Ambient Noises vs. Voices

Q.  Why is it that with my new hearing aids on I feel like background sounds are too strong and voices are too weak?

A.  Noise stinks!  When you use new hearing aids, it might take a week or two for your brain’s natural noise filtering ability to adjust to the new sounds you hear.  During that time and afterwards, your brain will relearn how to identify and separate noises from voices.

  Your hearing center can also create settings in your hearing aids to use in noisy environments.  These settings will maximize the aids’ noise filters and focus the microphones forward.

  Your brain’s acclimation and your hearing aid settings will depend upon the hearing aids’ level of technology.  Every hearing center has their own ‘most advanced’ model.  But not all ‘most advanced’ models are the same.  

  One major caveat involves the degree of sensitivity each person has to noise.  A sizeable percentage of people with very good hearing are confounded in only a low level of noise.  Hearing loss heightens the sensitivity to noise.  Even with great hearing aids, your natural hearing will still be impacted by the noise around you.

  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. 

Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad.  Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.