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Re: How 'hard of hearing' do you need to be for implant?
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Posted by Mary
on September 11, 1999 at 13:43:46:
In Reply to: Re: How 'hard of hearing' do you need to be for implant? posted by ladybug on August 31, 1999 at 00:57:39:
: I wonder the same thing... I only have about 10 - 15% hearing in one ear, but can hear fine in the other. Yet its still extremely frustrating to ask ppl to repeat questions or not understand what theyre saying or to be talked to and not know it. I lost my hearing 10 years ago due to a virus that killed the nerve in my ear (so the docs think). I've never worn an aide but am seriously thinking about getting one, as i seem to get more and more frustrated with it every year. But I wonder if it would even make it better? would there be too much distortion between the aide and my okay hearing in the other ear?
: btw, I'm only 26
I have had hearing loss since I was a child due to the measles and the complications of excess fluid in the ears. I have worn hearing aides for a long time and know that if you are fit by a well trained audiologist a hearing aide can really help you. By seeing an audiologist you be assured he will try to match the best type of hearing aid for your particular hearing loss. New hearing aids are so technical these days that they can be fine tuned to do exactly what your ear needs them to do. As for Dena asking about the implants I think that would be alst resort for me as they only allow you to hear sounds and are mostly used on people who are profoundly hard of hearing. I would recheck with your Ent specialist about this and then see the audiologist to check if there isn't a better hearing aide or device on the market to help you. Please note though that I recommend seeing an audiologist not a hearing aid specialist as the audiologist had years of college training in this field and is better qualified to help you. He will also work with your ENT doctor to find the best solution for your hearing problems.
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