I recently (Nov 2009) lost most of my hearing due to side effects of anti-malaria drugs (and was a bad case of malaria too) and ended up with the following audiogram:
R 50 55 90 95 105 110
L 30 55 75 95 100 95 110 105 110 85
I am not keen on getting CI (mainly due to fear of loss of the residual hearing and also time for adaption) and tried a number of hearing aids. I finally settled on Bernafon VE 505 with P-receiver unit - it has been 4 months since I've had them. I do a decent job during one-on-one conversations in a quiet environment but have a hard time in a noisy environment, group discussion and anything by phone/TV. I realize my hearing loss is profound at high end and it may be difficult to do much, but here are my questions:
- Are there any other hearing aids that could be better, given my situation?
- Is there any other option outside cochlear implants (e.g., middle ear) that can retain my residual hearing (hoping that stem cells at some point will do the trick) and make a drastic difference?
Thanks in advance for any advice