When I got my new hearing aids two years ago, Cuppa claims that she went deaf.
Because I started mumbling.
I was hearing myself so much that I felt like I was shouting if I was just talking at something resembling a normal volume. I couldn't figure it out because no other hearing aids, this being my fourth pair, affected me like this. I figured there was something about the new generation of hearing aids because the pair that I tried and discarded before I settled on this one had a similar effect on me.
I recently went back for a hearing test and told the audiologist of my experience. She made an adjustment.
Guess what? Cuppa is no longer deaf. Apparently, I am not mumbling anymore although I can't tell the difference. I keep asking her if she can hear me and if I am still mumbling, and the answers are, "Yes" and "No."
The audiologist said I was getting a barrel effect that was giving me a false perception of how loud I was sounding to myself. Now, I feel as though I am speaking at the same level as before or even softer, but I must be hearing myself correctly because I am now, apparently, talking at normal volume.
I am quite happy with this development. Cuppa is also.
Too bad I didn't know that the problem could could have been remedied so easily two years ago. Sigh.