Hearing Aids

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by Louise, Oct 23, 2012.

    1. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Thought about having a neck massage Karl but if it could cure it.. then it could also make it worse... too scared!

      Fancy bolds and italics were much appreciated :)
       
    2. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Just seen this post.

      During my efforts to help my T

      I paid privately, went to see an Ear (not ent) specialist,he is the head of cochlear implant at St georges hospital London. He tested said I have high frequency hearing loss ,he suggested that If I got hearingaids I would be "pleasantly surprised how your ears will feel"
      Hetoldme when i put them in my T would diminish as would the full pressure feeling,I left not believing him.

      He got me on the NHS list.


      I got NHS digital hearing aids and I put them in and WOW!!!! the tinnitus disappears by a good 80% as does the fullness and pressure.Take them out and the T comes back it is not a cure but as a life saver brilliant.
      Things to note ,apparently hearing aids do not make your hearing diminish.

      Secondly the audiologist im dealing with at the Acoustic Cr Neuromodulation center said ,NHS digitals are as good as expensive private ,its all down to the skill of the audiologist setting them up ,he said there is nothing he could do with private aids that he couldnt do with NHS digitals.
      Wish you well ,Pete
       
      • Like Like x 2
    3. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Pete

      Thanks for posting this - very interesting!

      Do you wear them every day now?
      I keep thinking that T may seem louder when you take them out? Does it do this for you?
      Is your T louder at night when you've worn the hearing aids all day? I'm assuming you don't wear them for sleep but I don't know.

      Would really like to know more.

      Jane
       
    4. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Hi Jane...ok ,my T does not seem louder when I take them out.

      I did wear them all day as it was such a relief..but at the moment I have the Acoustic CR neuromodulation for 6 hrs a day in my ears so that knocks out the T while its hopefully working its magic.I am also trying Universal sound therapy so my ears are allways full at the mo:ROFL:

      As for wearing them at night I was (your not supposed to ,it was the only way I could some peace.)

      However re sound enrichment ,everything I have tried re sleep just grated on me ,music ,or white ,or pink noise.So hearing aids were good ,but felt sore in the morning .Thing is the audiologist at the Acoustic cr neuromod place said as I had high freq loss PURPLE noise would be worth a go at night and he gave me a CD ...he was right!!! Its very comfortable to hear and blends and knocks out my T nicely.

      Jane for me they made a MASSIVE difference.For the first time I felt I was in control of my T.

      If you have High Freq loss ,you have to move forward and get them,really.

      All the best jane,Pete
       
      • Good Question Good Question x 1
    5. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Thanks Pete - this really is something to think seriously about.

      I have the purple noise cd (only recently) and yes - it's excellent.

      Thanks again, Jane
       
    6. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Pete -
      Very cool! I'm very happy that hearing aids are helping you.

      I'm in the US, and I'm not sure if my insurance will cover the cost of hearing aides. I know my mother's hearing aides were very expensive.

      click-
      Ever try accupuncture...? I tried it, had 4 sessions. Seemed to help a little. But some people swear by it. Actually, I think that someone with neck related tinnitus may benefit from accupuncture.
       
    7. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Just terrified of doing anything really Karl. Have a cupboard full of unopened supplements that I'm too scared to take. Wouldn't let anyone near me for massage / acupuncture / manipulation/ chiro etc.

      Don't want to give out an image of some terrified being here though - I'm far from that! The anxiety was there at the start but not now. It's just being cautious. If there was a known cure I'd go for it but with all this uncertainty about T it's trial and error & I don't want to experience the error :)

      It's mainly because mine changes so much and also goes away completely. I'm still trying to think positively and believe that it will go away permanently. I don't want to do anything that will stop it happening.

      It's dreadful on the bad days and it's wonderful on the 'no T' days. If it goes on for much longer I'll start TRT first I think and then consider other options but I can't see myself ever being brave anough to let someone manipulate anything in the hope that it may fix it.

      Although it does move to my neck, mine actually started in the top of my head - violent electrical noise darting back and forth.

      It must be hard to have to consider what your insurance covers when trying things for T... although I suppose the NHS here doesn't cover everything.

      What does being a 'lifetime benefactor' on here mean?
       
    8. mike

      mike Member

      Location:
      Franklin ohio
      Tinnitus Since:
      1 1/2 months
      I have the Zen Widex Hearing Aids with Zen Tones to help with Tinnitus. White noise and soft smoothing Bells and charms noises. I can use them amplified or notamplified. I have five different noises with a remote control. The white noise seemed to help me cope with the tinnitus better but it bothers me sometimes too. I don’t need to wear them because I can hear fine. I have high frequency hearing loss. The hearing aids did not help my tinnitus But they did not hurt it either. Cost $5900.00 dollars. Insurance paid the first $3000. Had 30 days to return them.

      I wear them off and on. Sometimes at night when the tinnitus is real loud I will wear them to help sleep with the Soft bell noises. Like I said they did not get rid of the tinnitus. But I did not return them because I felt they helped take the edge off I little. Anything that anybody needs to know just ask me and I will tell you my experiences with them. Everybody is different when it comes to hearing aids or anything else. What may help one person may totally be different for another person.
       
    9. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      click -
      Markku is ver funny, giving me the "Lifetime Benefactor" title! I made a contribution of $31 dollars (I seem to recall).

      This website requires money. Please support it if you like it!
       
    10. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Thanks for explaining Karl - is this for hosting of the site?

      ps. 'Lifetime Benefactor' does sound very important :ROFL:
       
    11. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Yes, the cost is to cover web hosting expenses. There is a "Donate" button.
       
