Q: My office in Sunset Valley has a lot of open space. Employees will step up to me, use a very soft voice and ask a sensitive question. My hearing is not the best anyway, so those whispered questions are impossible for me to understand. Can hearing aids help with that?
A: The key reason hearing aids are used around the world is to help the person wearing them hear voices better. Whether a voice is already loud and strong or soft and weak, a hearing aid will pick up the softer elements of the voice and enhance them for you to hear them more clearly.
A good, programmable hearing aids can have more than one ‘setting’. Your hearing care provider should be able to create a specific setting for you to hear soft voices better in your work environment. When you have a hushed conversation in private with an employee, you will be able to switch your hearing aids over to the ‘Soft Voice’ setting created for you.
In fact, specific settings can be created for many different environments … live music, playing the guitar, singing, a classroom, playing pinocle, walking outside in the wind, playing golf, etc. Talk with your hearing care provider about your particular needs.
Ready to hear better? Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test. Listen to the newest hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like. We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.
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. Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.