“What?!?” and Hearing Aids

Q.  My wife is always asking me “What?!?” because she cannot hear me.  It’s been getting worse over the past couple of years.  Does she need hearing aids?

A.  Here is an exercise to try.  First, make sure you are talking with your wife from the same room.  Also make sure the TV, radio or other background noise is turned down.

  When she says “What?”, it seems like she missed everything you said.  But she might have caught part of it.  When your wife asks, “What?”, find out if she missed a word or few, or if she didn’t understand anything you said.  If she only missed a word or few, it would help you both if her question indicated what she understood and what she missed.  For example, “Who did you say called?”, or “You found the cat hiding where?”.

  There are many other factors to consider in this scenario, too.  Has your voice become weaker recently?  Are there more distractions or noise in your home?  Are you talking to each other through masks?

  Find a good hearing center and have your wife schedule a hearing test.  Go with her so they can use your voice during the hearing test.

  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.