We recently posted an inquiry that had one person wondering if their speech could affect their hearing.

After receiving a response to their initial submission to Ask an Audiologist, the prospective patient wanted a recommendation on a hearing aid solution to suit his needs.

Ask an Audiologist

Hello Ms. Loder,

Thank you for your prompt reply. 

I'm 22 years old and I have worn hearing aids since I was 4 years-old. I have mild to severe or profound hearing loss. Sometimes people tell me my voice is too low and I need to raise my voice (especially when I talk on the phone or face-to-face in some cases), while I think that my voice is clear to others since I hear myself. Can you relate?

Currently, I've been wearing Bernafon Verité since age 14. I'm willing to get new hearing aids, but not Bernafon. Any advice on new hearing aid technology?

In any case, if I get new hearing aids, will I get shifted to a new level of hearing and will my speech be improved or is it hard?

Thank you!

Audiologist Response

Hi there,

It's my pleasure to help.

Unfortunately, it's hard for me to say for sure exactly why your voice is sounding too low to others. It could be related to the type of hearing loss that you have; for example, middle ear dysfunction can change the perception of one's own voice. I would recommend that you seek an assessment by an Audiologist who can fully evaluate your hearing and give you more specific recommendations.

As for new hearing aids, I cannot make any recommendations without knowing more about your hearing loss. However, I can say that you should (hopefully) notice a big improvement with today's technology, compared to what you are wearing now. Typically hearing aid processing abilities and sound clarity make a significant improvement approximately every three years. There are various brands of hearing aids available, and all are competitive. My personal favourite brands to work with are Phonak and Oticon, but I would discuss the options with your Audiologist and take his or her advice as to which would be best suited for your particular needs. I am hopeful that you will experience improved hearing abilities with new hearing aids and that this may have some positive impact on your speech. Unfortunately, I really cannot guess how much of an improvement you will experience without testing your hearing and looking at your current hearing aids. For most patients, it does take time to adjust to new hearing aids, but the improvements are usually well worth it so I would encourage you to give it a try.

Good luck and all the best!

Stephanie Loder, B.Sc., M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO Audiologist, Aud(C)

Stephanie is a registered Audiologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. Stephanie currently sees patients at Hearing Solutions’ Carlingwood Shopping Centre location in Ottawa.

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