I recently was fit at Costco with a trial hearing aid. It was the Phonak Brio I believe. I was impressed with the high end sounds coming back after having missed them for years. (I have fairly typical high end, moderate loss in both ears.) The high end stuff, even annoying sounds (unruly child screeching, shopping cart crashing) were welcome to hear. The sounds were sort of what I expected to hear. One issue I had was some severe distortion when my wife talked and I was too near (arms length). If I stepped back a couple of feet, all was well. The audi said that it was my brain getting used to the increased volume of the higher frequency sounds. We turned down the hearing aids one or two clicks and the distortion went away, although everything was less loud of course. To me it sounded like clipping, for example when a poorly designed amplifier is over driven by a signal or is of low quality and turned up too loud. It didn’t occur when the male audi. spoke at similar distances.
What are other’s experiences with this? Is it more likely my brain clipping or the hearing aid?