First off, hello to everyone and thanks for the information.
About ten years ago I notice that I couldn’t understand what people were saying in meetings when more than one person was talking. I also have trouble with movies and television sometimes. I had my hearing tested and these are the results:
250 L-0 R-0
500 L-5 R-5
1K L -0 R-0
1.5K L-15 R-15
2K L-20 R-20
3K L-25 R-20
4K L-30 R-25
5K L-40 R-30
6K L-30 R-30
8K L-50 R-35
I also have tinnitus. Sometimes it drives me nuts and sometimes I don’t notice it because I’m distracted by other things.
The audiologist I saw recommended getting hearing aids for both ears. I think she mentioned “open-fit.”
So here are my questions:
I’m not sure if I got this right. I thought the audiologist said that our brains can loose the ability to understand input of the frequencies they’re not getting input at so the sooner I get hearing aids the better. Do I have that right?
Where’s the best place to get hearing aids? The audiologist I saw is part of a large teaching university hospital. I assume their prices for hearing aids are not the highest but pretty pricey. Hospitals charge a lot for things that insurance companies don’t pay for. Would it be a horrible mistake to go to Costco? Has anyone had experience with HearPO? I think my insurance company works with them.
Since I have no problem with understanding people in most situations how do you know when it’s time to get hearing aids? (Yeah, I know this is a really hard question to answer but I’m sure everyone has their own answer)