Challenging listening situations
For hearing aid users, some listening situations are more problematic than others. Listening in noisy surroundings, for example, is often more problematic than listening in quiet situations. Often the ability to focus on specific sounds is reduced when you have a hearing loss. Everyday sounds such as noise from a dishwasher or many people talking at the same time can easily become disturbing background sounds.
Everyday sounds can be disturbing
Normally, we associate being at home with relaxation and quiet surroundings.
For people with normal hearing, most household sounds are insignificant. But for those with a hearing loss, everyday sounds such as those from a dishwasher, water dripping or noise from a vacuum cleaner can be very disturbing.
TV and radio sounds become background noise
Otherwise pleasant sounds can be disturbing if heard at the same time. Sounds from the radio or television are appreciated on their own, but if mixed together with people talking they can become disturbing too.
Hearing aid users experience the quality of music, whether live or recorded, in very different ways. Some find that music heard through a hearing aid sounds natural, while others find that it differs too much from the way they expect it to sound.
If you have a hearing aid with multiple programs, your hearing care professional can provide you with a program designed for amplifying music.
Hearing aids can help
Hearing aids can help people with a hearing loss use their remaining hearing effectively. However, in difficult listening situations, this does not change the fact that the ability to communicate effortlessly will not be the same as for people with normal hearing.