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Offline Mogwai

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Profound deafness and hearing aids - any good?
« on: Jul 16 2018, 05:32 PM »
Iím profoundly deaf in one ear following an atypical rapid progression of Menieres. Itís been over 10 years since I first had problems with vertigo. Luckily, it burnt out in the space of a few years. So while Iím left with tinnitus and no hearing on that ear, I have minimal problems with vertigo.

Iíve been told by a friend that hearing aids can help work tinnitus sometimes and Iím going to ask to be referred to an audiologist. Does anyone have any experience of a hearing aid helping with tinnitus when proudoundly deaf? I really struggle when thereís background noise and avoid a lot of social situations as a result. Would love that to be different!

Any advice appreciate! X

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Re: Profound deafness and hearing aids - any good?
« Reply #1 on: Jul 16 2018, 06:52 PM »
I have severe hearing loss in both ears which came on long before any hint that I may have MD (still no diagnosis, but that's another story). I also have tinnitus - mainly a constant hiss.

I'm assuming from what you say, that you still have one ear that is functioning reasonably well. Is that the side that also has the tinnitus?

My experience with hearing aids is that they certainly help in general, but they do not restore 'perfect' hearing. It takes time to get used to how loud everything seems and to learn to sift out the bits you really want from the over all noise of modern life. It's a good idea to get professional advice - do you go NHS or private, do you have age-related hearing loss or is it sensorineural hearing loss -as different hearing aids are suited to different problems. You may still find difficulty with background noise, such as restaurants, when you can hear the person across the room but not your companions. I just tell people I have a hearing problem and that they may have to repeat things, or may get odd replies because I have deciphered what was said wrongly. If you don't say anything, they won't make the effort either.

As to the tinnitus, I have learnt to ignore it most of the time. It's there, it won't go away, but it's not going to rule me. A lot depens on just how bad it is for you. Hearing aids may help, and there are devices which can play 'white noise' to mask the tinnitus if it stops you from sleeping.

Have a good look round at what is available, and take time to find what works for you.

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Re: Profound deafness and hearing aids - any good?
« Reply #2 on: Jul 17 2018, 08:46 AM »
Iím profoundly deaf in one ear following an atypical rapid progression of Menieres. Itís been over 10 years since I first had problems with vertigo. Luckily, it burnt out in the space of a few years. So while Iím left with tinnitus and no hearing on that ear, I have minimal problems with vertigo.

Iíve been told by a friend that hearing aids can help work tinnitus sometimes and Iím going to ask to be referred to an audiologist. Does anyone have any experience of a hearing aid helping with tinnitus when proudoundly deaf? I really struggle when thereís background noise and avoid a lot of social situations as a result. Would love that to be different!

Any advice appreciate! X

I have similar problems as you have. I am quite deaf in my right ear and that is where my MD and tinnitus manifested itself. I haven't had a serious spin for over two years now but the tinnitus and deafness are both with me (probably for the rest of my days) However, two or three months ago I went to see the hearing people at our local hospital ( Leicester RI) on the advice of my specialist. I was fitted up with a hearing aid that transmits a white noise continually in the background, you can turn the noise off if required and still use it as a normal hearing aid. I have found this to be a great help with regards to my tinnitus during the hours when I am not asleep, I would thoroughly recommend giving this type of aid a go it has helped me a great deal.
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