– My new hearing loss is a little more loss up to 1k a large drop at 2k and little more at higher freqs.
– Not too sure of the terms. I know RIC stands for “receiver in canal” but not sure what makes that different to whatever the others are? I’ve seen the sets referred to as receivers and until now thought the RIC is the tiny hearing aid that you put the whole thing inside your ear. Now I’m thinking it may be the tip where the sound actually comes out, but don’t all the tips go into the ear?
I currently have a BTE set with a small tube that ends up inside my ear with an open tulip on it (where it tickles). I started with ear molds with a very small hole for ambient sound. Since my sets didn’t boost the low end much and my VA doc said he didn’t have time to adjust anything I went to a commercial doc who looked at my test chart and made the little hole as large as he could. It was better but finally the weakened mold broke and the VA doc stuck tulips in place of the molds.
So which would give me the better speech sound. I stopped watching TV years ago because I couldn’t hear the mumbles and when I could hear they talked faster than my brain could understand. I like music but they stopped making music about 1975 so I listen to what I had blowing my brain out with large muffs. I miss talking to my family and friends because I can’t follow what they say.
– I told the doc the iCom doesn’t work and he is going to give me the new ComPilot.
Bottom line is I no longer care how they look if I can get the best for MY hearing. You guys must hear that a lot but it is so true.
If you have an ebook reader, get the book “My Hard of Hearing Life: Stories From Behind the Hearing Aids” by Cynthia Dixon. It explains what I’ve told my family for years in a way they grasped it - through the author’s experiences. Lack of hearing is not being too lazy to listen, it’s a real problem like lack of sight, except that while glasses can restore normal vision, hearing aids restore less than normal hearing.