Mild hearing loss tinnitus will hearing aid help

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:

I think you will find that most audiologist will tell you the same thing that the ENT told you and because your loss is so mild will not want to fit you with hearing aids because they don’t want you to return them at the end of the trial. My HA do help with my tinnitus, but I don’t know if I would get them just for masking my tinnitus and over the years I learned to ignore it to a large part. Some people claim they get relief of their tinnitus from taking lipoflavonoid but I have never tried it. I think over time you and your brain will adjust to your new level of hearing but it will take more than 6 months, when you get HA’s it takes up to a year or more for your brain to adjust to what you are hearing, so you need to give it more time. Good luck!

thanks for the reply seb, Now that i know what it likes to have hearing loss (mild though it may be) i truly envy those with moderate to sever losses and so on because just trying to get used to mine is proving rather difficult. I suppose my mind still remembers what it’s like to have that perfect hearing i had, in all honesty i miss the annoying things the most like my dog barking or the birds outside my window startling me awake. Now those suddle nuiances just kinda blend into the background.

I have my good days and bad days with the tinnitus and can manage to sleep with it, but the hearing loss is still a concern to me espicially since it has no where to go but down if i dont take protective measures.

I’m just extremly curious to try out a nice digital hearing aid, even if it didn’t help i could always say i tried :rolleyes:

afaik, 25db (20?) and under is considered to be in the ‘normal’ range

certain places consider 25db as normal and other places 20db or less as normal. on every audiogram i’ve taken there is a distinct line at 20db marking the cut off between normal and mild loss. Either way im am experiencing a distinct difference in the clarity and quality of sound in comparison to the perfect hearing i had before this all happened. It’s almost as if the frequencies i don’t have losses in completely over power the ones i do so everything now just kind of melds together.

You might want to investigate LACE training to make sure your getting the most from your hearing.

http://www.neurotone.com/

Your loss is indeed very mild. Let me tell you that the brain is so adaptable! I know this first hand. If you haven’t been here long I’ll give you my short story. I fell while intoxicated 01/01/11 landing on the left side of my head. As you can see from the numbers in my audiogram in my signature I lost quite a bit of heariung in my left ear, and I was the kid who always had excellent hearing.

Last year (2011) was very difficult for me. I never realized how much having a hearing loss could impact your life. I had trouble hearing anywhere there was any kind of background noise. My favorite restaurant is in an old mill building and the high ceilings and stone walls just had the cacophony of voices bouncing around making it impossible for me to hear the people I was dining with or the server waiting on me. I didn’t go out as much, I didn’t socialize as much, it was all just too tiring and frustrating to deal with.

I just went to that same restaurant last night. I heard just about every word the server said, I could hear the dinner conversation fairly well, I could actually enjoy myself. I have no hearing aid for that ear, my brain has simply adapted to my new reality. Even with horrible hearing on one side and slightly lowered hearing on the other, my brain has adapted to where I can hear what I need to hear.

No one can be more amazed at how much I’ve adapted than me! I’ll never hear like I used to, my hearing tests will never say “exceptional” like they did when I was a kid, but my brain has adapted to a point that I can once again hear well enough to happily get along in life each day.

You will likely get to a point sometime in the hopefully distant future where your brain will no longer be able to compensate for your hearing loss and you can contemplate aids then. Until then, give yourself some time to adapt. It will be frustrating at times, but all of a sudden you’ll realize that you’re doing ok and your brain has adapted. Well, at least that’s how I hope it will be for you.

People who know told me that I probably had had a hearing loss for much of my life, and that I am a good lip-reader. I never realized that I could hear better when seeing people talk. :stuck_out_tongue:

The other thing that may help you decide if an a hearing aid will help are your word recognition scores. If they’re decreased it would explain your difficulties in understanding speech. A mild, but rapid, change can affect recognition more than a gradual change would.

