hearing aids TV feedback

Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2014 07:30 pm
Is microphone feedback common with hearing aids. The whistling sound is too uncomfortable to keep them in, especially televised ball games or anything electronically reproduced.
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Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2014 08:20 pm
I don't get the whistle sound like something is too close to the instrument, but it's pretty much unintelligible, as are movie theaters and other amplified sounds. Sometimes, a really cheap set of headphones is worth a few thousand dollars worth of hearing aid.
Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2014 09:15 pm
Based on your other posting history, you seem a bit more informed about hearing aid performance than your question about whether or not feedback (whistling) in hearing aids is common. Yes, it is. In you other posts you have acknowledged awareness of feedback/whistling.

Proper calibration and custom fitting from where you purchase should help reduce the problem. If your hearing aids and hearing technicians can't work it out without that whistling, perhaps your particular hearing losses are too complicated for the current technology. Or is it that they may not be skilled enough?
Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2014 09:30 pm
... but it's pretty much unintelligible ...

FWIW, that could mean that the signal (voice/voices) is/are not far enough above the background noise for whatever reason to allow the speaking to be easy for your brain to put together.

There is also a matter of the phenomenon of room acoustics. Stadiums, restaurants are tough environments vs home..or small rooms dynamics and those dynamic responses differ so greatly. in large rooms, the bounce (delay)off the walls, ceilings (room live vs. dead ambience) can befuddle the electronics as well as the brain. The latest software and microprocessors (I understand) have improved on this issue but are far from perfect or even adequate at times..

I believe there is also a learning curve for a person's brain where your brain needs to learn how to integrate all of this as it's not a natural or familiar stimulus to which the brain has to acclimatize.
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2014 01:35 pm
"If your hearing aids and hearing technicians can't work it out without that whistling, perhaps your particular hearing losses are too complicated for the current technology. "
This answer above appears to be the problem. The issue is a bit complicated without the graph. I do not hear consonants well and certain accents are impossible; therefore, in order to comprehend speech, the sound is programmed up so high, TV produces squeaky voices with whistles on many words. Normal conversations, restaurant noise and almost everything else, is just fine.

The company/manufacturer recognizes the problem but their product does not produce hearing aids to accommodate my loss. Appointment with ENT first then returning these.

In my pursuit of hearing happiness, I have located a company that claims to provide a solution. Evidently, a plug-in streamed device for TV/hearing aid where no now else is affected. But then, are movies out? Dunno yet.
Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2014 02:59 pm
I do think there is a circuit or program called e-coil or something like that that might work. Your hearing aid has to be programmed for it, and I believe most hearing aids can be programmed that way. To work, the theater has to be set up for it as well as your own device. I've never bothered to look into it as movies are not a part of my lifestyle. The technology (whatever it's called) is not at all new.
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Reply Mon 29 Sep, 2014 04:34 am
Hearing aid must be purchased with complete inspection including their fitting into the ears.They must also be consulted/checked once with the ENT specialist too. Any improper working or imperfection of hearing aids may increase the problem.
Reply Mon 29 Sep, 2014 05:16 am
Up until recently I thought that the whistling I could hear was my faulty hearing aid, but then I remembered that I didn't wear one.
Upon investigation, it turned out to be the lady opposite, driven mad with desire by my habit of walking around the garden in longjohns.
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