I am sad for you, but unsurprised, that you have had such bother with hearing aids. The medical aids market is sadly not isolated from the market forces that make them concentrate their new developments on the largest markets, and those are people with severe losses all over and those with ‘ski-slope’ losses. I’ve heard of a cookie-bite loss but never looked it up, which I shall now do. My audiogram looks just like the way geese fly in the sky.
I’ve always beaten myself up a bit for being “only a wee bit” deaf and then not being able to understand anything, why could I not talk on the phone when I knew people with implants and with profound losses who managed? How come if I could hear “that well” then I couldn’t work out what anyone was saying? I thought I was maximum -35, so the -60 is a bit of a shocker! Specially as I wasn’t that deaf on that day, I thought the test went really well! I’m just pleased to be able to hear some stuff with a radio aid, but there is no consideration given to radio aids for the adult market here, it’s a totally paediatric thing.
By design or by accident of electronics the majority of noise that a hearing aid itself makes is in the high frequencies, so of course to give me enough oomph in the mid-range the thing is busy going “weeeee” in my ear all day long in the frequencies I can hear! I am not surprised I never got on with analogue aids, I have near-normal hearing and high neurological sensitivity to high sounds, so add on all those dB of gain to get the mid-range in focus and the sound of someone slamming a desk at school would feel like I’d been shot in the head.
I wonder if they are able to design and bring to market a reverse version of the “Sound Recover” in the Naida aid that, if I understood this right, takes high frequency sounds that are off the range of a person’s useful hearing and sort of squashes them down into a frequency they can hear them, so things sound unusual but audible. I wouldn’t mind if everyone sounded like Mini Mouse or the Chipmunks so long as I know what they are saying!
Actually, I was browsing around hearing aid museums looking for a type of hearing aid that I seem to be the only person on the planet to remember having (a partial BTE, everything was BTE but the battery, which you had to hang around your neck in a tube) and came across this:
Which sems to be in clinical trials in the USA at the present time. The fitting range is suitable on paper and doctor costs are paid but the device cost is massive, and unlikely to be touched by your insurance because it’s experimental. I suppose it gives some hope for the future, assuming they can find enough people with a spare $12,500 to spend on an experimental device. One write-up seems to be heralding it as a development in better actual hearing, the others seem to be concentrating on it being just like a hearing aid but you can swim in it, so not sure what the reality is on whether it provides anything over and above what can be achieved with a standard external hearing aid.