Question: My wife wears hearing aids and still doesn’t always understand me when I’m down the hall talking to her. Should she be hearing better?
Answer: Unlike glasses which can correct vision back to 20/20, hearing aids cannot restore “20/20” hearing. However, the hearing aids should be a great help. That being said, there will still be times when your wife may mis-hear. For example, in background noise—like when the TV is on, or if you’re speaking while walking away or speaking from a distance. Talking too fast or speech with an accent also make understanding difficult. Everyone’s brain processes sound in unique ways, and each person experiences hearing loss with unique patterns and perceptions. I encourage her to see an Audiologist for testing with her aids to ensure they are programmed correctly and functioning at optimal performance.