Hi all new here. About 5 months ago my hearing went from perfect to more or less not so perfect as showen in the audiogram I’ve taken illustrated below
My right and left ear are almost identical
250 | 500 | 1000 | 2000 | 3000 | 4000 | 6000 | 8000
20db| 15db | 0db | 0db | 15db | 20db | 20db | 10db
Now I know that this may not appear as bad as most you on here but to be honest its really been affecting my quality of life in almost every aspect and the mild/moderate tinnitus doesnt make matters any easier:(. I’m also aware that my results still fall into the range classified as “normal hearing” which to be honest surprises me even more considering the difficulty I am having with this so called normal hearing. If this is still considered normal hearing then I think they need to revise the system! My OAE results were a fail in the right ear and left ear surprisingly showed robust results which makes no sense to me but just figured I’d add that in. I’m also not really sure how I obtained my hearing loss but most of the evidence points towards the very short use of an Ipod I got myself for christmass. 6 times at 30-60 mintues twice a week for 3 weeks was apparently all it took for me.
I’ve also been to more than one ENT, audiologist, and nuerotologist with similar audiogram results some were a slight improvement but generally the same. Anyway there answer to me was to basically deal with it and that there really isnt anything that could be done… I’m aware that there is no cure for tinnitus but at the very least I’m aware that there are hearing aids that can “aid” people with hearing loss. Are they really saying that my hearing loss does not warrant the use of hearing aids if so why not? Also can the added stimulation from a hearing aid help to reduce the tinnitus in mild situations.
Anyway my main question is, what can a hearing aid do for someone in my situation or anyone with mild hearing loss. I know hearing aids arent like putting glasses on a person with visual problems however, would I notice an improvement in my decibel scores in certain frequencies. My speech is still 100% although I truly need to concentrate during conversations when outside in noisy places and so on to not miss a single word. Everything basically sounds very monotone now and as one would think lower in volume, the tinnitus does the rest of the job at filtering speech and other background noises.
I’m going to look into seeing a hearing aid specialist and I’m hoping I won’t have to beg this guy to let me try one out, because the TV seems to be getting louder and conversations also seem to be getting more and more difficult to follow.
I’m also only 25 years old btw so getting used to this hearing is gonna be rough if there truly is nothing that can help:confused: