I am with Loopy, "let nature take its course" as far as possible.
It was over 20 years ago that I noticed I was having trouble understanding people, especially in a noisy environment. I had to see the doc about another problem and so he referred me to an audiologist. The result was some 20dB loss at 2kHz in my right ear and then it went off a cliff.
Left lug not so bad, about right for my age. The reason for this preamble? I had NOT noticed any problem in listening to my (then quite decent) hi fi rig. Even when I knew the right ear was shot at HF it did not seem to matter for stereo music.
I was given an analogue NHS aid. Ok but "stupid" They help a great deal with conversations but ONLY when there is no competing noise! Much later Lefty went bad as well and I got 2 digital aids ('king clever! Turn one one up, tother tracked it!) Better in noise but still not brilliant......MIND YOU! People are ***t a lot of the time, mumble, trail off sentences, turn away. You have to GET a deaf persons attention FIRST. Then tell them what you want to say.
Aids are very good now but still sound like bees in a tin.
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billr wrote:A friend of mine had the same problem which he got round by purchasing one hearing aid for the bad ear to bring it up to line with the good one as much as possible. He says that this made a huge difference to his mixing ability. The problem was finding a suitable hearing aid as most are designed to maximise speech intelligibility rather than give an even balance for music. Most of them split the audible frequencies into bands, process the bands individually and then attempt to recombine them which he says sounds unnatural. He found one brand called Bernafon Zerena which works differently with good results for music. It has music programs which turn off unnecessary processing and he says sound pretty natural. It can do omnidirectional to pick up sounds all round and cardioid to pick up mostly from the front. Apparently digital hearing aids are getting better quite quickly as bit rate and sample rate keep going up for a given size of processing chip, but battery life can get less for the higher rates. It was not a cheap solution however, and finding an audiologist who understood the problem was difficult, but it worked for him.
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Hi Matthew, I am just following up. It would be worth getting a repeat audiogram. I don't know the conditions under which your first audiogram was done, but even slight noise in the audiology booth could produce an inaccurate result. If the repeat audiogram looks similar and this is not a technical problem with the audiogram, you really need a clinical evaluation by an ear, nose and throat physician to make sure you don't have a mechanical problem in the middle/inner ear, an acoustic neuroma, a cholesteatoma or some other type of treatable tumor or illness.
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