Like many in this forum I’ve known my hearing is declining so I went out and got some aids. After a couple of visits to audiologists I settled on the Costco KS6 that I see discussed a lot in this forum. I didn’t want to hijack someone else’s thread so here is my own. My problem is this:
The world now sounds like I am listening to it through my old transistor radio from 1965 when I was fifteen. Everything is tinny and thin. Voices are not realistic, small sounds like keyboards are extremely loud (I turned them off to write this), the noise from reading the paper is way too loud and distracting, music sounds awful and thin (I read here about the crappy low frequency response of the aids).
So, my question is: is this normal? Do you hearing aid wearers have a different experience?
Maybe my reaction would be different if someone had warned me to this. I guess I expected the world to sound like I was wearing my Bose headphones, i.e. everything crystal clear. Especially for something so expensive. But, it is as far from that experience as humanly possible. I bought FIVE cheap earbuds for $20 on Amazon to wear while cycling and they are so far superior it’s ridiculous.
I’ve only had them four days but as of now, I’m probably returning them. I have not gone in for further fitting/tweaking but given how far away from acceptable this is I am not optimistic.