Hello, 55 y/o male whose ears have been ringing for the last 30 years.
Single round fired from a .357 MGM in an Arroyo without hearing protection in 1985. Ears have rung ever since. Right ear worse than left (go figure as I shoot right handed.
The military told me then (and several times since, there was really nothing which could be done.
30 years later and well insured, I saw an audiologist who set me up in a $6,000 pair of hearing aids. A lot of fancy talk about trans positioning, etc. following pretty much the same hearign test I took 30 years ago (has hearing diagnosis really not changed in 30 years). A month and 3 visits into these things, I am returning them for (hopefully) a full refund.
The bottom line is the people I perceived as mumbling previously still mumble. The people who I could understand, I still understand, but have to filter out the click, crunch, and rattle of the HAs to understand them. The people whom I perceived as too loud, I now want to throat punch. The wind noise of my old car sounds like a woman being eviscerated alive. In summary, everything new that I hear with the HAs is just annoying noise.
Frustrated enough to find a calibrated online hearing test, you could describe my hearing loss as:
Freq 250 500 1k 2k 4k 8k
L 32 51 32 21 80 71
R 32 41 31 31 80+ 80+
Additionally, I would estimate my tinnitus tone as around 8k (using an online generator).
I’m old enough to realize audiologists are ultimately HA salesmen, so I understand they are not going to tell me there is just no way to help. But after this experience, I am concluding (at least the pricey HAs I have), there may be no help.
So, my question is if anyone is in the same boat, hearing wise, and has actually found an HA brand that works for symptoms similar to mine?
Alternatively, does anyone know of a brand of HA or Personal Sound Amplification Product which allows end user programming? I’d like to be able to customize the gain levels of various frequencies myself to see if I can get any relief.
I’d like to find an HA with (I assume) extended reproduction/amplification capabilities. From what I can tell, most work between 250Hz and 8,000Hz, with a maximum gain of 80bB. Since my right ear hearing loss at 4K and 8K is more than 80dB, I woudl guess I need something with a bit more power.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.