Hi, I’ve worn analog hearing aids ever since I was 6. I’m now 25, and today I got my first pair of digital hearing aids, the Oticon Vigo. I have a mild-to-moderate loss, and I’m not quite sure what my percentage of loss is on each ear. But generally I only wore my hearing aids in situations where it wouldn’t be appropriate to constantly say “what did you say”? all the time. I would hear people but not always understand them. I’m sure you guys know what I mean.
Anyway, I got my new open-fit Vigos today and was expecting an adjustment, since I’ve worn analog all my life. Well, so far I like the way things sound…except my own voice! It sounds very flat and nasal and seems to be coming from the front of my nose and face (before, my voice sounded like it was coming from all directions). Also, when i talk with my Vigos on, I feel like I have to speak louder and work harder in order to hear my own voice! It’s very tiring. Overall, the general quality of the sounds I hear is very flat and lacks the deep rich tones I had before with my old analogs…even though I hear better with the Vigos. It’s like going to iTunes or any music player and making all the settings on the equalizer flat and equal…so I’m not getting any bass, just high, flat treble. my voice also sounds really breathy when I talk…it’s so weird.
I was wondering if that nasal voice quality is something other people have experienced to some degree…or if there’s just something wrong with my hearing aids. I asked my family and the audiologist and they all said my voice does not sound nasal to them…so it’s the hearing aids. Is this just a feature of digital hearing aids? Is it the fact that the Vigos are open-fit and I’m no longer wearing a mold?
Thanks for any suggestions, I’m still very excited about how well I can hear other sounds (just not my own voice, lol).