WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR
Most often, whether during a new fitting of hearing aids or for a needed adjustment, we are engaged in fine-tuning the different programs inside the hearing aidâ€™s miniature computer chip, to help people hear conversations more clearly.
The majority of todayâ€™s hearing systems have multiple memories, with each memory setting providing a different level of hearing to adjust for various listening situations and environments.
When you first close the battery door and insert your hearing aids in your ears every morning, the system is automatically set at “Memory #1”. We call this the “normal” setting, where you will keep the hearing aids set 85-95% of the time.
Memory #2 is good when you find yourself in louder noise environments. This setting will reduce the loudness of the sound filtered through the hearing aid, increase compression, and decrease low frequency ambient sounds.
Memory #3 is the loudest setting. This has more volume than Memory settings #1 and #2, and typically amplifies a wider range of the sound spectrum. Memory #3 is very popular to use when listening to T.V. or attempting to hear at a distance.
There is also a surprise that many of our patients forget about. This is the “standby” setting. If you press the multimemory button in and hold it down for three seconds, you will hear a brief musical tune: “Deedal-dee-dal-ee”, followed by what sounds almost like your hearing is turning off.
Let us know if you have trouble with understanding or using the multi-memory settings. Ask for our “Cheat Sheet” that you can keep with you to remind you of the settings, or we’ll be glad to help you get more familiar and comfortable with using this valuable function.