Julie O…… I really liked this post. You are obviously very experienced at working with hearing loss and have a lot of knowledge. Hoping you can share some advice. Had a visit with my audi this week. Until six weeks ago I had in-ear Oticon hearing aids. I had more hearing loss and they were no longer effective. My audi said that the aids I had could not be made any stronger and I would have to go with a stronger microphone. Set me up with aids that have the ear mold. The mold slides partially into my ear. The left one is fine. The right one will not stay in place in my ear and stops working with any head motion. I have been back in twice. Audiologist tried to modify the aid by shaving it and making it a little smaller. Still did not work. This week she said there is nothing more that can be done for me. Another doctor suggested that I look into a choclear implant but she was not encouraging. Told me it involves months of rehabilitation, hard work and extremely difficult. I have a hearing test next week and then see her again and she will send the report in to see if I might be a candidate for an implant. Meantime I want to look into some of the items mentioned in the posts on this site and don't know where to start. So questions: 1. What are telecoils, how do they work, and do you need a special phone to use them. 2. Is there a computer that does captioning? 3. Is there an answering machine that captions (I can no longer hear my message machine)? 4. Is there anything that connects to the TV to make hearing easier?
I also have a balance and vertigo problem 24/7 and find it very difficult to do research on the computer for information. Also there seem to be many options and it becomes confusing.
If you have time and can answer any of these questions I would really appreciate it. Or if anyone else on this site has any ideas for me please share. Thank you so much. Judy