasn’t thinking of getting myself hearing aids as my hearing loss seems not severe enough. In fact, in my dialy life I do not encounter many problems due to my handicap I grew accustomed to. It seems more a comfort problem. But as the audiologist told me “if you don’t use it, lose it” I wanted nevertheless to give it a try and decided to testdrive different hearing aids.
I began with the Widex Inteo In-9 with closed earmolds. What a desillusion : everything I heard seemed so overpowering I got crazy and I particularly missed the timber & the 3D dimension of my natural ears. Worst of all, I was not capable of picking up the phone at work : even with positioning the phone a little bit above my ear, I was still not capable of understanding anything. Something I still can do, without any problem, with my natural hearing btw.
So, since last week I am trying out the Widex Inteo élan In-9é with open fittings. All the problems I encountered with the previous set HA seem to vanish : no overpowering sound that drives me crazy, extremely natural timbre with 3D dimension and the possibility to answer the phone at work.
In fact the only thing I seem to miss is a bit of power/amplification : with the closed fittings I had an overall loudness gain of 25 to 30 %, whereas with the open fittings this falls back to a 10 to 15 %. Is this normal ?
The second minor problem I encounter is that at some moments the sounds seems to fade out and the incoming sound doesn’t sound so crisp anymore accompanied with a little fall in loudness. The audiologist already replaced the left hearing aid, but I still notice this inconvencience ad random on … both the hearing aids. Has it something to do with the processing of the sound ?
My husband is not totally convinced of the fact I really need hearing aids for 2 reasons : 1) My hearing loss is not severe enough to encounter many problems in daily life, it’s more a comfort problem and 2) He is not sure that I got enough return in hearing possibilities in proportion to the high cost of the hearing aids (around 3.600 €).
I really don’t know what to think anymore. Any suggestions or considerations are welcome