What are Own Voice Problems?
Hearing care professionals strive to provide hearing aid wearers with sound quality that replicates what nature intended. Modern technology has delivered improvements in natural sound overall, but every hearing aid wearer still experiences a change in the sound of their own voice. In fact, many wearers are forced to accept that they will never be completely satisfied with their own voice.
Identifying the cause of own voice issues is not always straightforward. If the wrong steps are taken to resolve the issue, the hearing aid benefits will likely be reduced.
There are two distinct reasons for own voice issues. One is the occlusion effect—an increase in how loud the wearer’s own voice sounds when the ear canal is blocked by a closed-fit hearing aid. The second cause of own voice issues is the hearing aid’s output, which can create an unnatural perception of one’s own voice.
Have you considered the cause of your patients’ own voice issues and the potential disadvantages of current fitting approaches? Watch out for the next post in this series to find out more.