Will my hearing get worse if I don't wear aids?

Am I ready for HAs? The specialist who tested me said that I would suffer more permanent loss over the next 10 years if I wasn’t wearing aids than I would suffer if I was wearing them (which he said would continue to stimulate my cilia and thereby slow atrophy.) Is this true?

My audiogram :
250 re-0 le-5
500 re-10 le-10
1000 re-45 le-50
1500 re-50 le-45
2000 re-45 le-40
4000 re-35 le-35
6000 re-30 le-45
8000 re-40 le-

Its true,
Its time to buy a HA.
A CIC will be perfect.

Hi Barbara,

Get as far away from this “specialist” as you can, because what you were told is an absolute and well known lie. Hearing aids do stimulate the cilia, but so does most sounds without a hearing aid and noise induced hearing loss is actually caused by over stimulation and damage to the cilia. What kind of specialist is this?

There is a phenomenon called sensory deprivation, whihc can lead to reduced ability of the brain to make sense out of speech through lack of stimulation to the central auditory pathways (think nerve’s dealing with sound), where hearing aids can help keep them stimulated. This deprevation only occurs at losses greater than 60dB at any frequency, so does not apply to you.

Also a CIC in your case will very likely lead to occulsion (to experience this put your fingers in your ears and speak normally) - this is what it might sound like with CIC’s in your ears every time you speak. You will probably be better served by open fit hearing aids if you decide to get them.

Your need for hearing aids are dictated by your audiogram, which does suggest you are likely to find benefit, your needs re hearing and your motivation. Generally the younger you start wearing hearing aids the easier they are to get used to. It is all about improving your quality of life, rather than using scare tactics to get you to buy a product.

Actually, hearing aids will make hearing worse faster since you will be exposed to more loud sounds. You have perfect hearing in the low frequencies and a mild hearing loss in the mid-high frequencies. You can try mini open fit HAs but make sure they aren’t too loud!

Not true for properly fitted aids as they limit, through MPO the loudest sounds they allow through, thus not incurring additional damage. The risk is much greater in losses like your own though Deaf123 as you require high gain and have very little dynamic range.

The specialist who tested me said that I would suffer more permanent loss over the next 10 years if I wasn’t wearing aids than I would suffer if I was wearing them (which he said would continue to stimulate my cilia and thereby slow atrophy.) Is this true?

That was NOT what I was taught during my training. But, heh, what do I know?

Im not sure I follow but maybe this would answer your question:

"in 1984, Shlomo Silman, stanley gelfman and carole silvermen publish a paper on auditory deprivation. When a person was aided monaurally the aided ear maintain its speech understanding capacity over time, while the unaided gradually decline.

the late Dr Gatehouse descrive the concept of acclimatization, the tendency for the aided ear to improve slightly over time compared to the unaided ear…"
this was take from a book by james Jerger

Am I ready for HAs? The specialist who tested me said that I would suffer more permanent loss over the next 10 years if I wasn’t wearing aids than I would suffer if I was wearing them (which he said would continue to stimulate my cilia and thereby slow atrophy.) Is this true?

Nope…scary that this person is licensed to dispense.

There is a phenomenon called sensory deprivation, whihc can lead to reduced ability of the brain to make sense out of speech through lack of stimulation to the central auditory pathways (think nerve’s dealing with sound), where hearing aids can help keep them stimulated. This deprevation only occurs at losses greater than 60dB at any frequency, so does not apply to you.

Agreed !

Here is an article from one of your audiology journals. Hard to read, but you can go to “view” and zoom in. Seems to support the original poster’s audi’s statement.