This is my first post on this great forum. I have been lurking for awhile and joined today because I need some help.
I’m not sure how to generate the little graph that many people posting have in their signature, but to make a long story short, my hearing in both ears drops off quickly above about 2k. I can’t hear beeps and alarms above 2k and generally have a problem catching all of the words in a conversation. I think my problems are related to shooting firearms when I was younger.
I have had three experiences trying to be fitted with hearing aids. The first occurred several years ago when I attempted to take advantage of a small benefit through my wife’s insurance. I was issued one low-feature hearing aid that did nothing for me except amplify background noise such that my hearing was even worse than before. I turned it back in and got my money back. The dispenser agreed that the hearing aid would not solve my problem.
The second experience was about two months ago when I was issued a single more feature-rich hearing aid through the audiologist that works for my ENT doctor. This episode also ended badly because once again, I really needed two hearing aides instead of just one and it just didn’t let me hear much better than without it. I also experienced a problem during the adjustment phase which I will explain more fully below.
Through this forum, I learned about Costco’s hearing aid service and made an appointment to have the hearing aid test. I was subsequently fitted with two of the new Kirkland 6.0 aids.
When I was fitted with the two Kirkland aids, I experienced basically the same problem that I had with my last fitting involving a single hearing aid. When the Costco technician programmed the hearing aids based on my test results, it sounded like listening to a radio on a very small speaker that could not adequately handle the frequency range. I tried to explain the way it sounded to the technician, but all she seemed to be able to do was turn the volume down to a point where the hearing aids really weren’t doing what they were supposed to do.
In fairness to Costco, this seemed to the same problem that I had with my previous fitting involving one hearing aid through my ENT. It seems that getting the volume high enough to do some good results in so much distortion that I can’t stand to listen to it. It would be like listening to a radio all day long on a really bad speaker.
I am probably not doing a good job of exactly describing the problem, but it does surprise me that the dispenser technicians in both cases can’t seem to be able to understand what the problem is. I am sure it is related to the particular hearing loss I have and somebody must have dealt with it before.
I am thinking that maybe I should just program the hearing aid myself if I can find the software. I probably can’t do any worse than the last two dispensers have done.
So, has anyone else had this type of problem getting fitted? Are their any opinions of what can be done to tell the Costco technician to try?
I would be grateful for any help. I really want to be able to clearly hear conversations again.