Some users have shared that wearing hearing aids can result in an unnatural and uncomfortable auditory experience. Is it due to poor quality or malfunctioning hearing aids? In reality, it's often because the processed sound through the hearing aids becomes "distorted."
But why does sound distortion happen with hearing aids?
Hearing aids, unlike real ears, can't achieve "zero distortion." Their role is to receive, process, and amplify sound. During this amplification process, some level of distortion occurs, making it impossible to replicate the exact sound as perceived by natural ears.
Think of it like getting used to dentures; initially, there might be discomfort. Even the best dentures have differences compared to natural teeth, and the same goes for hearing aids.
Which features in hearing aids contribute to more realistic sound?
Various factors contribute to hearing aid distortion, such as the linear and non-linear technologies in the hearing aid chip and the hearing aid's receiver. Therefore, choosing a high-quality hearing aid can significantly reduce distortion.
For instance, hearing aids with faster response times create a more immersive, realistic, and clear sound, minimizing the chances of echo. Slower-response hearing aids may lead to a sensation of echo and unclear audio.
Additionally, a wider frequency response range in hearing aids brings the sound closer to natural. The normal human hearing range is 20Hz to 20KHz, and the speech frequency range is 200Hz to 8KHz.
How to address distortion issues?
If the distortion issue with hearing aids is severe, it's advisable to seek assistance from a hearing care professional. They can help readjust the hearing aid's parameters or recommend upgrading to a better-performing model. After all, superior-performing hearing aids offer more authentic sound, lower distortion, and increased comfort.
However, if the discomfort is more of a subjective, gradual adjustment issue, it's essential to adapt to the "new" sound gradually. Many individuals with hearing aids, on a journey to successful rehabilitation, have experienced the transition from unnatural to natural sounds, from chaotic to comfortable communication. It's a normal process that requires gradual adaptation.
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