I can relate a lot to your question. My loss isn’t that bad compared to someone with more hearing loss than me, so do I really need to give myself something that will help me? I have asked myself that question for about ten years, on and off. But I now know that I can turn it around, too. I am working with a room full of people who all have better hearing than me. They all have two really excellent ears with normal hearing all the way. So why am I going around pretending that is me too, and pretending that a hearing aid would not apply to me? It absolutely helps my hearing.
No one knows what it’s like to have my hearing exactly, except me. Only I have this hearing and this brain and this personality. I have a talent for languages and I have 100% word discrimination in both ears in the little booth test. But that’s not reality at all. Compared to normal hearing people, I was working harder, concentrating more, to understand speech without a hearing aid. A lot of times, it was no problem. But even with all my skill and focus, I was starting to get tired and not able to do it as well anymore in noisy and/or complex listening situations. Also, people with soft, high-pitched voices were really draining my energy as I had to listen harder in order to make sure I understood them.
Now, if someone is walking on my bad side, it sounds like they are talking through a play telephone. I can understand, but sounds a bit electronic, which takes getting used to, or maybe needs fine tuning. Before, they would sound more muffled. I would reposition where I was when I felt uncomfortable, in order to be in the best listening position. I still do that, but I do have more freedom to speak from greater distance and more flexibility. Even though it sounds a bit unnatural compared to the good side, I am understanding more easily. When someone is not directly on my bad side, it sounds much clearer and better than it was before. It’s totally worth it in all situations. I am really looking forward to my tune up session and hope that it can sound even better.
Someone might say…“You have one good ear so don’t bother…” I guess I would ask if they would like to be half blind in one eye, even if glasses could improve things a lot, would you recommend that person go without?
Looking at your audiogram, you can absolutely say it’s not as severe as some other people… but it’s not what normal hearing people have. I am surprised that anyone would discourage you from being able to communicate and listen more easily and comfortably. I hope you will find a hearing help solution that works for you and feels comfortable for you, at the right time.