Hearing aids are often an essential way for those with hearing loss to communicate with those around them. Many have what is known as automatic volume control. This is often a useful option, but it has its drawbacks that are important to understanding.
What Is This Option?
Hearing aids typically have some form of volume control that you can adjust manually. This helps keep you from falling a victim to a sudden increase in volume, such as book slamming or when commercials pop up on television.
However, automatic volume control will adjust the settings of your hearing aid when it’s noisy to help protect you from hearing damage or, at the very least, shocking volume changes.
How Can It Be A Problem?
Automatic volume control is often a problem for people when they talk on the phone. The hearing aid confuses the proximity of the voice coming from the speaker for excessive volume.
As a result, it will adjust its volume lower and lower, which can make it difficult to continue talking on the phone. This is also a problem in party situations, as the background chatter can make it impossible to hold conversations.
In What Ways Can It Be Managed?
The best way to manage this problem is to turn off your automatic volume control when you’re talking on the phone or at a party. Then, you can manually adjust the volume to a level that feels comfortable, but not overwhelming.
A good gauge is to match it to make it a little quieter than the voices of the people next to you. In this way, you can still hear them without getting too overwhelmed by background noises. To learn more about hearing aid concerns like this, please contact us today.
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