whoops…posted it on the wrong section
This is my first week with HAs for my cookie bite. My new job (7 mos here) is in a cubicle environment where everyone whispers (and i thought mumbled too). So this encouraged me to finally get some HAs. Well, now I hear everything!! I am still trying to figure out which volume setting is the best for me while working at my desk. The audiologist said i might find the office louder and uncomfortable but i find its amazing. I can hear everyones conversations!! (In the past, I had always taken private calls on my cell phone outside bc i wasn’t sure how much others could hear…apparently they can hear it all)
I feel like i’m eavesdropping - I never heard any of this before!! Now i can see how people would pop out of their cubicles and join in a conversation from down the aisle…i always wondered what they were talking about.
Funny thing is that in a cubicle environment, i am having a hard time figuring out where the voices are coming from. It helps that i recognize all the voices and i have a good idea where most of them sit. But if someone has gone into someone elses cubicle - i have almost no idea where they are talking from. I’ve trying turning around and seeing if i can locate the direction and then pop my head up to confirm if i am correct. I’ve even heard conversations which have shown that others are discouraged about the same things i am. I was wondering if my volume was too high, was i intruding privacy?? But then another co-worker popped his head into my cubicle and said - “hey looks like she agrees with you!” - so he could hear the conversation too!
I did manage to have a long conversation with on soft-speaking co-worker and another who was outside the cubicle. I spoke to them normally and even told a joke which got a good response. Sounds silly a bit, but this is a very big deal!! I have felt so isolated in this new job and i did not realize how much of that was due to my hearing loss. (My old job was in a office environment, i had been there 10 yrs and knew everyone well, and well in my opinion they were all quite loud - so this is very different). I was so happy yesterday. My hearing aids are helping me make friends.