Hi guys. I posted a thread about my hearing loss a couple weeks back. As you can see in my signature, I have mild hearing loss in my right ear. My left tested ‘normal’ - that is, all frequencies below 20 dbHL. I intend to aid my right ear, but here’s the problem. My left doesn’t seem to hear normally either.
A couple weeks ago, my friend played a silly prank on me. He popped an air-filled plastic bag right next to my right ear, and ever since then, my right has had hearing loss. He did the same to my left ear a few weeks later. I should have told him off the first time, but at that time I didn’t even know that what he did had caused permanent hearing loss. I thought that the ‘dull’ feeling after he popped the plastic bag on my right ear would go away, but it never did. He now knows the consequences of his actions, but it’s too late now.
Ever since then, my hearing hasn’t been the same. Everything sounds so distant and far away, even on my ‘good’ ear. So my question is - is it feasible to wear a hearing aid on an ear that is deemed to hear ‘normally’? All it’s frequencies are hovering at around 10-15 dbHL. Although this falls within the range of ‘normal hearing’, I certainly feel the effect of that 15 db loss. Previously I would be able to pick up a conversation a few metres away, whereas now it’s just noise to me. Music has also lost much of it’s quality.
I know it seems crazy to aid an ear with ‘normal hearing’, but what is ‘normal’? Definitely not what I’m hearing now. The world feels so dull and the difference between now and a few months back is like night and day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I’m at a loss on what to do.