I am the mother of a 2 year old who was recently diagnosed with a moderate MIXED hearing loss in both ears. There is no history of hearing loss in either mine nor my husband’s family (other than mild hearing loss in old age for his mother and grandmother; neither of whom would wear hearing aids).
Her speech and language is very delayed and muffled! Other than this, I had no idea that she struggles to hear me (other than obviously not being able to repeat soft sounds, it’s still not obvious). The UK ENT has put her forward for genetic testing in September as he says a mixed hearing loss is very rare.
I am about to fit hearing aids. We are English but live in the US 5 months of the year. Audiologist here has recommended Phonak Nios H20 (V).
I have three questions but the first two are the most important for now.
Q1) Does anyone have experience of the Phonak Nios H20 (v)? I have no idea how to know if the audiologist’s recommendation is any good. We don’t have medical insurance in the US and so it is a lot of money to spend. I am keen to be able to qualify the recommendation.
Q2) We are not back in the UK until September and therefore, if we did not fit the hearing aids in the US she would not have them until mid October at the earliest. In the US, we could have them by August 6. 2.5 months difference.
They cost $4,800 in the US (after a 25% discount for not going through a health insurance provider). A Phonak Nathos Micro would be FREE in the UK since we have a nationalised health system. I have no idea how to determine the difference between these but I understand that the UK health care system won’t offer the top level hearing aids (since it is a nationalised health care system). I understand the Phonak Nios H20 V is mid-high level.
It is an important time for my daughter as she should be developing her speech and language. She also starts pre-school (nursery) in September. Am I better off buying the hearing aids and paying for them in the US or better off waiting 2.5 months for the UK. I am keen to get going asap and this is valuable time for me as I work shorter hours in the US compared to the UK. Thus I have more time to support her with her speech and language development once the hearing aids are in.
Q3) Can anyone tell me anything about mixed hearing losses? My understanding is that the inner ear hearing will get worse as she ages.
RESULTS: (Left ear is slightly worse than right ear but don’t have individual ear results to share).