Squealing hearing aids - in public
Walt and Gwen Wallmark
wallmark at erols.com
Mon Oct 6 19:04:15 EST 1997
Steve Hoffman wrote:
> Hearing-Aid Squeal Grows in Volume as Concert Woe
> Melinda Bargreen
> Seattle Times 9/7/97
> The concert you've paid $45 to hear has just begun, and
> exquisite sounds are emerging from the Steinway on the stage.
> Then you hear it. Eeeeeeeeeeeee. A very high-pitched sound
> that's just present enough to be heard over the quieter passages
> in the music....
> It's another hearing aid, turned up just a little too high,
> emitting feedback that can be heard all the way across a concert
> hall - but not by the hearing aid's owner....
> What to do if you're at a concert and you realize that the
> person next to you has a noisy hearing aid? Usually, adjusting
> the hearing aids slightly will correct the squealing noise, but
> the wearer first has to know that the noise is being emitted.
> Poulson suggests a tactful mention from those seated beside the
> wearer, at the first break in the music, that a noise may be
> coming from the hearing aid. Usually, people are happy to correct
> the situation and unlikely to take offense - though it's always
> possible that someone might be offended.
I have been that person! I was totally unaware until recently that
sometimes my hearing aids transmit a squeal (that I can't hear becasue,
of course, I have a high freq loss in both ears) that "normal" people
can hear. By all means, tell the wearer with a polite, "Excuse me,
but..." He/she won't even know if you don't mention it.
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