Hi Daisy, saw your questions on my hearing loss in my other thread. Figured I would come here to explain more.
I have had conductive hearing loss since early childhood. It was not bad enough to require treatment when I was younger. I was able to get by fine without treatment or hearing aids. But, combine it with aging and increased hearing loss, I started having severe difficulties in my early 40's.
I had Stapedotomy surgery on one ear in December of 2009. It was not successful. My hearing did not get better, but thankfully it did not get worse. Doctor told me it could take up to a year for swelling to subside and get the full benefits of the surgery. So I waited the full year. I took multiple courses of steroids to help with the swelling. Nothing helped.
Ater waiting the full year I made the decision to not have the other ear done or have the first ear operated on again. So I decided to get hearing aids. Got my first HA's in February of 2011.
To combat the low frequency loss of the Otosclerosis, I have Power Receivers and Double Walled Domes to combat the leaking of the low energy sound waves coming from the receivers. This also helps greatly with the whistling and feedback I had when I first started wearing them.
It has been almost 5 years now since I started wearing them. I have definitely had better hearing over the last 5 years. But recently I have noticed a few issues. Starting to have troubles with male voices again. I had a new hearing test done recently. The results showed that my hearing is almost un-changed over the last few years. So the assumption is that the problem is with the hearing aids.
This made me want to get new aids. So I recently started this process. Almost bought the new Beltone Legends last week, but stopped the order at the last minute.
Today I had an appointment with a new Audiologist. He is going to demo me a set of Starkey Halo's. If I do not like those, I will try the ReSound LINX2's next.