[Recently, I posted a very similar query in a sub-thread nearby; thought I’d move it to a thread of its own.]
I am on the verge of getting hearing aids–(I’ve had testing done and am going in soon to learn about different aids and try out what’s reccomended by my audiologist.)
To quote my most recent results, “Pure tone responses are within normal limits, sloping to a moderate sensorineural HL Au. Excellent (100%) word recognition scores Au.” The speech reception threshold for my right ear was 20db with 100% recognition under quiet conditions; for my left ear it was 25db with 100% recognition. The “Presentation Level” was “65dB HL.”
The pure tone audiogram numbers look like this:
Freq Rt Left
250 10 15
500 10 15
750 10 15
1000 10 20
1500 20 30
2000 25 35
3000 45 50
4000 55 60
6000 65 65
8000 55 65
I am male, and 73 years old, with my 74th birthday coming in 10 days.
In conversation, my audiologist said, " If I hadn’t met you and didn’t know that you reported little difficulty living your daily life, from looking at your audiogram, I’d say you were a candidate for hearing aids."
So, can anyone help me understand what my hearing situation is? What kind of expectations should I have for HAs? I don’t think that I am having any particular problems currently in noisy environments, or in following groups of people talking at a fair distance (I facilitate book discussion groups in a large seminar room at the local library). On the other hand, I have noticed less tolerance for loud noises than I used to have (doors slamming, dishes being clashed or dropped).
The place that I have noticed the biggest change in my life is in my birding. I can no longer hear the songs of the higher pitched warblers; the ones that end their trills up in the 8Khz and higher range. (Of course, if I happen to be very close (5-10 feet away rather than 100+ feet) I can hear them okay too.
At home, I usually am the first to answer the phone and I also am very comfortable using my cell phone. I feel no social unease about my hearing when I am meeting new people. When watching TV shows, my wife (who has very good hearing and is always asking for more quiet) is more apt than I to take the remote and raise the volume when we are listening to hard-to-penetrate British accents on BBC TV.
The main thing I am hoping for is that aids will reduce the (largely unnoticed?) stress that I may be experiencing from the compensation I must have learned to do as I have gradually lost my high frequency hearing over the years.
Is this a reasonable kind of expectation to have when I try out my first aids? Or am I setting my sights too low? Any other thoughts or tips for someone who’s at my stage of the hearing aids journey?
Many thanks for any help anyone can give me.