Q. My hearing aid provider recently added a ‘Singing’ program to my hearing aids. The harsh vibration and scratchiness I used to hear when I sing is not there anymore when I use the ‘Singing’ program. How is that?
A. First, kudos to your hearing aid provider for creating a unique program that works well for when you sing.
When a person sings, the tone and timbre of their voice changes widely from when that same person speaks. When singing, the voice box, vocal cords, lungs, chest, mouth, tongue, cheeks, sinuses, and (believe it or not) the nasal cavity all change to contribute to a person’s complex and rich singing tone. This is why a person’s singing tone can sound so differently than their speaking voice.
Depending on your hearing aids, your provider likely heightened the noise reduction options to reduce distortion. Certain areas of your hearing aids frequency response are likely reduced, and others are probably enhanced, in the Singing program so you hear your voice more smoothly and fully.
If you play a musical instrument, perhaps your provider can create a unique program for those times as well.
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.