Or, so I thought….
A hearing aid is just a sound system in your ear
However, it occurred to me that if I was a true audio guy, I would want to actually HEAR as much of the audio spectrum as possible AND a hearing aid is really just a little sound system in my ear – it has a mic (actually two), an equalizer (DSP) and a speaker. So, I focused on losing my alignment of hearing aids and old people and focused on improving my hearing with some really cool technology.
Hearing aids are like glasses
The results have been amazing. I now can hear things I didn’t realize I couldn’t hear before. It’s just like getting glasses, contacts or Lasik. I can see just fine without visual correction, but with visual correction the fine details pop out. Hearing aids have done the same thing for me – they allowed the fine details to pop out. Music is clear and crisp. It’s easier for me to hear people talking. It’s NOT like putting on a headset where everything gets louder. It’s much more subtle than that. You just hear frequencies and parts of sounds that you didn’t hear before. The turn signal in my car sounds different. I can now hear the crickets.
But here’s the real kicker. The hearing aids I purchased (Phonak), have a Bluetooth interface (called “iCom”) I wear around my neck and inside my shirt. No one can see it. Now I can talk on my phone, listen/talk on my computer and I can listen to audio off of my iPhone wirelessly. I no longer need a headset because I have one built in to my hearing aid system. The only problem with this is that people look at me talking on my phone and they think I’m talking to myself…
Consider getting your hearing checked