So on a couple of my posts we’ve all commented that my audiogram isn’t that bad, and I see compared to many others, it’s not.
I went and saw my doctor today (who didn’t know about my hearing problems previously) as I need a letter for work explaining my hearing loss from a medical doctor, not an audiologist. When I showed her my audiogram and said I was getting hearing aids, she looked perplexed and said she didn’t think I needed them.
So now I’m confused. Hearing her medical opinion, I was a little taken aback. If she believes I don’t need hearing aids, why do I struggle with hearing so much? I always miss parts of sentences and ask people to repeat. I mistake word sounds like “fish” and “smith”, not being able to tell them apart, I have to ask new people to spell their names 3 times before I get it right, I miss conversation in TV shows regularly and thank modern technology for the rewind button if I think it’s an important plot point, and don’t even get me started on how I hate answering the phone for fear of not being able to understand anything at all.
How can I have all these problems but it’s not severe enough to need aids? I don’t know if the complicating fact is my tinnitus. I thought since it’s a high frequency, it shouldn’t affect speech recognition, but maybe it’s sufficiently loud enough to me to mask other sounds at any frequency? I don’t normally notice it in a noisy situation though.
If it’s not the tinnitus causing me problems, am I just being a hypochondriac about the whole listing problem?