    12. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Thanks Karl - I look important too now :)
       
      • Like Like x 2
      • Funny Funny x 1
    13. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Karl, thanks for all the effort you put into your posts. They are always very informative.

      The way your expert friend (impressive:)) views it explains the radio tuning in type sound I have then :(
       
    14. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Hi Petloy,

      My loss is around 6khz and is 30db in the left ear (where the T is a problem) and about 15 in the right (where I have it slightly).

      I hate fire alarms, they are ridiculously loud.
       
    15. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      @Karl & click, you just made me giggle out loud :D I have no idea if the "Lifetime Benefactor" sounds ridiculous or not :D It sounds okay to my ear but that's one of the perks of not being native speaker :p

      And speaking of hearing aids: I think it makes sense they help lessen the perception of tinnitus, if you have hearing loss...


      Have a good Wednesday folks!
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
    16. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      This is really interesting stuff Karl. My replies in red!


      I feel unstable now too :(
       
    17. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Brilliant Pete, thankyou.

      The 'Hearing Specialist' I've seen says he uses aids with people as a way of getting rid of the T (or probably getting habituation I think). He said you have to wean on them and wean off (I had asked if it was a lifetime thing if you start with them or is it shorter term to help with the elimination of T).
      He did also say that people love how they can hear with them and he can find it tricky to get them off them!!!
       
    18. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I also find the Purple noise far better than White. I wish they would make purple noise generators like they do white noise ones. I have the purple noise on loop on my MP3 player but there's an awful little silence when it loops. Also I play it through speakers so its not portable.

      I am more and more thinking the hearings aids are a good idea for me. And if I can get them on the NHS its not a big cash risk. I would get them set up by the Hearing Specialist I've started seeing.

      Thanks Pete and all the best.
       
    19. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Thanks Mike. Such a shame they didnt reduce the tinnitus.

      You mentioned you slept with the aids in? Is this uncomfortable?

      I wonder if you waen on and wean off the hearing aids slowly whether that affects whether it gets rid of the T or not? Did you wean on and off?
       
    20. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Louise -
      You're on your way to getting this under control. If you can work through an understanding of this phenomena, you will be closer to managing it.

      When we trade stories, we need to be careful not to "mix apples and oranges". People get tinnitus for different reasons, although I think there are just a few different causes. Some people will benefit from hearing aides while others will not.

      The majority of people get tinnitus from age related hearing loss. I fall into that group. My tinnitus is quiet in the morning. It gets louder when I watch TV. It is a consistent tone - almost a white crackely noise now. I have no trouble sleeping, perhaps because I take Remeron. I could probably benefit from a hearing aid.

      For some other people, their tinnitus is not due to hearing loss. They may have wildly fluctuating tinnitus: Very loud some days, gone other days. For some strange reason, they are getting tinnitus due to neck problems or TMJ or..."somatic tinnitus" they call it. They won't benefit from hearing aides.

      I don't think there is a blanket treatment that works effectively for everybody. So, don't be dissuaded if stories seem to contradict each other. Keep on track with your gut feelings.
       
    21. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Me too - i've just uploaded an avatar that looks just how I feel!
       
    22. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      I also prefer the purple noise to the white & pink ones but if I have any of them playing all night I wake in the morning with a headache. Sometimes a major one.

      Never really had headaches before I had T (I have far more sympathy now for friends who get them regularly!).

      Thought at first it was the T giving me the headache but I tried water sounds all night one night instead when the T was raging and no headache in the morning. But the water sounds don't mask it well at night when the T is loud.

      Round & round in circles I go...
       
      • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
    23. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Louise, I'm waiting for you to agree that I now look important :p
       
    24. Andy

      Andy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Sept 2012
      this is all very interesting if we all pull together hear we may get someplace here even if it is through try\err
       
    25. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Well, I wanted to Click but you look so important now I didnt dare reply :) Plus I am jealous :) :)
       
    26. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Click -
      Just curious: How much did the "Lifetime Benefactor" title cost you in English currency?

      I wonder how it cost for Markku to knight us?:p
       
    27. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012 worsened Jan 2017 & Dec 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I totally agree Karl.

      I've been trying to get a proper understanding but there are so many theories and so much information out there. I'm sure someone who works in this field could put it all together and understand why one theory doesn't contradict the other and get to the nitty gritty of what my actual mechanism is. I am going to find that person, if it's not the Hearing Specialist I have just started seeing.

      As an aside, in the pack that I got from the Hearing Specialist there are some exercises (relaxation stuff etc) but there's a good sort of mantra to say to calm yourself, it goes:
      1. Its my inner ear noises.
      2. They are perfectly safe.
      3. Perfectly natural.
      4. They've always been there.
      5. My brain is capable of filtering them out.

      Point 4 refers to the theory that these natural noises have always been there but normally there are filters in place to stop you hearing them. These filters are dropped when there is hearing loss to enable us to hear better but it causes these natural noises to be heard as well.
       
      • Like Like x 1
    28. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Just under £13 Karl - not exactly going to break the bank!

      Now that's a good idea - there could be knighthoods & other titles - we could choose which one we want and have to pay different prices for each.

      We could even suggest a few... :rolleyes:
       
    29. click
      Blah

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      It sounds fine Markku - not ridiculous at all. Glad we made you laugh!
       
    30. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Hmm...let me think:
      The Earl of Ears?
      The Sheriff of Synapses?
      The Lord of Loudness?
      The Knight of Noise?
      Our Lady of Perpetual Noise?
      The Arch Duke of Deafness?
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Funny Funny x 1

Share This Page

Loading...