I have too issues–hearing loss and sleep apnea. I was reflecting on the concerns I had at the beginning of my pursuit to improve my hearing, and OSA treatment, and now.
Both were stressful when I started. Heck they are stressful now. So I put this together, hoping to learn from others.
Back a while. I new I couldn’t hear well enough. One hearing aid? Two? Do I really need them?
Checked the yellow pages. (This was about18 years ago–2003?) I was unemployed and had no benefits.
Luck–found a good audiologist. She helped a lot. I had little money.
Question–one hearing aid ok? I bought one; couldn’t afford the second one.
I got my hearing aid. Over the warranty period they did lots of adjustments. But the audiologist left. New one…took a mold of my ear and they remade my hearing aid. In the ear. It hurt! Warranty was over. Whenever I was stressed I took it out. Years went by.
After Listen Up Canada broke it cleaning it, I found a really good audiologist. She confirmed that I qualified for assistance because of my work. She was magical. Every time I saw her she solved problems and made my 2 Phonaks work better.
But she sold her business. That was about 5 years ago. In that period I’ve gone to another audiologist. They’ve supplied me with new hearing aids about 2-1/2 years ago. They’ve never worked well. And I’ve had many many appointments to resolve my hearing issues with these 2 Phonaks (behind the ear.)
My observation. New people with hearing issues have a number of questions.
- Do I really need hearing aids?
- Will one do?
- There are so many makes and suppliers! How do I pick the right one?
- Costco sells hearing aids in Canada now. Are they any good?
- How do I hear better?
- Why does my hearing get worse every year when I see the audiologist?
- Test says I can hear words and repeat them. How come that doesn’t work in the real world?
Good news–tomorrow I get my 3rd set of HA’s. A new audiologist has come through for me. Phonak. Paradise. Rechargeable. Blue tooth. I’ll get loaners tomorrow.
My thought–am I right?–the most important thing is how the hearing aids are set up.