listening to music with hearing aids

LISTENING TO MUSIC WITH HEARING AIDS

Listening to Music With Hearing Aids

Listening to music with hearing aids can be frustrating. Folks with normal hearing enjoy musical celebrations this time of year, but for us with hearing loss, it presents difficulty.  Be it a concert at U.N.T.or an unexpected caroler come a wassailing, it can be unnerving.  I have worn hearing aids for several years now and find that listening to music tends to lose its luster on any “automatic adjusting” program.  But why is this the case? Hearing aids get confused on the automatic program while listening to music. Hearing aids have trouble distinguishing between musical notes played from a violin or piccolo, versus actual feedback created by the physical product itself. The short answer is that hearing aids create artifacts when attempting to correct the “perceived” feedback while in automatic program mode.

Switch to Music Program Mode

The best way to listen to music is by using hearing aids with an integrated music program. This enables you to enjoy the full dynamic ranges of the music. Have your hearing aid dispenser install a “Music” program for your hearing aid. When you listen to music you can then simply change the program on your hearing aids to music mode, and the result will be great sound quality without any feedback.

Recently my wife and I attended an exuberant packed-house holiday musical performance at the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall at U.N.T.  I was enjoying the concert, but it wasn’t until I adjusted my hearing aids to the “Music” program via my iPhone that I could really enjoy the full and complex musical sounds of the music.

Its Time to Listen to the Music Again

One of the greatest novelists of all time, Leo Tolstoy once said that “music is the shorthand of emotion” and for most of us, being able to listen to music is indeed one of life’s great joys — and something we often take for granted.

If you’ve suffered some degree of hearing loss, you’ll know that listening to music is no longer what it used to be. How we hear music is subjective and individual, making it difficult to reproduce authentically and naturally through a hearing aid. The good news is that hearing your favorite music the way you remember it is within reach.

Get Your Hearing Aid Music Program From Lifetime Hearing Denton

Come and see us at Lifetime Hearing Denton so that we can advise you on the best solution for your needs. Don’t miss out on the joy of music this Christmas!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4111358/

 

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