When fitting hearing aids, I often come across a person who is surprised that certain sounds exist. Everyday noises can be exciting and sometimes irritating and reactions to these sounds differ from person to person. Some clients find comfort when they hear their fridge running for the first time while others get frustrated by the constant noise of their running fridge. Sound impacts clients differently but giving clients the option of hearing these sounds is what is important.
Now consider the signal light in your car. We have all driven behind people that appear to be turning and never do and for the most part this sound could be meaningless; however, this is a sound that we are so used to hearing that it can easily be lost over time. Many first-time hearing aid users claim they are amazed that they can hear their signal light again. They pick up their new hearing aids and the first sound they hear when they drive away is their signal light. This demonstrates the importance this sound has to first-time hearing aid users. We rely on our signal light sound so we can be sure to let drivers around us know our intentions on the road. For the most part, other drivers and pedestrians are just annoyed by the continuous signaler. However, there are times when this little unintentional mistake can cause frustration, or worse, a full-blown accident.
The next time you go for a drive, have a listen and see if you can hear your signal light. If you can no longer hear the tick tick tick, it may be time to check your hearing.