I’ve been posting a good bit recently about my journey into the world of HAs and I just came from a hearing test with my new audiologist. My previous one I had used for about 15 years and he was the only audi I had ever had an adult hearing test with.
So after running the tests 3 different times with the new audi … it turns out that I in fact do NOT have any significant hearing loss. Tinnitus yet (which is hard to deny when your ears ring 24/7) but as for actual loss my worst score across the board was 20. My previous audiogram results are in my signature below and from my memory were honestly not all that far off from what I remember of my previous ones with my old audiologist.
I’m somewhere between super happy and incredibly upset at the moment. I don’t think it would have been something he did deliberately and it freaks me out a bit that over 15 years I have been getting the same results from him. I’m quite confident that the new audiologist I saw today was absolutely spot on with her testing.
I scored 100% on both ears for speech recognition tests and she showed me the plot of all 3 “beep” tests we did, which were next to identical. Her gear is all quite new and is a reputable fully digital testing setup. We used proper earpieces (yellow foam inserts, properly labelled left and right boxes and tubes feeding them, etc). My previous audi used a really old looking type setup and quite old “can” style headphones, etc. It honestly looked like his gear might have been from the 70’s. What she did with me today was seriously more thorough than anything my previous audi had ever done with me.
My question is this … how do I approach him about this? Like I say he seems like a super nice guy and is in fact published in the field, does posts on reputable audiology sites and even gives papers at conferences. I’m just wondering if it’s possible that something is seriously amiss with his setup and he has no idea. I’m also very concerned that he treats a LOT of people (specifically poor musicians!) and if they are getting the same kind of results that I got over 3 attempts there is a lot of people that think their hearing is a lot worse than the reality of it and maybe even have HAs that don’t need them, etc (that’s exactly the boat that I was in).
My issue is I’m just a guy (who honestly had a bad experience with his office and “divorced” him, albeit in a nice manner), so I’m not sure what it would mean if I just left jim voicemail or an email stating my concerns. I’m not sure if it would be cool (or even ethical) to ask my new audiologist to approach him about it, but I really and honestly think he needs to find out.
Any advice is appreciated!