The last time I had my hearing tested (about a year and a half ago) my thresholds were between 60 and 75 across the board which I guess is “Moderately Severe”. My speech score was 75-80% at 90db. Because my hearing loss is progressive my ENT (who I saw about a year ago) recommended that I get new hearing aids that can “grow” as I loose more hearing.
I currently have 4 year old Canta 470 BTEs which don’t have volume control or direct audio input, both features that I sorely need.
I plan to go to the audiologist in January and I will bring up my ENTs recommendations.
I know that my hearing has gotten much worse since I last saw the audiologist (that is part of the reason I’ve been afraid to go back) because I can no longer understand any speech in noise and if someone is more than a few feet from me I cant understand them. Also, I’ve noticed that loud high pitched pure tones above 2kHz don’t sound like pure tones. They sound more like static (I found this out b/c my musician friends were playing with a tone generator). In classes my friends just write down what people across the room say.
I’m hoping that vocational rehab will pay for new aids if I need them because I’m a college student and I’ll be graduating in May and I have zero chance of getting a job if I can’t understand any unfamiliar voices. And I’m applying to medical school next year, I have to be able to prove that I can hear enough to practice medicine.
Whoops. I put this in the wrong thread but I don’t know how to move it…