Hearing Aids

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

    1. Rings-a-Bell

      Rings-a-Bell Member

      Location:
      Barbados
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Trauma
      Out of curiosity, what were your hearing charts like? Can you share or describe them? I'm curious to see how closely your hearing loss matches mine.
       
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    2. Wojtek Kalka
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      Location:
      Bangkok
      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very loud concert.
      Again the question here curious since I find some research papers about LOFT hearing aids but very little other information about it, are these available at all on the market?
       
    3. Wojtek Kalka
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      Wojtek Kalka Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Bangkok
      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very loud concert.
      Another thing is, is there a way to get hearing aids even expensive ones and program them yourself?
       
    4. william adams
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      william adams Member Benefactor

      Location:
      S Jersey
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      I have high frequency hearing loss from years of hunting, Harleys and running loud printing equipment. I can hear my High pitched T over everything but the shower. Went and had an audiogram done from ENT and was told I dont need hearing aids yet but noticed I could not hear crickets at night from my right ear. Funny but my T seems to be coming from my better ear on left. Went on ebay and bought hearing aids for 375.00 used but with new ear tubes and if I send my audiogram they will program them for free. I wear them at night when watching TV and it has reduced my T from an 8 to a 2 and hardly notice it. Also my T is much lower when I wake up and doesnt seem to bother me in the day..Best thing I ever did for nothing else I have tried made any difference in reducing volume. Did xanax, valium, Ginko, niacin, magnesium, curamin, zinc, Lipoflavinoids and the list goes on and on. So hearing aid does work for me. I will post at a later date if my T goes completely away. So happy I did this and getting relief...I do not wear them in the day just like 4 to 5 hours in the evening for the last week...
       
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    5. carlover
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      I sleep in mine if I didnt I just couldnt deal with it it just gets louder and louder and the ppressure build up gets intolerable ,masking machines or no masking machines
       
    6. GregCA
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      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Would you mind posting your audiogram?
       
    7. James
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      James Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
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      Pulsing 03/2013
      Thanks @william adams

      That is an informative post for me. I spent time hunting too. Loud something or other in my life. Those hearing aids may be in my future. I'm glad it seems to help you. T going for a 8 to 2 sounds great.
       
    8. Rings-a-Bell

      Rings-a-Bell Member

      Location:
      Barbados
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Trauma
      High frequency is 4000hz? 8000hz? Higher? I have a 35-40db notch at 4000hz and that is where my primary tone is.
       
    9. ACG
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      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      Thanks for posting! I did a trial with a hearing aid, but I don't think I gave it a fair shot and am going to start over with an audiologist who has a wide range of products to choose from. Thanks for giving the exact name of the one you like. Also, does this mean I will need two even though the hearing loss is in one ear? Sounds like most people have two aids.

      Incidentally, my tinnitus is mostly a static or (loud!) sizzle sound these days with some overlying tones that come and go. Will a hearing aid help sizzling type tinnitus? As far as I know, the only hearing loss I have is conductive due to missing ear bones.
       
    10. GregCA
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      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      What bone(s) are you missing? There's only the malleus, the incus and the stapes.
      Have you thought about doing reconstructive surgery? I think we can rebuild the ossicular chain surgically nowadays.
       
    11. ACG
      Studious

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      2016
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      Not Sure
      That's definitely an option and I've been weighing the pros and cons of reconstruction vs. hearing aid. If there was a guarantee that reconstruction (I'm missing the incus and malleus) would get rid of the tinnitus I'd go for it, but there's not. Hearing aids seem less risky and have tinnitus settings and technology that might help the tinnitus, so the plan is to try that first. I'm not sure it's the right decision.
       
    12. GregCA
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      Understood. Yes you are right that there aren't any guarantees with the surgery and it's obviously in a different class in terms of invasiveness.
      It seems like a reasonable approach to try hearing aids first. I think that's what I would do too.
       
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    13. Jake007

      Jake007 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Nebraska
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss for long time, chainsaw, infections
      That's probably what both us should've done first.
       
    14. Wojtek Kalka
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      Wojtek Kalka Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Bangkok
      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very loud concert.
      A nice summery

      https://www.wareable.com/samsung/best-hearables

      I just ordered the hear one

      Anyone has experienced with one of these?

      Imho nearly all hearing aids should be trashed, expensive overaged. Actually I consider most hearing aids companies evil selling medical approved crap that you can't reprogram yourself.
       
    15. Mentos

      Mentos Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cracow, Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, loud rock concert
      What do you plan to listen to through them, white/pink noise or some other masking sounds like nature sounds?
       
    16. Reinier
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      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explosion starting engine
      Did anyone bought programmable hearing aids and program them?
      I see you can buy these programmable hearing aids, but have not yet seen any hearing aids that could produce good quality sound.
      I have these ANM in ear earphones. They are expensive, but produce very narrow band (mid and high frequencies only) sound.
      I would not mind that the earphone is visible.
       
    17. Ambassador
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      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss and lifetime noise exposure
      I wear programmable Phonak hearing aids but I don't program them myself. I know you can purchase all necessary hardware and software to do so but at that expense you might as well have a trained audiologist do it for you, I suspect it's cheaper than buying what you need to DIY.
      Good quality sound takes good quantities of money.
       
