Just reading the helpful banter and knowledgable responses has helped me so much. I struggle with depression because of the heating loss. My loss has been gradual, having started in my late twenties, I'm in my seventies now, but in about the last year it has gotten much worse. At my last hearing test, I was told that I'm not far from being profoundly impaired and told I might want to check with an ENT doctor. Thank heaven she told me that. I saw the ENT doctor and he sent me to a CI implant doctor. That made me think I need to learn more and there must be a lot of information on the internet that I haven't seen. I started spending time looking for and reading about hearing loss. I found and joined HLAA and found you. I'm not alone anymore.
From you I learned I should get a telecoil if I get a new aid, researched my aids and found out I don't have one. I also found out from you about Real Ear Measurement. I have gone to the same audiologist for over ten years and have never been told about an REM or about a telecoil. I have purchased two hearing aids two separate times from him. From reviews I thought this was a good audiologist and that I was getting the best treatment I could get.
This week I was tested for a CI and found out I don't quality. I was told 40 is the cutoff and my left ear measured 41. My right ear is in the 50's. Their recommendation was to stay with my current aids, Oticon, which are good aids and they programmed them with REM and and gave me new domes which seal my ears better. No more squealing when I put my hands close to my ears. They also put an additional program on my aids and made it so I can use my iPhone to adjust my aids. And one more thing they told me was that my aids are maxed out, but there are more powerful aids available now if these aids are no longer strong enough. When I was getting ready to leave my appointment, I realized that after the REM adjustment, for the first time, I'd been able to understand both audiologists even though they were wearing masks. A really good day.
All because of you. I can't thank you enough for being there and giving helpful, candid responses. @sag