You know the feeling of hearing a recording of your voice and being surprised by how it sounds? For new hearing aid wearers, it’s common to feel this way. In fact, one 2020 study reports, “Dissatisfaction with the sound of one’s own voice is common among hearing-aid users.” The good news is, you will eventually adjust to hearing the sound of your own voice. We review tips to help with this process below.
Why Does My Voice Sound Different?
Before you had hearing aids, when you spoke, you mostly heard your voice through bone conduction. This makes your voice sound deeper and richer than it actually is. But when you hear a recording of your voice or when you wear hearing aids, you mostly hear your voice through air conduction. In addition, with hearing aids, you pick up the higher frequencies of your voice. Combined, these factors make your voice sound higher than it normally would.
What You Can Do to Adjust to Hearing Your Voice
First of all, keep in mind that feeling self-conscious about your voice is completely normal for new hearing aid wearers. Secondly, know that even if your voice sounds different to you, it sounds exactly the same as it always has to everyone else.
To adjust to hearing your own voice, you need to practice using and hearing it. To do this, you can read a newspaper or a book out loud to yourself when you’re somewhere quiet, like your home or the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. With just a few minutes of this a day, within about a week, you should be acclimated to it.
If you still don’t like the way your voice sounds, you can talk to you audiologist about swapping your hearing aids for an open dome hearing aids, like an open fit or receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) device. These types of devices reduce the feeling of discomfort because they don’t fully block the auditory canal. However, these devices are not suitable for all types of hearing loss.
To learn more about different hearing aid models or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Victory Hearing & Balance today.