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Next, we went to a restaurant. There was so many sounds there that I had never heard before, including dishes clanging. Not every sound I was hearing with my new aids was pleasant! But I finally turned my aids to Program 3 and it seemed to quiet everything down. I could still hear Bill, but most of the background noise was reduced. I drove home on Program 3 as well and was not annoyed at all that car sounds!
Next, I tried the telephone. I tried Program #4, which is recommended for some phones, but it didn't work. I have an iPhone. Then I read that some phones work better with 1, 2, or 3. So I switched back to 1 and it worked fine. No problems hearing through the phone. I later found a list of compatible phones on the MDHearingAid website. If you have a T3 phone, then you can use Program 4, but I am quite happy using my iPhone on Program 1-3.
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The last thing I did today was go to handbells practice. I was afraid the bells were going to be overwhelming, but I was surprised. I had no problem with the bells. Instead, I had more problem with my director. Apparently, he has a very loud voice (at least through my hearing aids). I had to turn down the volume. Other than that, all went well.
My impression from my first day is that I think I will get used to these in a short time. There is a lot of extra noises to deal with that I have not heard before. Some pleasant; some not so pleasant. I heard my car engine continue to run after I shut it off. That was weird, but apparently it does that all the time. Feedback from putting my hands in front of the hearing aid can be extremely noisy, but I soon learned not to approach them from the front. Some noises in my surroundings are uncomfortable, but I've been told that you eventually get used to it. I'll let you know after 21 days. That is the period of time that the company says it will take to get totally used to them.
I am really anxious to try it out at school. For me, this is the main reason I got them. I have a hard time hearing my students. If they pass that test, I will be extremely excited!