I am a former combat soldier. My hearing was pretty much destroyed in Iraq.
It’s really weird how all those sounds that one forgets about come rushing back when hearing aides are put in.
I live out “in the sticks” on a hobby farm, one neighbor owns 500+ acres of woods next to me, other properties surrounding me are vacant and are all wooded (couple hundred acres). My house is 1/4 mile back in the woods off a paved road that might get 100 cars a day as far as traffic. To me it was the quietest place on earth. That is until I purchased hearing aides.
The first time I walked out on my front porch and actually heard the leaves rustling in the wind was somewhat over-whelming. I had not heard leaves rustling in the wind for a very long time. I had not heard cicada’s (not a bad thing) crickets, etc for the same amount of time…but they sure lived in my head at night when trying to go to sleep.
I am glad you are getting accustomed to your hearing aides. It took me awhile to get mine adjusted to my liking. They even created a custom setting on mine that i can use when playing music with a group. There are a lot of adjustments that can be made to fit your needs. I know I have 4 programmable settings on mine…just push a button to toggle through to get to the setting I want. Mine also have a Bluetooth function and I can link them to my cell phone, laptop, etc… pretty cool stuff.
If I may ask, how did you get insurance to pay for yours? I shelled out $4200 cash for my two “ears” because my insurance would not cover any of the cost. I really didn’t want to pay that much but I had to yield to my wife as her and the 3 kids were getting tired of having to yell at me during normal conversation. My wife would have spent twice that to eliminate her aggravation.
Good luck with your new ear(s). Please remember that you can always just pop them out when you want/need some peace and quiet!