When I saw my audiologist, I got some good news. For a few months now I have been concerned that my hearing has dropped. I've been turning up my hearing aids and straining to hear more than usual. When I talked to my audiologist about this, she had some very reassuring words to say. She told me if she turned my hearing aids up 2 levels, I would be right at where she had originally programmed my hearing aids when I got them. She said it is very common for hearing aid wearers to need them turned down at first but over time as their brain gets used to the volume inputs, to have the hearing aids turned up.
She had me try my hearing aids turned up 1 level. I really could not discern much of a difference so I asked her to try another level higher. She did and that's where I am at right now. It was an improvement but not overwhelmingly so. She said that in her experience it's best not to adjust upwards of more than 2 levels at a time. She recommended I try it out for 2 weeks and if I didn't like it I could come back at no cost and have them turned down. I agreed to follow her plan. So far, I have loved the additional volume and feel quite comfortable with it. When I was in my sign language class last night, I was surprised at how much more I heard of my fellow students with their laughter, their side conversations, rustling of papers, etc. I really felt part of the class for the first time. I hadn't realized how set apart I had felt previously. So all around, I had a great visit to my audiologist.