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Old 06-10-2019, 06:10 PM   #1
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Another of our members mentioned off-handedly about suffering from rather severe hearing loss.

I have it, though it's not that bad yet.

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Old 06-10-2019, 06:20 PM   #2
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LOL, you knew I would jump on that title.
Seriously, I come from a research background and have had LOTS of time to analyze my hearing problem and although I have found zero help to fix what is broken, there are hearing aides even implants that can help. But, recognizing that your hearing is declining is the first step. Second step is to get tested and keep a copy of those results for your records. Somewhere down the road your hearing will get worse and after 7 years they will have tossed your first test which is needed to compare to the next test.

Hearing is another ailment where they don't know what is normal for you, thus the baseline test.

I can also recommend starting sign language, you may need it but there are many others out there that will appreciate you knowing it. I'm trying but I don't know anyone else who uses it.

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Old 06-10-2019, 06:29 PM   #3
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I’m 35 years old and have worked in the trades since I was 17.
Due to a workman’s comp accident I have hearing loss and tinnitus. It will get worse as time goes on, how quickly depends on how careful I am with subjecting myself to high noise environments.
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My last test showed moderate loss according to my baseline.
I also have tinnitus, and have had for years. I need to go to the VA, since it's an automatic 10% rating.
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I am the youngest of 4 boys. The oldest was born in 1950, next in 1952, then 1956 and I was born in 1958. We all love music. I was introduced to a lot of different music.

Anywhere from the Beatles, The Who, to the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. And if you can imagine, a lot of that music was played pretty loud. By the time my two oldest brothers headed of to college, I was 12.

They did hearing tests in school. And as you can imagine, my hearing was already starting to go. It also didn't help that I had terrible ear aches resulting in tubes in my ears until I was 20.

One good thing is that when I go to bed, I can put down my right (good) ear and I don't hear my wife at all.

Back in 2015 I had a brain injury and that affected my hearing as well (and my eyesight but that is a different matter) and I now have 20% hearing in my left ear and 60% in my right.

I am just waiting for my disability benefits to kick in so that I can hearing aids.
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I've got pretty bad hearing, mostly in the mid range, I can hear low and high alright, but like normal speaking voices get me pretty often.

I also think I have "musical ear syndrome" - When I shake my head quickly side to side I hear bells (in addition to [my] usual 'touch sensation after-effect' from my Syn) It doesn't happen when I shake my head up and down. It sounds like a wind chime, but monotone.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:47 PM   #7
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I expect my hearing is less than perfect. But its not from simply getting old -- I've noticed it for a long time. Too much Jimi when I was younger.
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Without my hearing aids I couldn't understand a word anyone was saying. They said my hearing goes fair until half way across the scale then drops off to nothing. I am literally half deaf. My hearing loss is a direct effect from working within 3 feet of jets planes under flying power.
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Huh?

Stop mumbling!

2 things I say a lot.

I feel sad for a friend who has 2 hearing aids but strains to follow conversations. He said, “sometimes it’s lonely”.

My best friend has a cochlear implant and she hears 80% better.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:18 PM   #10
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Thank you all for sharing.

I too have severe hearing loss.

At 23 years old, I had a major damage where a car fell and crushed my head, So major T B I, lost sight in my left eye, hearing in my left ear, even with 4 surgeries to repair my hearing it is deaf.

Then over the last 43 years, the ravages of loud music ( everything from the William Tell Overture, to Gordon Lightfoot) , Firearms, Monster Trucks, Chainsaws, power tools, Explosives, Drag Racers, and more loud things, have taken a major chunk from the hearing in my good ear.

I wear a Miracle Ear aid, about ten hours a day, to make life bearable for anyone in my surroundings, was always asking them to repeat themselves.

Besides Alex Trebec was mumbling too much.

Tinnitis, boy do I have it, there is a mixture of 4 or more noises going on in my head nearly all times, bells ringing, a waterfall in the distance, an occasional siren, all mixed with the drone of a heavy equipment engine running somewhere over yonder.

I take a OTC medicine called LIPOFLAVINOID , designed to aid tinnitus, it quietens the noises a lot.

If I run out and don't use it for a week or more they get really annoying, and I'm buying another bottle of it.

Hearing loss I have had for 2/3 of my life.


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I love your description of the sounds.

"Tinnitis, boy do I have it, there is a mixture of 4 or more noises going on in my head nearly all times, bells ringing, a waterfall in the distance, an occasional siren, all mixed with the drone of a heavy equipment engine running somewhere over yonder."

It amazes me where my mind comes up with these sounds, some I have never heard before at least that I know of. It can be a circus, my cell phone, or marching band. I had always heard people who heard voices were crazy, I now know they are normal, it is their mind doing crazy things.

The one I have to laugh at came one night, I sleep in my recliner with 2 mini-dachshunds, at least one has good hearing. But sound asleep, ker-bang, sounded like a car came right through the side of the house. Then I remembered I didn't have my only aide in AND the puppies were still sound asleep. The one that sleeps beside me hears everything so my conclusion, there was no noise, it was all in my mind. I have to get my mind to notify my heart when it is just a test run.

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A lot of people can't hear my natural voice. I guess it's a higher frequency. It's genetic from my mother whose girl-hood name was Squeaky. So many people don't want to admit it when they can't hear. I wish they would, it would be so much easier. To me it's not worth their being embarrassed about. It often means they worked hard in a noisy job. No shame.

I did learn to project in the hospital, but outside, some are offended. Go figure.
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Bud: Those that hear voices , are not crazy, the crazy ones are the ones that believe those voices.

I too wake at night to noises that don't exist, and my little 4 legged burglar alarm, got old and died from heart failure, last November.

And I don't want another creature to be responsible for anymore.

Having buried 6 Dogs and 2 cats in my pet cemetery, is enough.

Besides with my amputated leg, I can't care for them as well as they deserve to be cared for.

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Btw, Benadryl can cause tinnitus! Check that your meds, esp over-the-counter that the doctor doesn't know you take, for that side-effect. It's in a lot of meds as diphenhydramine.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:28 AM   #15
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I have great hearing when there are no competing noises but when there is a lot of background noise I have difficulty hearing words. I've never gotten around to being tested and hearing aids scare me - both the price and I worry that it will just make the noise louder. .... but I got a wife that will fill me in on what I didn't hear when I ask.



Back in the early 70s I sandblasted a narrow shaft that led to an underground pump station. That left my ears ringing for weeks and I suspect that played a part in my hearing loss. I didn't know anything about hearing protection back then and I'd bet my boss didn't either.
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