While at 56 I’m certainly not getting any younger, the events of last year have resulted in my having to address hearing loss. I’ve noticed my hearing ability to slowly decline over the years but last August I developed a sudden onset of hearing sensitivity that I believe resulted from stress related issues and a 2019 that was not that enjoyable. I had an appointment with an Audiologist and the journey began.
So I went in with the chief complaint that my hearing had become very sensitive and in fact painful. I also noticed an onset of tinnitus that was not transient. I wasn’t really there to discuss or measure hearing loss but rather find out what’s going on with my hearing. That initial appointment confirmed high frequency hearing loss and a suggestion for hearing aids, of which I was in fact interested in, but didn’t directly address the pain and sound sensitivity that led me to the doctor. The next couple of months I did my own research and found information about hyperacusis, tinnitus, sound therapy, masking, the ATA, and this forum. Much has taken place since that initial appointment. The audiology graph that I’ve included is from subsequent results collected 11/4/19. On that date loudness discomfort levels were measured as normal at 100 dB to 110 dB. That audiologist believes I have recruitment. She wants to deliver TRT through hearing aids. I feel like my journey to the hearing doctor was not typical in that I didn’t go in saying, “Hey doc, I don’t hear too well anymore.”
Can any of you please describe what got you to the hearing doctor and any similarities you may share with my story. Also any information or support you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
I will later post my hearing aid question since I’ve been currently testing different manufacturers aids and want to keep that topic separate.