What Should I Know Before Buying a Hearing Aid? Do Tinnitus Spikes Affect Hearing Tests?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Stu1983, Feb 12, 2019.

    1. Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
      Hello all,

      I have moderate hearing loss and bad tinnitus and my ears are a bit sensitive to noise. Is there anything I should know or do before purchasing a hearing aid?

      Do spikes affect your hearing test?
       
    2. Drone Draper
      Jaded

      Drone Draper Member

      Location:
      U.K.
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL, ETD and work stress
      Make sure the person who is selling you the aid has the necessary requirements to do so in your country.

      Personally I think a spike can affect your hearing test, just like a healthy person going to a concert can suffer a temporary threshold shift. Hopefully you won't have one before your test.
       
    3. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Take all the time you need to try different hearing aids. They sound different and have some features you could find useful. Some may be more adapted to your hearing loss than others, so pick wisely.

      You can also shop around: my current hearing aid came from Costco. Costco will do a hearing test for you then suggest a type of hearing aid.
       
    4. AUTHOR
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      Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
      @Drone Draper Thanks for the advice. What do you mean by necessary requirements though?
       
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      Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
      @GregCA Thanks I appreciate the advice.
       
    6. Drone Draper
      Jaded

      Drone Draper Member

      Location:
      U.K.
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL, ETD and work stress
      In the UK, you need to be registered as a hearing aid dispenser to sell you a hearing aid. Just a formality, really, if you're going to anywhere on the high street, they're sure to be reputable.

      Also you should consider what type of hearing aid would suit you - in-ear, behind the ear, etc.

      I think I'd be more of an in-ear kind of guy, it seems less fussy. I look the look of the Phonak Lyric. It's inserted into the ear, worn 24/7 and replaced every 4 months or so. It IS pricey, but it looks like the least fussy way to do it.
       
    7. AUTHOR
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      Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
      Hello all,
      Can anyone else with hearing aid experience please weigh in their opinion.
       
    9. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      For me it did.
       
    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
      Thanks @JohnAdams

      I don't know much about hearing aids. So how do they adjust the volume to your exact level if you have spikes during your test?
       
    11. Zeneth
      Spaced

      Zeneth Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe noise?
      Won't hearing aids just damage your hearing even more... over time?
       
    12. AUTHOR
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      Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound/ 2018 Meds made the volume several times worse
      I don't know @Zeneth.

      That's a good question. I hope not.
       

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