I just joined up today. Male, and going to be 51 in April. Hoping that you guys will be able to point me in the right direction and that I may get some useful information from someone with a similar hearing loss as I do.
My story is, I have had worse hearing in my right ear for as long as I can remember. Ive always favoured my left ear for answering the phone for example. Not sure why I had the extreme right sided loss, only reason jumps to mind was that I used drive with my window down on the right for hours - could that have caused it?
My GP referred me to an ENT to have my ears checked a year ago. The ENT prescribed steroids, I tried them, no success, but then I understand now as my loss was long term, it wouldn’t have made a difference.
Next was a hearing test, and an MRI to rule out an Acoustic Neuroma as one side was much worse than the other. That was all clear anyway.I wasn’t happy with my ENT, she didn’t recommend hearing aides or anything so time passed and in December, I visited another ENT and had a further hearing test, the results of which are in my signature and below.
So, I accept that I need hearing assistance for sure, but heres where I was hoping for input from your experienced folk, so I will throw out a few questions.
- Would you imagine that my right ear is aidable? I believe its loss is in the Severe range. I do have some distortion in it at the moment when loud noises are present , for example the base noise while driving in a car, loud music.
- Does wearing a hearing aid, and find tuning it, relearn your brain to hear through the distortion?
- Does it look like my better ear needs aiding also? is it wise to do this, as it could save further hearing loss?
- What would be the recommended brand of hearing aid for my type of losses? I assume the in canal types are too weak for my right ear for sure.
Thanks in advance, Id be grateful for your wisdom.