One of the most frequent comments we hear in the beginning is that sounds are tinny, which is due to high-pitch amplification. The higher pitches are typically the sounds you’ve been missing the longest and are also the sounds that are the most alerting. But these are also the sounds responsible for about two-thirds of speech understanding. So while these high-pitched sounds might be a bit abrasive now, they will ultimately give you the speech clarity and understanding you need from your hearing aids.
Imagine you’re sitting in a dark room and someone suddenly flipped on the light. Your initial reaction is to turn it off because it seems much too bright. However, we all know that our eyes quickly adjust to the light. Your ears have been missing high pitch sounds for a long time, oftentimes at least 5-7 years. Just like the bright light, they’re suddenly being exposed to sounds again, which takes some adjusting. But with consistent wear, your brain will learn to hear these sounds again and after the first month, you won’t even pay attention to the tinny sound.
After the first 30 days, if you’re continuing to experience tinny, high-pitched, or harsh sounds, it’s important to know that adjustments can be made based on your feedback. Your audiogram provides the amplification you require at different frequencies, but how you experience certain sounds is very personal. By knowing what you like or don’t like, your hearing aids can be “fine-tuned.” It’s a good idea to keep some notes in a little notebook or on your phone. Since your hearing memory is short-term, it’s important to be as descriptive as possible on the sound, the setting you were using, and the environment you were in. The more information you can provide our hearing care professional, the better they can fine-tune your hearing aids to your liking.