The BEST Hearing Aids for Complicated Cases
The following case history is NOT hypothetical. This man has had 39 surgeries and does NOT want anymore, especially on his HEAD. He is needing TWO hearing aids, ONE for his LEFT, non-hearing ear, and ONE for his RIGHT, partial-hearing ear. His first hearing aid was a Siemens and his last was a Starkey.
1. Born with hard cleft palate, and no top lip. Completely deaf. Reconstructed lip, cleft partially, and hearing in left ear.
2. Recurrent cholesteotoma growths and removals destroyed bones and hearing in left ear, reconstructed hearing in right ear.
3. Surgeries and rehab on joints and soft tissue grow throughout life.
4. Cholesteotomas continue to grow, and be removed, causing progressive and severe ear infections, including in right, hearing ear.
5. Left ear is cleaned of large cholesteotoma and brain wall is punctured. Emergency surgery is performed to seal brain barrier, cauterized, and ear drum created to seal ear canal.
6. At 45 years old, right ear declines in hearing capability to 50% and surgery is performed to clean cholesteatoma from ear canal, remove remaining structures, rebuild structures with prosthetics, and false eardrum to create another hearing ear. Fitted with a Siemens Hearing Aid.
7. More surgeries are required to soft tissues and joints bringing total surgery count to 39.
8. Replaced Siemens hearing aid (lost) with a Starkey hearing aid. (Fell apart structurally soon afterwards.)
9. Hearing in right ear is progressively growing worse either due to deterioration of structures, or environment. No ear specialist in the area to see.
10. Side effects of last ear surgeries: numbness of mouth and tongue when external portions of either ear lobes are touched due to nerve damage on ears. Cinnamon causes tongue to lose taste and feeling due to unknown cause.
Internal structure of the right ear canal is cavernous with dips and wells, not flat or straight. A soft, rubbery hearing aid is NOT recommended. A small earphone type hearing aid is NOT recommended due to cavities in ear canals and possibility of lodging and inability to remove.
Tones and pitches unable to hear: At this time, the patient cannot hear low pitches in the vocal range, low voice tones, and rough sounds like the wind, high pitches like bells, and alarms.
Financially, he is 100% disabled on SSDI, as is his wife which makes buying two hearing aids out of the question. He is on Medicare but not Medicaid at this time.