Hello, being exhausted from consulting with 2 or 3 ENTs and 2 or 3 audiologists without results, I come to you for your opinions which I’ll appreciate so highly:
I have “Mild to Moderately Severe” hearing loss according to tests. Many times I have problem understanding speech even when loud enough, plus loss of balance when I walk (I must look like a drunk woman). So I went first to an ENT thinking I may have something more serious than just getting aids.
All ENTs didn’t respond to these 3 problems – they just handed me a brochure with hearing aids! One of them suggested to go to Eye & Ear Infirmary for my lack of balance. All audiologists told me I should see an ENT as they only dispensed hearing aids!
I’m at a loss as to what more to do. I’m eager to get help but these providers are using me as a football! I wonder if I’d need a cochlear implant? If so, to which type of specialist would I go? Of course, at 93 it may be quite risky with general anesthesia?
Please SOS!!! Anticipating my BIG THANKS for your thoughts. Rosedala
P.S. I read somewhere that the medical name for not understanding the speech could be “Auditory Neuropathy/ Auditory Processing”. It sounds like something to do with the nerves?