I love music. How will I enjoy music while wearing hearing aids? - Simon Audiology and Tinnitus

I love music. How will I enjoy music while wearing hearing aids?

By Dr. Anne Simon

January 10, 2019

Your enjoyment of music can be enhanced by the use of hearing aids. How do hearing aids work to help you enjoy music? That depends on the source of the music.

Lyrics on the radio are easier to understand with hearing aids. Patients often report how they've been misunderstanding their favorite songs for years. These conversations are always good for a few giggles.

Listening to lyrics on the radio is like listening to dialogue on the television. The sound comes from a fixed source, 1 or more speakers. Volume is controlled at the sound source. The various sounds are already ‘mixed.' This is very different from a live music experience. Sounds come from different sources. There can be a wide range of volume with many instruments or sound sources involved.

Hearing aids have exceptional programming capacity. Custom programs can help in a variety of listening situations. One program can compress sound and use directionality. This allows you to understand speech in noisy situations. Another program can process music. This allows you to enjoy the richness and nuances of live listening. User controls allow you to select between programs.

Listening to music through hearing aids connected to a device, such as a smartphone, is very satisfying. Bluetooth delivers music to the hearing aids. The sound is corrected for your hearing loss. The quality of the sound can bring back memories of music before hearing loss.

You can be an audiophile, live music connoisseur, or looking to relax at the end of the day. In any case, you will find listening to music through your hearing aids very enjoyable.

If you or a loved one find conversation difficult, an audiologic evaluation is the best, next step. Hearing aids can be programmed for your musical listening preferences. Music and conversation are some of the sounds of life that you could be missing. You have five senses that you experience life through. Why not experience life to the fullest? Call my office to schedule your consultation today! 208-746-7022.

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