Voice occlusion is the perception of one’s voice when wearing hearing aids. Sometimes the voice sounds too loud, muffled, or like an echo. While rare, one of my blog readers shared about her struggles with voice occlusion even when not wearing her hearing aids. Can you relate? Can you help her?
Dear Lipreading Mom,
Can you post a question to your readers about the occlusion you get when hearing your own voice accompanying hearing loss? When I Google this issue the only thing I can find is that people will often get a voice occlusion when wearing hearing aids (HAs). However, I have it with and without HAs, and it seems to be getting worse. It’s so utterly annoying and at times my own voice is so distorted I don’t want to speak. Has anyone else had this affliction? It is really affecting my quality of life and, although I am learning to deal with progressive hearing loss, this is more insidious. My own voice sounds distorted as if I’m speaking with massive cotton in my ears. It’s awful! And yet I’ve gotten no help from several doctors. They just say it’s part of the hearing loss.
Voice of Confusion
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