Can you guess the #1 hearing complaint? Wait, what did you say? Boys? Toys? Ohhhh- you said noise!
Restaurants, lecture halls, and busy work meetings with several talkers can all pose a challenge due to many competing sounds distorting and drowning out one another. Normally, subtle differences in the sounds as they arrive at the 2 ears, guide the brain in making sense and being able to follow along.
However, these difficulties are worsened in the presence of a hearing loss: the brain must decipher and make sense of incomplete information from the ears! When listening in quiet or one-on-one conversation, the brain may be able to compensate and fill in the blanks (sometimes with varying success). However, background noise can really highlight a person’s need for hearing evaluation or treatment.
A quality hearing aid that is set properly will not just make conversations louder, but also clearer. By sharpening the contrast between important conversation and background noise, it helps boost the quality of information sent to the brain and allows you to follow the conversation with less effort and frustration.