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First Hearing Aid
« on: Jan 28 2014, 05:18 PM »
I had the fitting for my first B-T-E Heaing Aid (NHS) a week ago in my MD ear. As advised, I've been building up gradually in how long I use it (started with 3 hrs, then 5hrs, then 6hrs, then 7hrs, etc) per day. Obviously, I've done a bit of reading around this experience and recognise that some of the sounds I hear now (hair moving over the microphone, the background static when there's silence, etc) will all eventually become "second nature". However, I am finding that after about 5hrs or so, I've got a thumping headache and just feel absolutely mentally exhausted/drained. Is this "normal" in terms of the adjustment period? I guess there's no answer to how long it'll take for my brain to stop getting exhausted by all this but I do hope it's sooner rather than later!
Would be good to hear of other's adjustment periods and how long it took to feel "normal" again.
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Re: First Hearing Aid
« Reply #1 on: Jan 28 2014, 10:41 PM »
Hi Ashley

I have had my hearing aid for about 6 months now.  I am finding it really difficult adjusting to hearing sounds in my 85-90dlb deaf md ear. The hearing clinic that I attend has recently adjusted the sound level for me, this is the level they recommend I have it set at. I can turn my hearing aid up or down but I still find it difficult.

I must admit I have not worn it half as much as you have as I find it so tiring and actually really annoying.  I suppose I really shown try and wear it for more than an hour at a time, that is all I have managed at a time so far.

I have not had any headaches wearing it as you have. I was wondering if you were maybe wearing it for too long so early.  The hearing clinic I go to suggested that it could take maybe 6 months or more to get used to.  They suggested that I wore it for an hour at a time and gradually build up to more over the coming months.

Hope this is of some help.

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Re: First Hearing Aid
« Reply #2 on: Jan 29 2014, 09:39 AM »
Hi Jojo
Thank you for your reply. It's helpful to hear the advice you were given in terms of how long to wear the HA to gradually build up. It may be that because my loss isn't as severe as yours (only ~45db) that the advice is a little different i.e. it isn't such a shock to my system as it would be to yours, I guess.

I did initially find the ear mould made my ear sore but after a break and letting the soreness reduce, I've found that my ear does adapt the longer I wear it.

To be honest, I'm not sure if the headaches are caused by the HA or something else. I guess time will tell.

Overall, it is a "different" experience. The aid obviously amplifies the desired frequencies but it also amplifies my hearing distortion (and a lot of other sounds that I don't necessarily want to hear!). Anyway….it'll be interesting to see if the benefits ultimately outweigh the costs.

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Ashley

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Re: First Hearing Aid
« Reply #3 on: Jan 29 2014, 08:44 PM »
Hi Ashley

I agree the hearing aid does amplify the distortion too!!  I think that is why I find mine difficult to wear.  If somebody pulls out a chair and scrapes it across the floor when I have my hearing aid in I find the sound awful.

My hearing specialist has said that it will take time because for the last nearly 2 years or so I have not heard a thing in my deaf ear.  She said that it can take time for your brain to adjust to the new sounds it is hearing with the hearing aid in.

As you say it will be interesting to see if the benefits will outweigh the costs.  I guess only time will tell!!

Thanks for your reply and please let me know how you get on!!

Hope all is ok with the headaches.

Take care Jojox

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Re: First Hearing Aid
« Reply #4 on: Jan 30 2014, 04:24 PM »
Hi Jojo
I can definitely imagine that after 2 years living with a severe hearing loss, the hearing aid would take quite some getting used to  :o!! I'm finding the sounds difficult and that was only after 6 months with a minor-moderate loss. I am getting used to using it around the house and in easy listening situations (i.e. no major background noise). However, stick me in a shopping centre or open plan office and it's really disorientating and unpleasant. The amplified distortion is awful.

I don't think I'd quite appreciated that sensorineural hearing loss causes hearing distortion and there's no getting away from it. So, although I may have the capacity to hear most of the speech frequencies, the clarity is atrocious - it's just a mass of noise. I will persevere and see whether hearing speech is generally better with the aid or without and then decide what to do.

After 8 days of building up the number of hours I wear the aid, it has become more comfortable (i.e. the mould no longer feels like a foreign body stuffed in my ear!), and I am getting used to the sound of my voice and when my hair brushes over the microphone.

Good luck with your acclimatisation ;)
Ashley


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Re: First Hearing Aid
« Reply #5 on: Feb 04 2014, 04:22 PM »
I have worn hearing aids since a child as I had hearing loss in both ears before MD. It does take some time for the brain to adjust to the different type of sound a hearing aid produces. about 3 -6 months.

I too have distorted sound and can no longer wear a hearing aid in my right ear as the distortion is too much.

It is important to get your aids adjusted if you feel the sound is not quite right. with MD you sometimes have to have a unusual setting to get it right. they would normally set your hearing aid to your audiogram, but with MD you may need certain frequencies altered. Also the type of ear mould can make a big difference to both sound and comfort. I have an old ear mould that is about 15 years old!!! but when I had a new one the sound was all fuzzy?? don't know why.

Stick with it, but do make notes and go back and have it adjusted until it feels right.

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Re: First Hearing Aid
« Reply #6 on: Feb 06 2014, 09:49 AM »
Hi Harry
Thank you for your very helpful reply. Apologies for the delay in responding. I can certainly see how programming the HA to your audiogram might require further tinkering due to the distortion. I have been wearing the aid full time now for a week and there is definitely one bit of the mould which consistently causes soreness (it's too tight and digs into the bit of my ear), so, that will need sorting out. Otherwise, as you say, I think it's a case of adjusting and I can see how it'll take months because there are some hearing environments that I only encounter every few weeks. At the moment, those are still challenging due to the hearing distortion.
Thanks again
Ashley