High frequency hearing test: What hearing aids are best?

Posted by gulzar @gulzar, Sun, Mar 3 12:29pm

Please see the attached hearing test, I would like to know what type hearing aids will helps me to hear better for my high frequency hearing loss.

I think @johntm @airotto370 @babarker @judymartin @tulip and @contentandwell might have some thoughts on what type of hearing aids might be best for high frequency hearing loss.

@gulzar, what type of aids does your audiologist recommend?

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My hearing loss is so sever in high frequency l don't think hearing aids helps, at Costco they have Resound around $2900 but they don't have trail period to try it. I like to know if someone similar to my hearing loss what helped him/her.

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@gulzar My hearing loss is high-frequency, but I have a very good audiologist and I trust her to know what is right for my hearing problems. If some hearing aids are better for high-frequency loss and others for low-frequency loss I wasn't even aware of that. I do know that there are other attributes that make some more appropriate for certain hearing losses. I lost a lot of clarity in my hearing a few years ago. The words do not get interpreted well by my brain unless they are very clear. For that, my audiologist recommended the Opn1 hearing aids and they did provide better clarity than my old Phonaks, but the Phonaks were better at directionality.
My daughter's hearing loss is the opposite of mine, plus hers was from birth or infancy, and mine happened as I aged. Her loss is low frequencies, which is what I believe they refer to as reverse slope. She has ReSounds and loves them.
If you find a good audiologist you should be able to have confidence in him or her to help you find what is best for you. Most audiologists allow the patient a trial period too. I had two or three different pairs for trial periods one time before I chose which helped me the most.
Good luck with this. I will be interested in hearing which aids you end up with.
JK

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There is no hearing aids for high frequency hearing loss but some hearing aids compress the high frequency to lower frequency to be able to hear it but they don't sounds same and needs some therapy to train you to recognize the compressed sound so most Audiologist can't helps in that matter.

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@contentandwell

@gulzar My hearing loss is high-frequency, but I have a very good audiologist and I trust her to know what is right for my hearing problems. If some hearing aids are better for high-frequency loss and others for low-frequency loss I wasn't even aware of that. I do know that there are other attributes that make some more appropriate for certain hearing losses. I lost a lot of clarity in my hearing a few years ago. The words do not get interpreted well by my brain unless they are very clear. For that, my audiologist recommended the Opn1 hearing aids and they did provide better clarity than my old Phonaks, but the Phonaks were better at directionality.
My daughter's hearing loss is the opposite of mine, plus hers was from birth or infancy, and mine happened as I aged. Her loss is low frequencies, which is what I believe they refer to as reverse slope. She has ReSounds and loves them.
If you find a good audiologist you should be able to have confidence in him or her to help you find what is best for you. Most audiologists allow the patient a trial period too. I had two or three different pairs for trial periods one time before I chose which helped me the most.
Good luck with this. I will be interested in hearing which aids you end up with.
JK

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Also my hearing loss is severe you might have mild hearing loss.
Hearing aids might help with mild and moderate but not for severe.
Degree of hearing loss Hearing loss range (dB HL)
Mild 26 to 40
Moderate 41 to 55
Moderately severe 56 to 70
Severe 71 to 90

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The law says vendors must give 30 day trial. If Costco says no, don't but from them. Period.

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@gulzar Your hearing loss is more severe than mine with sharper drop off after 1k and more loss from there through higher frequencies. That being said, I have been very happy with my bilateral Widex Unique Fusion 440s. I rather suspect there is more difference between models of the same manufacturer than between manufacturers. I lucked out with having a great first audiologist. We got on well and I trusted her recommendations. I felt she provided an adequate assessment of my hearing and based recommendations on matching the technology with my hearing loss. Based on my experience, conversations with others and reading the audiologist is the key component in getting hearing aids along with your own experience. Sounds like you are well informed! Hope you find a decent vendor. Glad you have a good audiologist and trust their recommendations. I wish you the best in dealing with your hearing loss.

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I suggest you start by finding a well respected and competent audiologist. My hearing loss has been exclusively high frequency and I have successfully been wearing hearing (now 1 aid and 1 cochlear implant) for over 25 years.

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@gulzar

Also my hearing loss is severe you might have mild hearing loss.
Hearing aids might help with mild and moderate but not for severe.
Degree of hearing loss Hearing loss range (dB HL)
Mild 26 to 40
Moderate 41 to 55
Moderately severe 56 to 70
Severe 71 to 90

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@gulzar Thanks, this is interesting "no hearing aids for high frequency hearing loss but some hearing aids compress the high frequency to lower frequency to be able to hear it", I was not aware of that.
My hearing loss is severe I believe, I just checked the audiogram. The numbers are 80 right and 85 left.
JK

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80-85 That is very high like mine I hoping to hear from someone to see what they did to improve their hearing.

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@gulzar

My hearing loss is so sever in high frequency l don't think hearing aids helps, at Costco they have Resound around $2900 but they don't have trail period to try it. I like to know if someone similar to my hearing loss what helped him/her.

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My Sam's Club audiologist has 90day 100% free trial all money back if do not want aids.

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I am not Club member.

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@gulzar

You might call and see if you are required to be a Member to purchase hearing aids. If you purchase prescriptions at Sams Club or Costco you can do so without being a Member. However, I'm not sure if this applies to hearing-aids but it might be worth it to check it out.

I have found that most places that sell hearing aids will allow you a grace period (generally at least 30 days) to try it out and then return them for a refund if you aren't satisfied. If you ask before you purchase, the vendor will probably tell you how long their trial period is.

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This is upsetting to read. There is a federal and possibly state law requiring a 30 day trial period for hearing aids. If that is something that was rescindined recently, let me know. I very been wearing h a all my life and never had less than a month to decide.

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Does anyone have any literature or other source of information that a spouse can read concerning hearing loss of the other spouse with tips for them to cope with it? My wife just does not understand my hearing loss (deaf in right ear / moderate to sever in the left) – I think she just does not understand what it is as she has perfect hearing.

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