Ask the Doctors - Our Doctors of Audiology
Question: I tried hearing aids a few years ago and I could not stand the way they made by voice sound. I felt like I was down in a barrel. Have hearing aids gotten any better?
Answer: Yes they have. What you were experiencing was occlusion.
When you stop up your ears completely with any object or your finger and talk, you will experience occlusion. Over half the hearing aids today are what we term “RIC” hearing aids with the receiver in the canal of your ear. This type of fitting leaves the ear canal more open to elevate the stopped up feeling and barrel effect. RIC hearing aids are very easy to demonstrate.