Seems recently we have had a lot of people in for volume adjustments. Often it’s from being in a difficult environment and not hearing or understanding as well as they would like, or maybe the background was too loud.
I learned a long time ago to look at the overall picture in regards to adjusting hearing aids. We don’t want to improve one rare situation and make the everyday situations worse. Sometimes we give a client a specific setting for certain environments, such as television, church, or restaurant. However, I like hearing aids to be simple! And most good hearing aids can handle and adapt to those difficult places.
When we do make adjustments, the smaller the better! In the office, everything sounds good. Just last week we had two long-term hearing aid users come in to increase their volume. Then the following Monday morning we received calls from both saying it’s “too loud”. In the quiet office they sounded good, but out in the real world with the noises in traffic and restaurants it was too much!
The more specific you can be, the better. This morning a young, active 77 year-old told me “the sharp sounds are too loud”. Does that mean they are too loud that they interfere with voices? Or do they hurt, or both? Is it soft high-pitch sounds like a dinger, or loud high-pitch sounds like traffic noise? She responded that while visiting her niece she was in the living room and the sharp sounds were pots and pans clanging around in the kitchen. Okay, that’s very specific, let’s reduce those sounds just a little and take the edge off . . . it will make a big difference.