I am 57 and have just been told I should wear hearing aids. A shock, but I’m ok if they are necessary. I think the guy is hard selling me though and, that worries me.
I had my ears checked 9 years ago. The room we did the test in wasn’t very quiet, i think an AC unit running, and also there was thunder outside. Anyway, he told me that since one ear was bang on 40dbs at 4,000 Hz I should start wearing hearing aids and put a pair on me. He told me they would stop my hearing deteriorating, and when I pressed him on this, he backed off a little, said it will slow the deterioration down. The hearing aids made things slightly louder and he played music on his computer that was slightly clearer. However, i didn’t think things were significantly better, and I have not had any problems to date communicating with people etc. I would rather not wear hearing aids (yet) and he wouldn’t allow me to try them for a period to see what it would be like in different environments. I am really concerned that I buy them and then find that the benefits are outweighed by the hassle factors, taking them in and out at the gym, swimming etc. and that i end up not wearing them enough or at all. I really don’t know whether I should get hearing aids, and would be pleased for your thoughts on this. if I do get them though i would want the best I could get.
I suspect many of you will understand the emotional issues surrounding starting with HAs. I think I am over the hump on this, but would really like to know if the consensus is that starting with aids early (this early) is a good thing or not. Should I wait until my hearing has noticeably deteriorated or just get on with it? If the latter, which ones to go for? A mine field.
Thank you in advance to all who reply. You may appreciate that your support will mean a great deal to me.