I am sorry to hear about both your hearing losses, but at least you recovered some of your hearing shantanu and that’s a blessing… I can relate to most of what you must be going through! 20 years ago I caught a viral flu and overnight I went deaf (been a hearing aid user since) for someone like me who’s love of life was folk music, my life seemed to stop and the take a severe downward spiral. I lost my job, I was a construction contracts manager, I had at the time a moderate/severe loss (now severe/profound!). Meniers disease kicked in, horrendous Tinnitus from day one, balance problems also! I became reclusive as I was the butt of everyone’s jokes, I survived on benefits for years as no one would employ me, I recall filling in over 40 job applications in one month alone, each of these jobs I was more than qualified to do, I got one reply saying thanks for your application… Eventually depression hit me and I bottomed out! This process took several years before I took a proactive roll in claiming my life back, you must seek help, especially from like minded souls, join a deaf club, take up sign language classes and lip reading classes, get some counseling, because you are going to need all these to help you cope! I wasted many years and lost all my self-esteem, it took me years to get my confidence back! I would defo go for hearing aids sooner rather than later shantanu as your hearing is damaged, if you can afford them?
Marg, I am very, very sorry to be blunt! If you have a Bilateral Sensory Neural Loss, the hair cells in your cochlear are beyond repair (unless stem cells can sort them at some point in the future?) then you have to except your loss! I was in denial for many years, I thought I would have a miraculous recovery and all the Doctors I’ve seen over the years were all wrong… Until you except this is me now, you can’t move on with your life!
Good luck to you both. Cheers Kev.