Sorry to be so late in getting back to this thread, but I was just thinking about it again tonight. Hope some are still following.
[quote=DeafKD;74024]Have you worn HAs before? No HA will sound “natural” if you haven’t, but some have more features and the ability to program out the things that are bothersome. With the better digitals, a lot can be programmed. Try out different brands, such as Naidas. The “sound” is sometimes different depending on the person.
Yup. I had been wearing a pair of Siemens Life 700’s for my moderate hearing loss for the last few years. Then my right ear suddenly lost 30-40 decibels across the board one day. So I tried some power aids on that ear as I said above. It’s hard for me to communicate with the audis here because I’m in Japan, but all I get from those aides is a ‘buzz buzz.’ So I gave up for the time being, just getting by on the left ear aided with the Siemens, though of course I have problems.
As for Speech Discrimination testing, please correct me if I’m wrong, but no audi or ENT has ever done this for me and after Doc Audio’s explanation above, I can see why no one bothered. Many people here say it’s a standard part of the test, but the result is that either you’ve got poor speech discrimination and you shouldn’t expect much improvement from adjustment, or you’ve got good speech discrimination and let’s try to bring up your lowest frequencies. Oh! So my audis have been like, “let’s just make the adjustment and see how she goes.” And rightly so. No need to waste my time and money on a Speech Discrimination test. Furthermore, according to Doc Audio:
“you can have someone with profound loss and amazing speech/word recognition - these people would generally do well with amplification, or people with moderate losses and horrible speech/word recognition would would not be expected to do as well.”
So one ear that’s dozen of decibels lower than another ear across the board can discriminate speech better? Does this Speech Discrimination test also involve crystal balls and incantations in arcane tongues? I’m joking, but do statements like this not make audiology sound like some kind of pseudo science? I must be mistaken. Please correct me as I want to understand.