I’ve finally decided it’s time to purchase a hearing aid. I have an appointment with an audiologist (recommended by my ENT).
Multiple cholesteatoma surgeries on left ear, single cholesteatoma surgery on right ear. Both ears are stable for the last ten years. Tinnitus in both ears, I’ve learned to live with it. My hearing slowly decreasing in left ear every few years. I am diagnosed with Meniere’s in my right (“good”) ear.
I don’t currently have a functional hearing aid. I’ve learned to get by without one (reading lips, paying attention, captioning on TV, etc.).
The Meniere’s episodes don’t happen too often (maybe once every two months). But, when they do occur I loose my hearing in my right ear and I’m cut off from the world.
What should I be expecting? I’m pretty sure my left ear is only good for holding on my glasses. Would my right ear be a good candidate for a behind the ear model? I assume I’d need something with multiple programs so when I’m in the middle of a Meniere’s episode I could adjust it for my decreased hearing ability.
I’ve also been reading about the receiver-in-the-ear models; would my right ear benefit from this type?
Just trying to gather as much information as I can to make an informed decision. Thanks in advance for any opinions or comments.