Hello all again. New user of KS9’s, its only been a few days now but I wanted to ask a very important question to me.
How are HA’s supposed to work in very crowded environments?
One of the reasons I wanted to get help in the first place was dealing with louder crowded areas like restaurants, functions, etc. I was told they would definitely help. Well last night my KS9’s failed miserably to the point I took them out of my ears to even be able to hold a conversation!!
I was in two places last night where they failed. First was a largish hard walled room with a large group of people talking. It was at an art center and my kid had a little reception for a piece that was picked to go on display. What I found was that I could not clearly hear ANY person around me. Didnt matter if I was looking straight at them or they were slightly off angle. What I could hear extremely loud was my own voice! I mean it was obnoxiously loud when I spoke. It completely overpowered any other sound. But my wife, kid, or anyone else within arms length away was quiet. I could hear no help at all from the HA’s and then when I spoke up it was a like I was speaking into a microphone directly attached to speakers in my ears with the volume cranked. I had to remove them to hold any conversation at all.
After the reception we went out to dinner. We were seated in the middle of a large room with people all around. Same thing happened. My relatives sitting directly across from me were quiet. I would say something and my own voice was crazy over amplified. My kid sitting right next to me. Inches away. Quiet. I asked him to repeat what he said and my voice is booming in my ears. Again, I had to take out my HA to have any sort of conversation with anyone.
What is going on? This cant be one of those - oh give it some time and you will get used to it scenarios - because if it is I am returning these HA’s way before my trial period is up. I did 100% better in both situations with my hearing loss than I did with digital help. I could actually hold a conversation!
Before both of those situations I was in a meeting with 8 others in a large office room. It was quiet other than rain falling hard outside. My HA’s did exactly what I expected. I could hear all 8 people clearly and I could hear the rain quite clearly as well. The amplified rain sounds are something I expect to get used to over time. The help the HA gave me in that office meeting was wonderful. It was later in the louder crowds that it was a total failure. My wife could see it in my face when I was struggling to hear her and then I would speak up and look shocked at how loud my voice was.