Getting my first set of hearing aids after about 20-25 years. I am 35 years old. Born Deaf, have a very large Deaf family tree, attended TSD and MSSD as well as some mainstreaming, etc. I'm certainly nervous about getting these hearing aids. A little background...
I went to DARS for interpreting assistance in regards to my employment. They wanted me to get tested for hearing aids and sent me to an ENT. I didn't really want hearing aids but they wanted to see. Soooo I begrudingly went. I had my first audiogram of my adult life. I will cut and paste what was sent to me via email.
My audiologist HIGHLY recommended bilateral Widex SP-440. I went home rolling my eyes. Why would I want to wear machines on my head? I'm perfectly fine the way I am. I read threads on here and scoured the internet looking for information. I got super excited by how this hearing aid has really advanced from when I wore them 20 years ago. My audiologist strongly recommended them.Originally Posted by local audiologist
DARS denied me for hearing aids on the basis that I am too Deaf and hearing aids would provide me with ZERO benefit. I wasn't too disappointed initially. I don't want aids anyway. I did find myself coming to this forum these past couple of weeks. Then... something happened to me... My wife uses the Phonak Vaida V (is that right?) daily. She's always worn hearing aids and I never did. That's just how it went. I got curious and put hers on and heard many many different sounds although some are minimal. I'll tell you what I heard the loudest... my two year old hearing son's voice. I immediately appealed the decision to deny me hearing aids. I quickly won that appeal so... DARS has approved me for the hearing aids.
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It's my understanding that I'm getting a powerful and finicky hearing aid. Any advice on how to deal with the transition from hearing nothing for so long -to- disrupting my life by bringing heaps of sound into it? My wife has horrible tinnitus and she blames the hearing aids. I have NO tinnitus of any kind. Never have. I would hate to develop tinnitus for wearing these hearing aids. My wife is a sufferer so I fear tinnitus.
20 years ago, my upper earlobes (where a BTE goes) would get achy and sore after wearing the aids all day. Does this still happen? As light as they were back then... are they any lighter now? I also have the feeling that my audiologist is new to the Widex as she keeps telling me that this technology is NEW for the profound. Any advice there?