if you find yourself saying What? several times a day
or you cant be sure what someone said, and you let it go, then its time to see an audiologist
I lost most ( 60dB) of my hearing in my left ear when I was 30. It was caused by a viral ear injection, nothing can be done to repair it. At the time the ENT Dr told me I could get a hearing aid but it would not help much. Since my right ear was still normal it wasnt too much of an issue, unless someone was sitting to my left and whispering sweet nothings...
Two years ago i realized at 60 my right ear was losing its high frequency response. I have an equalizer with 16 bands for my stereo, and I could adjust it to compensate for the loss in both ears while wearing headphones. It made music sound right again, and balanced in both ears. I wanted to be able to hear like that all the time.. so I got my hearing tested.
Hearing aid technology has improved incredibly in the last 30 years. Not only can I hear normally in my right ear now, my 60 dB loss in my left ear is greatly compensated for.
Now I can tell which direction sounds are coming from. I can hear birds, my keys clinking, water running in the sink.. but most importantly I can hear the high frequency components of speech, like K, T, S chic, P sounds - when you cant hear them many different words sound the same.
The thing that really inspired me to get them is my young grandson has a very high pitch voice, I had difficulty understanding almost everything he said.
Not a problem anymore.
The hearing aids I got were $4k for the set. Blue cross insurance paid half that - guaranteed for 3 years, and no cost for seeing the audiologist if there is an issue.
Should have done this about 10 years sooner.
PS 0ne great benefit - they are adjustable +/- 12 dB
So I cant turn them up all the way and hear things other people cannot hear
and in a noisy place... its like having a MUTE button for the world - not completely off, but very nice and quiet.
the other benefit: A can listen to TV over bluetooth, with the TV speakers off, and I can talk on the phone the same way, the sound is right in my ear - hands free.
Last edited by KCW; 07-18-2019 at 11:37 AM.