Then I took them out that night, and yes, I could tell a big difference. But it was kind of nice, going to bed in a much quieter environment than as noisy. It was a bit startling though when I removed them.
So this morning I got up and was putting them on and and was thinking "I'm not going to be able to even tell if I put them in right or not because I won't be able to hear a difference", and then I put the first one in. Wow! All of a sudden I heard all of these loud noises in the house that I had never heard before. I put the second one in. What was that running water sound in the bathroom I heard? I looked all over for it but couldn't find it, but I could swear I heard running water.
I came downstairs to grab a water out of the refrigerator for school, and the refrigerator was making a loud clinking sound. Had it always done that? If it had, how in the world could I have missed that, because it was so freaking loud, and what in the world was it? I opened and shut the doors, looked all around it, wondered if it was about to break down.
I put my things in my rollerbag and started rolling it across the tile floor and ouch! My ears! The sound of the wheels hitting between the tiles was so LOUD, I couldn't believe it! Was it really supposed to be this way?
I got outside and was putting my bag into my trunk, and heard traffic - like on the freeway. Could we actually hear the traffic from the freeway from our HOUSE? That seemed unreal, that's kind of far, a few miles or at least a mile.
So I called Mark, and told him all of these things, and he said yes to all of those things - about the running water in the bathroom, about the refrigerator, about the traffic, and he asked had I never heard any of that before? I said no, I had no idea, and he said well, good, so now you get to hear things that are actually pretty annoying. I hadn't considered that. Now I have to hear things that I probably would rather not hear.
I got to school, and the teacher started dictating over his microphone, and WOW! Why was he so freaking loud? Did he think we were deaf? I sent a text to my husband about how loud he was, and his smart aleck reply was something like "so people who can't hear can HEAR HIM!" with a smiley face.
The audiologist said the hearing aids are only set on "Level One" - I think there are three levels, but she increases the sound gradually so it's not so startling and overwhelming right away. I noticed soft speech was still a little difficult for me to hear.
But I am NOT deaf. I only have mild to sort of moderate hearing loss. It's not that bad, just enough to annoy people and myself.
It was a very interesting day, I didn't think it would make that big of a difference.