Another confused noob here...any thoughts?

As a result of chronic ear problems, infections and surgeries as a child/adolescent I have been left with what I characterized as “mild” hearing loss, particularly in my left ear. As I’ve gotten older I’ve noted increased difficulty comprehending speech especially when attending a meeting or presentations in rooms other than a typically sized office. Public venues have been increasingly challenging as well. After months of “denial” I finally went for testing and evaluation. I anticipated the need for a HA in the left ear but was very surprised when the AuD recommended binaural fittings. I always felt my right ear was very good but apparently not :eek: based on the attached file.

I’ve been lurking here for a couple of days now and admit the info, for the most part, is unbiased and VERY informative. However, I remain confused particulary given the fact the testing AuD recommended fully automatic, binaural Widex Inteo BTE aids for approximately $6000 and a Licensed Hearing Specialist recommended Starkey Destiny 200 CIC with 4 manual programs, for the left side only, at a cost of $2400.

Any thoughts or recommendations are appreciated.

Your story sounds like mine. Ear infections and drainage tubes as a kid, etc. etc. Five years ago i suffered a bout of sinus problems and ear infections, and while treating that started wearing hearing aids. Mine is similar in both ears, so there was really no question for me. Having worn aids for 5 plus years, both in the canal and behind the ear, from Widex, America Hears, and now GN Resound Pulse’s, I know my brain has re-learned to hear, and to a smaller extent re-learns with every change in hearing aid.

I would say that if you can swing it financially, a binaural fitting is your best bet. I’m fortunate in that my company insurance pays a large portion of the cost of aids every 5 years, and I have the means otherwise to take care of it myself. But I also believe, as stated in the hearing aid literature and the debate I’ve seen on forums like this, that you hear with both ears and benefit from using aids with both ears.

I’d also have to agree that all things considered, BTE aids are better that CIC aids. The stories of problems with CICs are well-documented - more repairs, less reliability, largely due to the harsh environment with moisture and wax that they are in all day. BTEs are much less prone to problems, and give you powwer headroom should your loss get worse.

And as far as vanity goes, I quickly discovered when I started wearing aids that no one knows you wear hearing aids. I find that now that I’m a wearer, it’s usually the first thing I notice about someone. But non-wearers never notice. They will however, know that you have a hearing problem if you’re constantly asking them to repeat themselves.

dear Pu Dady

You can simply not compare, the starky destiny is a 2 channel aid basic instrument as basic as you can get.
this are the specs
http://www.starkeypro.com/public/pdfs/starkey_destiny_specs_standard.pdf

While the inteo is the best instrument widex can offer, So it is like comparing a top of the line Volvo, mercedes or BMW vs the most basic ford car.
Inteo has frequency transposition which supposely helps you to improve
discrimination. To do frequency transposition it uses a AE program.
The problem is that most people rejected because it sounds “wired” but if you get used to you will discriminate more…
If you are running tight on budget, there are other instruments that offer
considerable more features for a bit of a cost,
check out - No order what soever

  1. Phonak Una or extra
  2. Oticon GO pro or tego
  3. GN - Pixel or plus 5
  4. Widex Bravisimo
  5. Siemens Artis 2 or cielo 2
    I have fitted tons of Go pro and GN’s but the others are very good choices,
    Honestly I believe you should get at least an aid that has some feedback cancelation, at least 4 channels, datalogging (i like this a lot), noise reduction
    if size allows some sort of direcctional microphone system…

They are more choices but all this companies have good products,
be aware that it is important who fits the aid


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From your audiogram, both ears have a hearing loss of between 30-40 DB at frequencies below 1000 Hz. Frequencies below 1000 Hz primarily give you loudness. For every 10 DB loss, you would preceive a lose of about 1/2 of the loudness. Therefore you are currently hearing sounds at approximately between 1/8th and 1/16th the loudness of a person with 0 DB hearing loss or 1/2 to 1/4 of the loudness of a person at the low end of normal hearing with a 20 DB loss.

You’ll probably going to be annoyed if the audiologist adjusts your hearing aids (if the aids have enough power) in that frequency range to allow you to hear 0 DB sounds since you will hear all those background noises that you have not heard in a very long time. It may be better to reduce the background noise and to possibly improve clarity by setting those frequencies to hear sounds above 10 DB.

Frequencies between 1000-3500 Hz are primarily used for clarity. Your right ear has a hearing loss between 35-45 DB in that frequency range. Overall your right ear has a mild hearing loss and is the ear that you are probably currently getting most of your clarity from. I suspect that just about any hearing aid could correct this ear to near normal hearing range (0-20 DB).

Your left ear has a hearing loss of 70 DB at 3000 Hz probably reducing your clarity in that ear significantly. It will be much more difficult for a hearing aid to improve this ear to near normal hearing (0-20 DB).

Although it is always better to have 2 hearing aids when you have hearing loss in both ears, I would think that if you decided to get only one hearing aid, you may be better off getting it for your better ear (right ear) instead of the worst ear (left ear). Since the right ear can probably be improved to near normal hearing, you will probably be more pleased with the improvement than if the aid was in the left ear.

If you got a hearing aid only for the worst ear, the improvement for clarity will probably not be as significant as it would have been if you got an aid only for the better ear.

Even though I stated the possibility of only getting only one hearing aid, it is recommended that you get two hearing aids.

\what are the speech discrimination scores?


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