I am 68, have a mild high frequency hearing loss, and have been using Widex Unique 330 for the past year and a half. They help quite a bit, but I still have difficulty understanding speech at times (for example when watching TV or Movies).
My question concerns an observation that I have made, both when wearing, or not wearing, my hearing aids.
If I put a finger or two behind my ears to angle them outward a bit, or ‘cup’ my hands around them, to ‘catch’ the sound, speech comprehension improves quite a bit. This is most noticeable when not wearing the aids, but also occurs when I am wearing them.
The effect here seems to be more than simply making all sounds louder, but rather reinforcing the sound frequencies that make it easier to understand speech. I don’t know this for a fact, but that’s the way it seems.
If I better understood what’s occurring here, which frequencies are the most effected, then I might be in a position to have these changes implemented in the programming for my hearing aids.
I don’t know if it is relevant, but I have very narrow ear canals on both sides, confirmed by my ENT. I have to use the smallest, narrowest domes because of this, or they are otherwise quite uncomfortable.
I have also acquired the Compass Software, and the USBLink, needed to tweak the programming of my aids, so I’m basically looking for information here to assist in these efforts, rather than just somewhat randomly making changes.
I’m just a tech kind of guy, and enjoy this type of challenge. I do understand that some may feel it inappropriate to do this type of thing.
So, if anybody has suggestions on what types of changes I might consider to ‘simulate’ what I’m hearing when I extend my ears, that would be great.