In my case, 75% of my right ear has moderate, severe or profound loss, and the left ear is normal with a slight or mild fluctuating loss… I have had a bad right ear ever since I was little, but only tried a hearing aid about 15 years ago, when I was in my mid thirties. When I wear the hearing aid, my voice sounds louder and clearer, so that’s how it should sound.
I used to feel that without the hearing aid was “normal”, or “reality”, and when wearing it felt I had “extra help”. Now, my brain has adapted to it, which took a very long time for me, but I now feel that wearing the aid is normal, and when I’m not wearing it, I am missing something.
The aid I am wearing has a vent, so I don’t feel plugged up. It’s a Starkey Picasso custom IIC.
When I compare the sound of music listening to my right ear with the hearing aid, and the left ear with natural hearing, I am still missing a lot of high pitched percussion from the right, even with the aid. Together, though, it sounds wonderful to me. This one has only one program, and I can’t adjust it. There is a remote that goes with it, but I haven’t got it to work yet. I will ask about that. But it does help a lot with understanding speech the first time and not asking for repeats, and it feels very natural to me. At some point I may want more features, but right now this is the best fit for me.