Q. After playing gigs for almost 20 years, the pandemic dried up my live music playing in and around Austin. So I recorded and released new songs from home. My friends say the sound levels are off. Would hearing aids help me create music with more balanced sound levels?
A. This is a nuanced question. How you hear will certainly impact the music you make. Which means, how well you hear directly impacts what others hear when they listen to your songs and music.
The sound levels on your music will be impacted by all of the equipment you use – the instruments, microphones, computers, software, the recording space, etc., and your hearing. You might have already ruled out everything but your hearing as possibility for the unbalanced sound.
Do you notice some common signs of hearing loss – asking people to repeat more often, missing the first or last words in a comment or question, needed more volume than other people to hear the TV or radio, feeling like people talk too fast or too softly, or noticing others hear some sounds that you miss?
As a next step, I suggest you arrange a hearing test at a center where you can then listen to hearing aids if you have hearing loss.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.