Thank you all for your support…my delay in following up was due to a very serious accident my spouse had…I’m now getting back to dealing with my hearing in earnest.
I’m feeling very uneducated as I now try to answer some of Arni’s questions…though I’ve tried hard to learn these confusing terms.
My audiogram as I understand what I’m reading which is just x’s, o’s and > < on the paper.
FREQ. L. R.
125 nothing noted
250 50 40
500 35 35
750 > mark @ 35 <mark just above 40
1000 30 30
1500 > & < marked @just under 30
2000 45 25
3000 25 20
4000 25 25
6000 45 25
8000 25 40
I’ve been tested 3 different times by this audiologist in a sound booth…each time the results were fairly similar. She says I have moderae- mild SNHL left ear and mild-bordline normal SNHL right ear.
Yes, I continue to need more amplification to hear TV or people who talk softly or a far distance from me…meaning more than a few feet.
I realize my hearing won’t be like normal…however as I know see it my problem is two fold. Wearing some of these aids such as the Phonak Audeo S Mini V actually made the back of my throat hurt…and the fullness in my head was not tolerable.
The Widex Passion 110 felt better physically however the sound was too tinny and distorted.
The audiologist continues to try different size domes and wires…for instance size 2 fit too deeply in my ear and that causes pain and fullness. We’ve literally spent hours with the various aids connected to her computer as she tries to find settings that help. Each time when she raises the gain…I then hear clicking noises when I talk she keeps thinking it’s feedback…I wonder if it’s my jaw movements that are being heard. Normal noises are beyond distracting. Running water from my sink sounds like a waterfall…the rustling of my clothing can drown out what I need to hear, and even the fan on my digital projector which sits close to me as I do professional presentations prevents me from hearing students asking questions.
I’m going back again today, seriously for about the 20th time for another adjustment. This gal has only practiced a year…she is encouraging, never complains about how often I’ve been there, promises to make it work…but truthfully I am getting frustrated. She continues to say that hearing aids are generally made to address high frequency loss and mine is low freq. loss and that’s why this is so difficult…she raises the gain and then other sounds drown out or the clicking whatever the heck that is happens.
I’m currently using Siemens Pure SE 501…which I find the behind the ear portion very uncomfortable…it’s so fat it just doesn’t sit well, the receiver part in the ear still feels too big because I can’t push it in far enough or it hurts the back of my throat. She hasn’t said too much about abnormal size ear canal…and I’ve been seen by a ENT and that wasn’t mentioned either.
I’m at a loss about what to do…try someone else, try a completly different style of hearing aids…go to a much higher end aid that has more variations??/
Thank you all for any other suggestions…