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    18. Wojtek Kalka
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      Wojtek Kalka Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Bangkok
      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very loud concert.
      Hear One are equalizers and amplifier for the real world, in real time
       
    19. Wojtek Kalka
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      Wojtek Kalka Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Bangkok
      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very loud concert.
      Hear One, works great, just battery isn't amazing
       
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    20. Reinier
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      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explosion starting engine
      I totally agree with that. But I want to be able to do the programming myself. I think I know what I am doing IMHO.
      I have been working with audio all my life. That is also a reason why I don't like the tinny/harsh sound of the in-ear phones I tried.
      Thanks. I will be checking this out.
       
    21. Russell Smith
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      Russell Smith Member

      Location:
      South Africa
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced hearing loss
      Hi Louise

      I tried hearing aids on the recomendation of my ENT who said it might help me with the tinitus with the same reasoning as mentioned in the 2nd post I think that its supposed to compensate for the frequemcy of hearing lost ( I have noise induced hearing loss) and unfortunately it did nothing for me . we are not all the samr but i have heard the same thing from other people who tried hearing aids with the same results .
      while it obviously heped me to hear better my T was not reduced .
      This was 9 yrs ago. Cost me a fair amount but was willing to try anything that would hep.

      I`ve just learnt to live with it , not easy , its a fine line day by day .
       
    22. ACG
      Studious

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      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      I'm only on Day 2 with my new hearing aid, but so far, so good! After a pretty disappointing experience with a closed fit cheaper model, this new open fit one is amazing. Things don't sound tinny, I can barely hear my tinnitus when it's on and I actually love the Zen chimes -- and I'm generally someone who prefers absolute quiet (though those days are rare). My ear feels a tiny bit sore, but I think I have some middle ear fluid and it's not the aid's fault. My tinnitus is extremely reactive to sound and tends to be very high when I'm walking about in the city or in places with lots of buzzing (the grocery store, etc.). I took one walk in the city yesterday and could barely hear the tinnitus, then same thing happened in the grocery store, where it usually buzzes away. I'm worried this is too good to be true, but we'll see!!!
       
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    23. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      That's encouraging to read. Is your hearing loss across all frequencies or predominantly in the low or high frequencies?
       
    24. ACG
      Studious

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      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      All frequencies because two ear bones were removed, but much worse in the high frequencies. It's mostly loud hissing and static and very reactive to sound. The idea of amplifying sound was kind of terrifying because I thought amplifying the sound might ramp up the tinnitus, but so far that doesn't seem to be the case. The amplified sounds seems to mask the tinnitus (which thus far has been completely unmaskable), and when I take the aid off my tinnitus is back at baseline in a quiet room. I'm cautiously optimistic at this point.
       
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    25. donfila
      Probing

      donfila Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Has anybody out there had success with the Tinnitus Reduction Program in the Phonak Audeo V50 Hearing Aids? They are a 2015 model that has a tinnitus program built in. I have had tinnitus for over 10
      years now. It is high-pitched, primarily in the right ear. Sounds like bunch of cicadas.

      I hardly notice it during the day. But in quiet situations it's quite annoying. I have a mild to moderate hearing loss in the high range. I had some success with wearing hearing aids about 7 yrs ago, but I lost them and the cost was too high to replace them.

      So any success out there with the Phonak Audeo tinnitus masking program?
       
    26. Ambassador
      Cool

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      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss and lifetime noise exposure
      I wear Phonak Audeo V90 with the tinnitus balance and they are a big help but I am limited to two sound levels of white noise. I prefer to use the ComPilot bluetooth accessory to listen to other sounds, rain or tones. I have high frequency loss beginning at 4K which is also my tinnitus frequency.
       
    27. Akk

      Akk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkonown
      I have hearing loss above 4 kHz in my left ear, and 4/10 tinnitus (hizzing sound) too. I manage with T in normal day, but quiet moments brings it more noticable. Sad thing is that I have quite good High End gear, and now I cant enjoy listening music, because spatial information and of course instrument sounds above 4 kHz on left channel are missing. I have ENT's referral to a Hearing clinic to get a free hearing aid. But it can take up to six months, before I know if I'm getting hearing aid by them. Meanwhile I'm instructed to use IPhone app called "Hearing Help" when I'm at home. ENT gave me also modifed ear plugs to use with app, he also adjusted hearing parameters according my hearing curve. I know, it is not a hifi-solution, but it seems to help anyway, also reducing T a little bit.
      So, I'm curious which (brand, modell) hearing aids are accetable when listening seriously music ?
       
    28. GregCA
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      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I don't know of any hearing aid targeted at audiophiles. They just can't reproduce the sounds very faithfully (think about the only tiny speaker they have at their disposal), and are generally tuned to enhance speech, not music.
      Sorry about the bad news - I use headphones when I want quality (without my hearing aid), but even then, T just mars the experience.
       
    29. Akk

      Akk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkonown
      It can be hard to find suitable hearing aids to an audiophile (or a musician), but there are brands, for example Widex, which seems to care about sound quality, with music listening too. Hope to hear any experience about hearing aids and music listening.
       
    30. Ambassador
      Cool

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      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High frequency hearing loss and lifetime noise exposure
      Hearing aid sound quality preference is a lot like speaker sound preference. Everyone has a different perception of what high quality sound is. Before I settled on Phonak I wore Oticon in a trial and wasn't happy with the audiologist so I returned them and when to a different audiologist and when he put the Phonaks on me I noticed, to me, a much richer sound quality.
       

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