One of the first signs of hearing loss is being able to hear in quiet spaces, but struggling to hear when there’s too much background noise.
Even people with normal hearing abilities can have trouble deciphering speech if they’re in a noisy area. This is because context clues are used throughout a conversation. These are clues that we can decipher in order to fill in the blanks that are caused by too much background noise.
Background noise blocks out certain speech sounds, such as consonants. So sounds like “F”, “K”, “P” “S”, “Ch”, “Sh”, and “Th” might be difficult for anyone to hear in a busy setting.
If you also have hearing loss, you will probably strain your brain just to try and hear. The brain is not always adept at isolating speech sounds from background noises or filling in the blanks for sounds that are missed. Listening fatigue is a consequence of this exhaustive effort.
How Can Hearing Aids Help?
Modern hearing aids can differentiate between speech sounds and background noise.
Noise tends to stream steadily, without too many changes in its frequencies or volume.
Hearing aids can analyze and separate each sound that’s harnessed by the microphone (nearly 55 million times per hour), then compute noise and speech differently so that speech sounds are louder and background noise is suppressed.
Proper Hearing Aids, with the Right Fitting and Programming can Change the Way You Hear.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) or Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs) are designed to amplify all sounds. This is why they are a cheaper option that makes noisy environments more challenging.
Modern hearing aids that are properly fit and programmed by a hearing instrument specialist make a world of a difference in the way you hear. So it’s not just important to find a hearing aid that works for you, you’ll also need to find an experienced hearing instrument specialist who can customize your hearing aids for your specific listening needs.