I’m a new member and I am hoping to pick the brains of other users and members.
I’ve known I’ve been suffering hearing loss for a while as it has been getting much harder to hear people - particularly in my open plan office and in social settings. I went to an audiologist and he told me that I apparently have moderately severe loss in both ears. I used to work in construction with loud machinery, jackhammers, etc after I left school for around 2-3 years (this was about 35 years ago). Back in those days we knew nothing about hearing protection and never wore it.
The audi said my audiogram (I’ve uploaded it) does show noise induced hearing loss. Is anyone able to help interpret it for me please? Just how bad is my hearing loss? Is it in the frequencies typical of speech? Is my speech recognition poor?
I know people do have their own opinions about visible vs invisible hearing aids, and I asked him what was available that was as small or invisible as possible. I wasn’t worried about connectivity or streaming, so he recommended I try the Lyric 4. He fitted them and for a few days I did feel pressure while they settled. Sleeping was an issue as I could really feel them; however when out at a noisy restaurant with family, I noticed I could hear a glass clink 20 tables away but could not hear anyone talking to me from 10 feet away. I went back and he made some adjustments but to no avail. I also ended up with bleeding and severe pain in my right ear so got them removed a few days later. It was disappointing as I was really hoping they would work for me.
At the next visit we talked about the Signia Silk 7X and he explained the advantage of being able to have them fitted there and then and walk out, as well as being near invisible. He fitted and programmed them and took a photo of my ears, and guess what? They were almost invisible! I was really happy! At the first follow up visit earlier this week I told him I am still struggling with hearing people. He made some adjustments to the higher frequencies, boosted the volume to 90% and also added a couple of additional programs as well as the tinnitus program, and sent me on my way. The next day I had lunch with 3 colleagues at a restaurant. It wasn’t too busy and we sat at a small table - we would only have been 3-4 ft apart at the most. We got to talking, and I could barely hear a single word of anyone. Again, I could hear background noises but not voice and the adjustments he made had actually made it worse. It was so bad that I picked up my phone and pretended to be responding to emails so that no one could see the blank stare on my face when they were talking.
I’ve now decided that invisibility isn’t as important now as it was before - if it means opening up more options. Connectivity is a bit more important though, as I’ve been removing the Silk X so I can put in my earbuds for calls on my computer. He mentioned the Starkey Evolv CIC could be a really good option as it is still quite small but it is wireless as well.
Has anyone got experience with this model as well as the Silk X? Could it be an ideal option for my loss? Could the Silk be adjusted properly to cater for me? Pros and cons of each model? I have so many questions but I don’t even know how to ask them all! I totally understand that every person’s hearing is different, and that it usually takes multiple trips to the audi to fine tune everything; but I’m hoping for some advice/help/reassurance.
Thanks so much,