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hearing loss

Postby pdfangus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:48 am

wanted to inquire of the assembled wisdom here...

I have amassed some hearing loss over the decades.

never bad enough to require amendment but have long had trouble hearing in crowed rooms or in particular higher pitched voices.

lately noticed that I am having problems with the office telephone. part of it is people call here from cell phones and the connections are not quite as good, and part of it is the cheapest phone system on a government bid...

looked around at hearing aids and floored at the prices.

thinking I might just try amplification first....

any suggestions?
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Re: hearing loss

Postby D2Cat » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:16 am

I've noticed phone calls with either low volume or someone talking like they got a mouth full of marbles, or both!

I immediately tell the caller I can't hear them very well. They do something and the volume goes up with the next word they speak. I think some callers are in an office space and talk low so others don't hear. Some just don't know how to enunciate their words.

I often get voice messages I can't understand. I listen several times, then ask my wife what she thinks they are saying.

I'm sure part of the problem is me, but some is also on the other end. Be interesting if there is a reasonably priced solution.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby 1982vett » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:42 am

I have constant ringing in my ears. Have had it for years. Have a hard time understanding conversation next to me over any noises of any kind. But I can hear the roar of the highway right now and it’s half a mile away yet if I were to get a phone call I have to put it on speaker phone to be able to hear what’s said. Dad was opposite, head take his hearing aid out and hear just fine on a phone call.

Would a headset help?
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Re: hearing loss

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:04 am

Get your hearing tested.

Reputable hearing aid companies do it for free and if it's correctable by surgery will refer you to a medical doctor
for consultation. The hearing test will also help determine if amplification will be enough to help you.
From your description I'm guessing it's a loss of frequency level (trouble hearing higher pitched female voices ect.)
and not a decibel/amplification problem.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:35 am

1982vett wrote:I have constant ringing in my ears. Have had it for years.
Have a hard time understanding conversation next to me over any noises of any kind.

Tinnitus - me too
Using ear wax removal drops every 6 weeks or so helps to give me some relief.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby greybeard » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:57 am

D2Cat wrote:I've noticed phone calls with either low volume or someone talking like they got a mouth full of marbles, or both!

I immediately tell the caller I can't hear them very well. They do something and the volume goes up with the next word they speak. I think some callers are in an office space and talk low so others don't hear.

They hit the button on their phone that turns it to "speaker". It amplifies the sound coming in and going out. I have to do it with any call from my oldest sister--she has a weak cell sig at her place.
I hate getting calls from people who have their phone synched via bluetooth to their vehicle radio. Can't understand a thing they say because of all the outside noise, but understand it's better than driving while holding a phone.

There is a hearing problem, and I don't remember what it's called but I have it, and like many people, I used to think I was loosing hearing ability. It's the inability to differentiate one sound from another..your hearing is so acute, that you hear every sound in a room or even in a big crowd. It all runs together. I hear the person across the table from me but I also hear the conversations being held at tables clear across a restaurant. In Walmart, the noise is deafening..one giant "HUMMMM" of voices, from several aisles over in all directions.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby cowboy43 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:02 am

I can not hear people speaking on blue tooth in a moving vehicle, too me worst device ever invented.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby slick4591 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:22 am

I have the ringing and I'm terrible in crowds. I also have to tell most young women, and some young men to slow down as their words run together and are garbled. I don't have that problem with most of the more mature ladies or men. Family is always on me to get tested but I already know I have hearing loss
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Re: hearing loss

Postby bbirder » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:42 am

I wear hearing aids , but they were furnished by the VA. A friend of mine use amplifiers and he swears by them. I think he told me he gets them from Amazon for $130/pr. There are several name under amplifiers.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby pdfangus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:44 am

Young people all have a tendency to talk fast these days....and i have to tell em all to slow down to old man speed cause I cannot hear as fast as they can talk....

then they throw in some of the newest teen lingo and I am clueless.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby Ky hills » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:40 am

I have had hearing issues all of my life, had tubes put in 7-8 times as a child. Had ear aches and infections, right along, until I got to be an older teen and came to the realization that they weren't helping. I have a condition called Meniere's Disease that is fluid build up in my inner ears, that causes dizziness and tinnitus. I stopped going to ear doctors, and try to control my movements and diet to lessen the dizziness and headaches. Have had ringing in my ears nonstop for as long as I can remember. Doctors told me that hearing aids would not help me.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby Txpiney » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:15 pm

I have worn hearing aids for the last 3 years. They help me a lot, but are hard to get used to initially. They also help with the tinnitus. I have all the symptoms described without the hearing aids in. Good ones are not cheap. Mine were a little cheaper to buy since my wife is a licensed hearing aid dispenser and owns her own business :D
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Re: hearing loss

Postby Brute 23 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:41 pm

There is a big difference in Bluetooth devices. Aftermarket ones or even the older ones are bad. Plus people think just because its Bluetooth the don't have to talk in to the speaker. They will mumble or turn their head and it's pia. Same with speakerphone. It's all I use if I can but I hold it close and talk directly in to the phone not 5 ft away, doing circles in my chair, eating crackers, etc.

A lot of people have hearing damage. It's very easy to do. You can clearly tell when people need them or when people who usually wear them, aren't wearing them.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby pdfangus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:49 pm

Brute 23 wrote:There is a big difference in Bluetooth devices. Aftermarket ones or even the older ones are bad. Plus people think just because its Bluetooth the don't have to talk in to the speaker. They will mumble or turn their head and it's pia. Same with speakerphone. It's all I use if I can but I hold it close and talk directly in to the phone not 5 ft away, doing circles in my chair, eating crackers, etc.

A lot of people have hearing damage. It's very easy to do. You can clearly tell when people need them or when people who usually wear them, aren't wearing them.


NOW THAT IS GOOD INFORMATION i CAN USE.....

I know one guy who has a thing on a chain around his neck and it is the listening device and it wirelessly connects to things in his ears....but I have not seen him in a while to ask him about it...when I last talked to him he liked it...but I have no idea of mfg or price.
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Re: hearing loss

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:04 pm

slick4591 wrote: Family is always on me to get tested but I already know I have hearing loss

A proper hearing test doesn't just confirm hearing loss.
It is the first step in diagnosing the cause and then determining which options will work best for you.

Perhaps all you need is to get yourself a hand held old timey giant hearing horn. :)
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