As my title indicates, I’m new to these forums, as well as to the world of HAs. Hopefully, this was the correct place to make this first/introductory post.
In July 2004, I awoke with vertigo, which had subsided by noon…this was the first time I had ever experienced vertigo. In December 2007, I awoke with vertigo again which lasted all day and was still there the following morning when I awoke (no other episodes since then, thank goodness!). The vertigo resolved after a trip to the ER, but left me with tinnitus in my right ear and difficulty hearing from that ear, which I attributed to having that constant ringing to which I was listening.
Toward the end of last month, I happened to have my hearing tested (very simple test) by a mobile unit of a local clinic. I was shocked when I was told I had severe hearing loss in my right ear and it was most likely not due to the tinnitus. The HIS then talked to me about getting a better test done at the clinic and then they could work on setting me up with Audibel HAs (it seems this is the only brand they provide).
I searched the internet for some info and reviews for Audibel and most of the reviews I found were negative…out of 45 or so reviews, only 2 were positive. That made me very concerned about getting this particular brand, even if the clinic could get them for me for little to no charge (something the HIS said might be possible).
Two days ago, 12/1, I had a hearing test at Costco (I’ve been lurking for a bit before I registered here :)) and was told that with such an extreme difference in the result of both ears, it would be best to see an ENT or Audiologist prior to simply ordering HAs as it would be best to see what could be causing the tinnitus and treat that first to see if that helps anything. Unfortunately, seeing a specialist is something I most likely cannot afford (self-employed without insurance as it is extremely unaffordable to have it AND pay for my share of any/all medical costs and I gross too much to qualify for assistance programs…sigh). In order to try to help me be seen by a specialist and be able to afford it, the HIS provided some suggestions of places that might be able to help…I still need to contact them to see what, if anything, they would be able to do to help me.
So, one of my questions is, would it really be necessary for me to see a specialist before being prescribed and using HAs?
Does anyone have any experience with Audibel? Is it really as bad as the reviews I’ve seen or could it just be a very small percentage of users who had difficulties and the majority of users love them?
Looking at my test results, what advice or suggestions would you provide?
I feel quite lost with all of this. I’m almost thinking I should just keep going without any HAs, as I have been for the past 8 years…I hear fine out of my left ear and I just make sure when I’m chatting with my daughter or grandkids that they are on my left…LOL!