Do you want fries with that Hearing Aid?

Q.  The likelihood of me mis-hearing what someone says has jumped dramatically in the past year or two.  This past weekend during a walk, I thought one of my children asked me “Do you see Governor Abbott?”. She had actually said, “Do you see the little rabbit?”  How would hearing aids stop me from mis-hearing this way?

A.  When we mis-hear someone, it is because our brain incorrectly interprets a phrase or word.  Our brain misinterprets words and phrases when it receives weak or incomplete information from our ears.  And our ears send these weakened and incomplete signals when we have hearing loss.

    After a thorough hearing test, hearing aids are programmed to strengthen and fill-in the missing information.  When that occurs, your ears can then send those added details and missing speech components to your brain.  And your brain then has a much easier time understanding what someone just said.

    Find a well-reviewed hearing center and arrange a hearing test and a hearing aid demonstration.  During your appointment, you should be tested for how well you understand speech with your natural hearing and then again with hearing aids filling in the gaps of what you are missing.  For many people this exercise turns, “Do you want friends tonight?” into “Do you want fries with that?”.