High frequency hearing test: What hearing aids are best?

Posted by gulzar @gulzar, Mar 3, 2019

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.

@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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Doesn't your State law require that you get a trial period? Every State that I have lived in does…In Washington there is a trial period of at least 30 days. Costco would have to abide by your State law.

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@rosemarya

My husband has hearing loss, and he wears hearing aids. He has worn them for 8 years. He still has to remind me when he cannot hear me. I can always tell when he needs to get them adjusted because he turns up the TV and stereo to a level that is uncomfortable to me.

I 'know' that he cannot hear me if I am behind him, or if there is background noise, but I forget, and he has to keep reminding me. It is a team effort of patience and learning to adjust and accept the hearing loss.
The thing that annoys me is when he responds to something that I said with a 'yes' or 'okay', only to find out later that he had no idea of what I had said. I used to accuse him of not listening – until he was diagnosed with the hearing loss. When he purchased the hearing aids, it was the cost that really grabbed our attention. No more denial!

@golden418, it is possible that your wife does not understand what it is like to have a hearing loss. My husband has explained that he doesn't hear when..; or it sounds like…; or I can't understand … I am still learning that it has to be an ongoing adjustment for both of us. The other thing is that when hearing loss comes on gradually, it can be harder for family and friends to ignore.

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If he gets Telecoil (a free setting activated in his hearing aids) he can use it to watch TV. Telecoil should be free — ask your hearing provider. It is easy to buy a neck loop on Amazon & long audio cord–that plugs into any "headphone jack". The neckloop I bought for $60 was the Clear Sounds CLA7-V2 Amplified Power Neckloop on amazon.

My hearing aid provider provided (at a cost!) a clip-on mike which my mother would use–for me to hear her. She wore it all the time and It was just wonderful!

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@judymartin

@golden418 I belong to the Hearing Loss Association of America, and if you would go to their website, hearing loss.org, you will find many resources for your spouse to read.

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HLAA website is hearingloss.org

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@golden418

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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In encourage you to connect with The Hearing Loss Assn. of America (HLAA) hearingloss.org You will find solutions the pros never discuss with you because they come from trial and error with other people who have hearing loss. Seriously. A lot of HLAA discussions relate to relationships. In spite of the high incidence of hearing loss, there are still way too many myths about it, along with super high doses of stigma! In other words, we aren't understood, and by not openly discussing it we allow that stigma thing to grow. Most people with typical hearing think that hearing aids 'correct' hearing loss. They don't. Many think we can hear when we want to. Not true, but it often appears that way. People with typical hearing do not know how hard those of us with hearing loss work to hear, and that it's exhausting. When we are fatigued, it's hard to concentrate the way we need to, so we are inclined to drop out of conversations. We miss things that our hearing partners think we heard all the time! It helps so much to meet other people with hearing loss as it gets us out of our personal hearing loss closets….and lets us talk about it with people to 'get it'. So many of our personal issues can be resolved by being understood….but we have to understand ourselves first. You are not alone with hearing loss, but it often feels that way.

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@julieo4

In encourage you to connect with The Hearing Loss Assn. of America (HLAA) hearingloss.org You will find solutions the pros never discuss with you because they come from trial and error with other people who have hearing loss. Seriously. A lot of HLAA discussions relate to relationships. In spite of the high incidence of hearing loss, there are still way too many myths about it, along with super high doses of stigma! In other words, we aren't understood, and by not openly discussing it we allow that stigma thing to grow. Most people with typical hearing think that hearing aids 'correct' hearing loss. They don't. Many think we can hear when we want to. Not true, but it often appears that way. People with typical hearing do not know how hard those of us with hearing loss work to hear, and that it's exhausting. When we are fatigued, it's hard to concentrate the way we need to, so we are inclined to drop out of conversations. We miss things that our hearing partners think we heard all the time! It helps so much to meet other people with hearing loss as it gets us out of our personal hearing loss closets….and lets us talk about it with people to 'get it'. So many of our personal issues can be resolved by being understood….but we have to understand ourselves first. You are not alone with hearing loss, but it often feels that way.

