I got hearing aids about 4 months ago–ReSound Quattros, rechargeables. I have been very disappointed by how uncomfortable they are. I have tried all 3 dome styles, in different sizes, with different length receiver wires, and they simply will NOT stay put in my ear canals. They constantly moved outward. I looked like a fool, pushing them in all the time. I ended up with custom made silicone moulds. That has greatly decreased the movement (but they still move outward a bit). I guess I have very mobile ears? But now I have to deal with a more artificial somewhat occluded hearing. And I feel them constantly–like I’m wearing earplugs I used to use if I road a motorcycle. So–I am totally envious of a few people I know who say they put them in and don’t even know that they are there. That’s not me.
I have had a lot of trouble with my glasses interacting with my RIC hearing aids. The temples on my current glasses were adjusted 3 times. It didn’t improve the fit. I went back to a pair of older glasses that worked better–but the prescription is off. I am now waiting on a pair, with a new prescription, that has very thin titanium temples without any coating on the part that hooks on the ears. I hope that will help.
All that being said. I am retired now and I lead a mostly quiet life. My hearing in quiet settings is much improved. I am understanding basically everything. That is a really good thing and I will take the discomfort given this amount of good.
But in addition to the discomfort, I also hear worse in noisy situations than I used to. My audiologist says it’s not so but she’s simply wrong. We’ve fiddled with my restaurant program, and I’ve tried other programs, and she’s worked on settings behind the scenes, and in noise I have a very hard time hearing even people close to me. My hearing inside my Subaru Forester is bad too. The road noise is what I hear most. If I’m with someone, I can use a feature called “clarify speech” and then I can understand what’s said. But then I am overwhelmed with the amplified sound. After a busy day interacting with people or in noisy settings, I am completely exhausted. I didn’t expect that.
So, after 4 months. I’m committed to making a go of it. Because understanding speech is the most important thing to me. But nothing sounds natural anymore, including my own voice. And dealing with noisy situations is a big challenge.
My family practice doctor told me that my hearing was such that he could certify me to operate a backhoe at a construction site. And in one ear my hearing is close to normal. He suggested I might try to convince an audiologist to sell me just one hearing aid. (That didn’t work.) He suggested I consider trying Bose Hearphones, especially around the house. But by then two different audiologists told me there was no doubt I needed hearing aids. They both ran the “unless you get them soon your brain will forget how to hear” line on me (really??) and talked about the link between hearing loss and developing dementia. I like to think I’m a pretty plucky person, not easily intimidated. But, well, I bought myself hearing aids. I’m sticking with them and hoping it will get better.