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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Pur2103 | 2005/01/05

Q.

Hearing problems - what can be done

Hi There,

I am 37 years old, my hearing has deteriorated over the years, which was not very good to begin with. The reason could be loud music that I like to listen to over the headphone in my twenties. I have difficulties following conversations in noisy environments or if several people participating in it. I had a hearing test with an audiologist in July last year who found that my hearing is bad in the high frequencies (over 4000 Hz I think) but otherwise normal for my age. She also said that my hearing problems are also due to a hearing processing problem between my ear and my brain. A hearing aid will not help me as it does not work on the higher frequencies where I am experiencing problems. She scheduled me for an annual check-up. The question is: Is it really true that a hearing aid won’t help me? What about the processing problem?

Thanks

Pur2103

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hallo

There is a lot that i want to write to you but let me start by saying, it is a very good decision that you made to have had your hearing tested, especially if you start experiencing problems at such a young age. The recommendation of your Audiologist to have your hearing tested annually is a sensible one and i would definitely advise you to do so.

As i have mentioned on this forum in the past, there are risks in listening to loud music through headphones, especially if you are doing it continously and over an extended period of time. One would have to see all your results to determine whether it was this that affected your hearing.

the first thing about hearing aids that i want to tell you is that they can definitely amplify at and above 4000Hz. they can do this very effectively and recent technology offers a lot of features in hearing aids that assist in making the hearing experience comfortable, accurate and suitable for the patient.

A hearing loss that only starts at 4000Hz are more complicated than a lot of other losses. I have fitted patients with this type of hearing loss. The results differ from person to person. Some people find hearing aids only for high frequency amplification and speech discrimination, very effective and beneficial to their everday functioning. Others find less benefit in it and sometimes have problems adjusting to the use of a hearing aid.

The best advice i can give you, is that if you have a problem that affects you enough to interfere with your everday functioning, it is always worth looking into possible solutions. Try a hearing aid and see for yourself. Remember that you are working with a complicated loss and the better and more advanced the technology is that you are willing to go for the more flexibility there will be to adjust the aid to your individual preferences.

Please feel free to post another question or write to me at izabelle@widex.co.za if you require any more specific information. As i said at the beginning of this reply, there is a lot that can be said about your type of loss and the different levels of technology that are available.

Regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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