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Sudden Hearing Loss: Want to connect with others

Hearing Loss | Last Active: May 24, 2022 | Replies (85)

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After talking with the audiologist about options, I decided not to use anything. The hearing in my good ear is quite good, and I have learned to compensate well. The option presented at the time, ie several years ago, was to put a transmitter in my deaf ear and run a wire around the back of my head under my hair to transfer collected sound to my good ear. I know from listening to people with hearing aids talk about them that the technology has really improved to filter out background noise and reduce static; and I will ask about new technologies at my next hearing test. I had to laugh because at my last hearing test I mentioned that I wasn't hearing as well. The test results indicated otherwise (showed no change), and the audiologist said she noticed people were really mumbling more. Someone from a recent post said something that has been so important for me in getting along with being deaf in one ear, ie telling people I have a problem, asking for help and letting them know what they can do to help me. For example, in a meeting where you go around the table and introduce yourselves, I always include something about being deaf in my left ear and tell people if I don't respond when they talk to me it is because I don't hear them, ie I'm not being rude. Co-workers, friends, and family automatically walk with me on my right side so I can hear them, make sure I'm looking at them when they are talking, repeat something if they sense I haven't heard it properly, and wait for me to sit where I need to at a table or in a room to hear most effectively before they sit down. Their thoughtfulness really enables me to get along pretty well. As a result, after my acoustic neuroma surgery and the loss of hearing in my left ear, I went to graduate school, worked in my chosen profession, volunteered, and traveled…all the things I would have done with two functioning ears with needed adjustments. At age 74 looking back I feel pretty lucky actually.

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if I am not to forward here, I think you should explore the B-Cros option. I too am deaf in my right ear (since 4 years of age- almost 60 years and have profound loss in the other – related to aging / perhaps overuse) and got my first pair of Phonax Bi-Cros 6 years ago. That did not work out well and I was going to give up. However, I did op, as a trial, for the next generation of Phoinax Bi-Cros (upgraded technology) and the difference is night and day. Although I still cannot echo locate, I can hear in the vehicle while driving (good ear was always to window), no longer search for "seating" that gave me the best chance to hear and other benefits. I am kind of bewildered that your audiologist would recommend nothing – my audiologist was insistent that my quality of life would improve and she was right. I am fortunate that my wife's health insurer pays for hearing aids (every four years).