Q. Hearing aids just make everything around me louder, don’t they?
A. No, they do not.
True hearing aids that are custom programmed for you in a hearing center will amplify the parts of certain sounds you miss. This selective increase in very specific sounds allows you to hear voices much more easily and clearly. The sounds and parts of voices that you already hear well enough are not changed.
Hearing aids also have sound limits built into them. When there is a loud noise near you that your natural hearing detects, the hearing aids will not over amplify that sound or damage your hearing.
During the first week or two using hearing aids, a patient’s brain adjusts to re-hearing the world of sound around them. Initially, yes, it can seem like everything has been turned up. Your brain learns how to process those forgotten nuances of sound and the clarity remains with you.
I would alter your question into an accurate statement by saying, “Real hearing aids make the important sounds around you louder so you hear clearer and understand easier.” Listen to some hearing aids after a hearing test and you will quickly see what I mean.
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.