I would also recommend LACE training it will help you get the most out of your hearing.

the loss was fairly rapid, it was pretty much like one moment i could hear great and the next my ears were ringing and i couldnt hear all that great which is another reason why I’m prob having so much of problem adapting to it. I’m just extremly curious as to whether or not a hearing aid would help or not before i consider habituation or some other forms of therapy. I would have no shame in wearing them and the cost isnt really an issue its really about quality of life at this point and wakingmup every morning in the same boat is getting rather frustrating :(. If i had to adapt I suppose in time I would, I’d really have no choice, but I feel like my best shot is giving a hearing aid a shot, only I have no idea what is to be expected from one if anything. Are hearing aids good for mild hearing loss andif so what kind of improvments are to be expected?

Hearing aids can definitely help with the tinnitus :smiley:

Mine was driving me bonkers and i tried an aid … and loved it. I went from thinking about / being aware of the T all the time to almost never thinking about it.

Definitely try one out … you can always turn it in.

ships I hear ya. The tinnitus definitly adds to an already difficult issue, I’m glad to see you’ve had some success with your aids :).

I ended up regaining enough hearing that my T has gone away almost completely… it happened 5 months after my problem … and 5 weeks after going on a low carb diet.

Amazingly enough it happened a week before my trial was up and not a week after so i turned my aid back in.

ships thats some good news :)… Better hearing and a reduction in tinnitus would be fantastic to me. I honestly hope i can have the opportunity to give one a shot.

Over the years, I have come across several people who show no loss on an audiogram, but have responded well to hearing aids. You need to remember that an audiogram is a subjective guide to beeps and squeaks and not he be all and end all. I was told at an early stage in my 20 yr career that audiology is an inexact science and sure enough that comment has been proven correct many times.
There is something called a retro cochlea hearing loss (in the brain) which may not show up on an audiogram, but will cause problems with discrimination.
I would suggest you try out a couple of low cost open fit hearing aids and see what happens. Quite often, just wearing the hearing aids will ‘dampen’ out the tinnitus sounds and improve your perception of sound and lets face it, if it works for you great, if not, at least you’ve eliminated a possibility.
Good luck

Sam’s Club and Costco both have hearing aid centers that will allow you to demo aids in the club for no cost and if you decide to try a pair, 90 days for trial with %100 back if you return them. Obviously, I encourage the Sam’s option, but both will give you a solid look at hearing aids and what they can offer.

What are todays hearing aids like? Since my hearing loss is considered slight/mild could a nice digital hearing aid almost give me full hearing back? At the very least would it sound natural:confused:. Again i know hearing aids arent like glasses but for someone like me whoes hearing loss although slight yet still difficult, would a hearing aid do more than just make things louder. My biggest issue right now is in the areas with 20 db losses, its enough for me to still be able to hear those frequencies, yet bad enough to where they are drowned out in the areas with no hearing loss making everything sound monotone

I also got blood work back for celiac disease came back positive… All this occured 5 months ago when i made a major change in my diet adding in alot of gluten based foods, I began to make a connection to the spikes in my tinnitus and their occurence after I ate few months back but I contributed to my possible TMJ. After geting that checked out though the doctors said thT my TMJ would not be causing my issues, so thats when I said to myself maybe it isnt how I’m eating but what I’m eating. It looks like my suspicions were correct. Which also leads me to believe the Ipod wasn’t my problem and just a coincidence. It would explain why things slowly got worse months after stopping my Ipod usage. Plus i only used the thing 6 times!!!.

So everything points to celiac. My mother has it and went years before getting diagnosed with it and now has things like osteopinia and other life long issues but it spared her ears. Since going gluten free almost 2 weeks ago i havent had anymore spikes in my tinnitus but it is still very much there and the hearing loss hasnt really gotten any better either. I’m hoping that my issues are anything but sensory nuero and that my hearing loss ma slowly reverse itsself but that is seeminly becoming more and more less likely

Do you have bone conduction numbers from your hearing test?

Sensorineural loss as you know is usually irreversible. Some conductive losses can be repaired with surgery.

There has been a lot of new research in to a lot of different diseases, celiac being one of them, to see if some of these conditions are autoimmune in nature. People with one autoimmune disorder are more likely to develop other autoimmune conditions. So if celiac is an autoimmune disorder, your hearing loss may also be autoimmune in nature.

It may seem like a stretch but research is ongoing regarding many diseases and conditions that can be autoimmune in nature. I have autoimmune hyperthyroidism, my thyroid is technically fine, my immune system is not working right.

Just throwing out ideas :D.