I Sound Like I’m in a Barrel When I Wear My Hearing Aids

This is called the “occlusion effect” and occurs when the ear canal is closed off by the hearing aid. This traps and reflects the sound between the ear canal and the eardrum, giving a non-natural barrel quality to amplified incoming sound. Newer types of hearing aids called “open-fit” hearing aids nearly eliminate this issue and other types of hearing aids may need to be “ported” or have small holes made in the models to allow sound to escape. This is why the right hearing aid and the correct fitting can make all the difference in your hearing aid experience.