Thanks for the replies.
So today I went to see the Audiologist at my ENT clinic for a hearing aid try out. We did a conduction hearing test (see attached image) and strangely the hearing test is indicating that the hearing in my right ear has improved since the T-Tube was inserted.
I can honestly say that the hearing in my right ear still sounds as muffled as before. When I say muffled I mean my right hearing sounds like I’m underwater or when someone speaks through a face mask. I have right ear fullness and can hear my own voice quite noticeably. So I’m a bit confused with the new hearing test result.
Anyway, after the hearing test we tried a ReSound ONE hearing aid in my right ear. After a very quick configuration and using what seemed like a small open vent, the hearing aid was turned on.
At first I noticed a slight gain in my overall hearing. But when I plugged my left ear (the good ear!) I noticed no improvement in clarity in the right hearing aid ear. Even after the audiologist increased the gain there was a volume increase but still no clarity in hearing during our conversation.
We then tried an ADHEAR Bone conduction hearing aid, which sticks onto a sticky pad which they place behind the ear (no surgery). The audiologist didn’t appear to setup or configure it via a computer, it was just turned on and the volume increased until I could hear some gain. But again there was a bit more volume but no clarity in my hearing. I thought this was strange as the bone conduction hearing aid should bypass my middle ear problems. Anyway, we re-installed the ReSound ONE hearing aid and I borrowed it for around 30 minutes, going for a walk outside (wind noise!) and also trying to listen to sounds in the large waiting room inside the clinic. I would try and listen to conversations taking place around me just trying to listen through my right ear. Again, I couldn’t hear much benefit from the hearing aid.
It could be that the audiologist didn’t set up both types of hearing aids correctly, hence why my right hearing still sounded muffled. It looked like a quick profile of my hearing test result was configured using the software on his laptop and then downloaded to the ReSound hearing aid.
Or it could be that the muffled distortion is due to my ETD and ear drum sclerosis, but the bone conduction hearing aid should have bypassed this. So basically I’m none the wiser as to find a solution to the problem. I’m back to speak to my ENT in a couple of weeks. But I’m not sure what else he will suggest. He did want to perform a balloon dilation of the eustachian tube during the insertion of the T-tube. I declined this due to occasionally suffering from a patulous eustachian tube whereby the tube stays open and doesn’t close properly leading to autophony and a feeling of breathing through your eardrum.
Oh well, back to the drawing board to find a solution.
Thanks for reading.