Q&A: Is it possible for me to have a hearing aid? Any information would help.?

Question by PigletLikesPancakes: Is it possible for me to have a hearing aid? Any information would help.?
I’m 18 years old, and have been thinking a lot about hearing aids. I am about 95% deaf in my left ear, and 35% in my right ear. I’ve been in normal public school, play music, and talk all right, which is what causes most to think my hearing doesn’t affect me. Really, they’re wrong. I struggle to hear in school, always have to sit on the left side of whatever I’m trying to hear, TVs are damn near impossible to hear sometimes (captions are my best friend), and all in all it’s just annoying. I’m used to it, though. I don’t notice it most of the time. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect me negatively.

My twin sister and I were a month premature. She was the fat, healthy one, and I had a shitload of problems (heart murmur, low on iron (grandpa had to donate blood), freakishly fast heartbeat, etc. I was in the hospital for a month, blah.

Anyway, they never did any hearing tests during that time, so we don’t know if it happened then, but the doctor reckons that it probably was. Despite the fact that I naturally learned not to lay on my right ear when I was trying to watch TV and use my right ear for the phone, no one ever connected it until I got one of those shitty raise-your-hand tests in kindergarten.

I took a test in ’98, and retook it in 2005 when I was 14 (I barely saw these results about 2 months ago, my mom never showed me them until then). It’d gotten worse by about 20% in each ear. I never thought about it until recently, but I’m worried it could just get worse.

My mom told me that it is damaged nerve endings that cause my deafness. Apparently, the ONEEE doctor that I saw said that there was nothing I can do. Hearing aids wouldn’t help. Blah. My mom took his word right away and told me that was it. I haven’t been able to get her to take me anywhere else for more opinions, and I know (for sure) that it is simply because she doesn’t want to spend money on it.

I’m 18 now, but still live with her and haven’t a job yet (college). I want to go to the doctor again, but want to hear some public opinion. I know it doesn’t replace a doctor’s words, but I just want to know if there is anyone out there with a similar situation.

Any information would help.

– Piglet
Thank you so much. I think I’m going to talk to my mom about taking me to see another doctor. All your advice has been helpful.

Best answer:

Answer by roscoedeadbeat
contact makers of hearing aids, and see if you can try one out, then purchase it if it helps.
I know that there are some hearing aids you can purchase over the counter, but I suspect they are not strong enough to help you, are they?
Check craigslist.org or other websites to see if there are any clinical trials for hearing aids where you might be provided with one and maybe even paid to test it. Bottom line, do what you can to get a hearing aid, and see if it works for you.

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2 Responses to “Q&A: Is it possible for me to have a hearing aid? Any information would help.?”

  1. hopeymagoo says:

    You would be very wise to see another doctor. There are many reasons for deafness. Many new treatments have recently been developed..even a way to get tiny hairs (that some people are born without and are therefore deaf) to grow into the ears restoring hearing. Not all forms of deafness are treatable but I definitely recommend you confirm the cause and see if there are any treatments. If there are currently no treatments for the type of deafness you have, stay on top of the research for correcting deafness as a lot of research is being done and new fixes may be found. You can monitor that by googling sites with deafness or hearing research. Hearing aides only help certain types of deafness or poor hearing. Only a doctor would be able to discuss the cause of your deafness and current treatments. Good luck.

  2. Dunshaw says:

    See another audiologist and get a second opinion. It may be possible to help improve your hearing in both you ears. In the last 5 years, hearing aid technology has advanced quite a bit. It may be possible now to fix it, but first find yourself a good audiologist.

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