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@julieo4 Thank you for your post, you expressed this so well. People without hearing loss simply do not understand. I do drop out sometimes, it's senseless to try to understand what people are saying when a number of people are in a room talking. It can be quite depressing at times.
My hearing aids are Oticon and I have their "Connect Clip" and it does help when trying to hear one person.
JK

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I agree with you 100% as it took me close to 10 years to feel comfortable with my loss and to ask others to accommodate my requests to go to quieter restaurants or let me sit by wall or in middle of table so I can hear both sides.

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@golden418

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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I started a discussion of this the other day. It has tips that I think you will find helpful. Good luck!
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/tips-for-speaking-with-someone-with-hearing-loss/

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@gulzar

I asked at Costco in California he said he will gives me 30 minutes to walk around to try it inside the Costco. Anyway I don't believe any hearing aids will help for severe high frequency loss like mine.

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@guizar, California law mandates a 30-day trial period. Costco is usually pretty good with hearing aids, and many stores have audiologists or licensed hearing aid dispensers on staff. Is it possible you misunderstood what he said?

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@golden418

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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@golden418. If you have a chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America in your area, both you and your wife would find others with similar experiences and probably also some solutions. Check the website, hearingloss.org/chapters, to find a chapter. Also, my 2013 book "Shouting Won't Help: Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can't Hear You," available on Amazon and elsewhere, described in detail the difficulties I and my friends and family had in understanding the impact of my progressive severe hearing loss. In the book I share not only my own experience but those of others who have also wrestled with adjustment to hearing loss. A forum like this one (Mayo Connect) can also help, though a face to face gathering at an HLAA or ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults) meeting can be transforming.

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He told me I can use it inside the store for 30 minutes and that is it period. I did some search that for my type hearing loss there is only some hearing aids that compress the high frequency sounds to lower frequency to hear the words but it will not sounds same and have to have therapy to train me to recognize the sound of high frequency letter such as S, F for a few weeks and some hearing aids dispensers said they can help with %50 improvement which I don't believe them. I was hoping to hear from someone has same type hearing loss to see what they are done for hearing improvement.

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Assuming that this device is defined as a "hearing aid" there should be a State Law giving you a Trial Period. Most states have a mandatory trial period for a hearing aid purchase. You need to check to see if your state has one…

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@gulzar

He told me I can use it inside the store for 30 minutes and that is it period. I did some search that for my type hearing loss there is only some hearing aids that compress the high frequency sounds to lower frequency to hear the words but it will not sounds same and have to have therapy to train me to recognize the sound of high frequency letter such as S, F for a few weeks and some hearing aids dispensers said they can help with %50 improvement which I don't believe them. I was hoping to hear from someone has same type hearing loss to see what they are done for hearing improvement.

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I'm not sure of the rest of this story, but find it alarming that someone is being told they are not allowed to have a trial period when purchasing a hearing device. Are you referring to something called a Personal Sound Amplifying Product (PSAP)? PSAPs have been available by mail order and in some shops for a long time. They are NOT hearing aids per se, and all they do is amplify sound. You are talking about sound compression which seems to indicate you're trying real hearing aids….or something that is being falsely advertised as a hearing aid. It simply isn't possible for the brain to adjust to a 30 minute in-store experiment. Go to a reputable audiologist who has AuD behind their name. That stands for a doctorate degree in the field of audiology. Most of us with noise induced hearing loss, which is the most common type of sensorineural HL, have high frequency loss. What you describe having is not unusual. Further, most high quality hearing instruments from several respectable manufacturers, have the capabilities you will need. Not sure how to tell you this other than to say that it sure sounds like you're being fed a lot of baloney (for lack of a better word). At the very least, find some people who use hearing aids and talk to them. Find out who their providers are. Don't be taken advantage of. Find an HLAA chapter in your state and connect with the PEOPLE there. Good Luck!

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