Hello everyone. I’m new to the forum here and I was looking for a little help with choosing a hearing aid. I know that no one could recommend a particular hearing aid to me, but I was looking for more along the lines of what features and technology would benefit me. I’m about to turn 38 and really enjoy music. Everything from listening on my studio monitors at home or going to concerts(although I believe going to many concerts when I was younger contributed to my hearing loss). I really find it difficult to carry conversations with others at times in both loud and quiet environments. I’m set to see an audiologist soon but I wanted to see if anyone could “interpret” my hearing test from 2017. My right ear is definitely the worst between the two. I was looking at something like the Oticon Opn 1 or even the Resound Linx 3D. I currently have a Widex m220 that I purchased in 2009 but only started to wear it in 2013. Will there be a noticeable difference between the two hearing aids I mentioned and my current Widex m220? Thank you in advanced
Yikes; that audiogram is not typical. Maybe a Pro could express an opinion?
If going to lots of concerts in your young years is the main cause of your hearing loss, one would think that the damage would affect both ears and not just one ear and not the other.
Also, it’s very interesting that the loss on the left ear is notched at 2KHz like that. Also doesn’t seem like a loss due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds. Seems like some kind of medical condition causing it perhaps?
Have you shown that to an ENT specialist?
Thanks everyone for the quick replies. I apologize, I left out the fact that I’m diabetic and my blood sugars were not in control growing up. And I also have all the other things that come with diabetes: high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease etc. I had a kidney transplant in 2016. The last time I saw an ENT was right before I was fitted for my Widex hearing aids back in 2009 but I try to see an audiologist once a year. I appreciate all of your replies.
Given only a badly notched hearing loss at 2 KHz on your otherwise-perfect-hearing left ear, the question is whether it’s worth paying for a premium aid on that left ear or not. I think you should wear hearing aid on your left ear to fill out that notch, but unless money is no issue to you (not clear at this point), it’s not sure if a premium hearing aid is justified for that ear or not.
On the other hand, you shouldn’t be mixing and matching hearing aid brands/models anyway, because many modern aids employ binaural technologies to help with spatial awareness. And only same brand/models would communicate with each other to provide binaural support.
Given that you seem to be a big music fan, you should look for hearing aid models that support a wide dynamic range on the input/mic so that louder levels of music (transient attacks of instruments like drums or string instruments like piano, guitars) can be handled by the input mics and not clipped or compressed excessively. I think the Widex (newer model, not sure exactly which one, maybe the 440/Beyond???) and OPN have 113 dB SPL input dynamic range, which is in the range you should be looking for for live music listening. I have no idea what the Resound Linx 3D input dynamic range is.
Widex has a good reputation for music listening experience. A more budget brand supposedly good for music is Bernafon (carried at Costco as well, hence dubbed as a “budget” brand by me). The OPN 1 and 2 have Clear Dynamics feature supporting 113 dB SPL input range as well, but before the OPN model, I’m not sure if other previous Oticon models were well known for music or not. The OPN 3, the lowest tier for the OPN models, doesn’t have Clear Dynamics support.