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Old 01-18-2020, 09:52 AM
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How did you lose your hearing?
For me, growing up in rural South Carolina, it meant too many shotgun shells and 30.06 rounds. I grew up fishing and hunting. We lived on a two acre plot with open range behind us. In the summer, our 4 man posse would take a trius trap, a couple case of shells and clay pidgeons, and shoot for hours with no hearing protection. Back in the early 70's you did not need it! So now I'm almost deaf in my left ear.
Didn't just shoot either. Their was Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix etc.etc... on my stereo. Then there were the concerts.
Ended up being a commercial printing press operator for 35 years.
Hugh? What'd ya say?
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For no reason, just a natural occurrence I was told and I was not overloaded with loud noise, just loud music at times but that's it.

Endolymphatic Hydrops, an inner issue right ear. I wear one hearing aid at $2k all out of pocket cost.
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I got,hit Meniere’s in one ear. Destroyed much of the nerves in one ear, 70% loss. Now, I negotiated my price for a hearing aid instead of taking the set price.
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Congential from birth - mother took thalidomide for morning sickness in 1961 which may be cause - have a very specific high frequency hearing loss did not start wearing hearing aids till in my thirties as technology hadn't developed enough as a young man my hearing was like a guy exposed to occupational noise in his 60's.
Modern hearing aids are great but take a while to get used to but makes a difference socially and hearing birds sing while walking dogs is nice. Didn't know lifts beep when you push button till I wore aids,
If you have a hearing loss gets hearing aids makes a great difference to work and relationships - I read that as many people who wear glasses % wise should be wearing hearing aids just not diagnosed or accepted even now!
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Originally Posted by Restrain View Post
I got,hit Meniere’s in one ear. Destroyed much of the nerves in one ear, 70% loss. Now, I negotiated my price for a hearing aid instead of taking the set price.
I feel your pain Restrain! Diagnosed w/ Menieres 4 years ago. Has come back with a vengeance this month-going for the ear nerve surgery and trying an upper cervical chiropractor now to see if he can make improvements. Too damn much for a hearing aid - all out of pocket....
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After shooting trap for 10 plus years ( with hearing protection) I have a acoustic Neuroma tumor on my right auditory nerve. Complete loss of hearing in the right ear. I now wear hearing aids with the right one transmits sounds wireless to the left ear hearing aid.
After 3 years starting to get use to them.
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Mine is from Impact Guns,Air Chisels,etc. ,not to mention very load Music .Ear protection? What is that?
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Scarlet fever nerve damage as a young child here

Hearing aids for years

I adapted at an early age & feel lucky I did not go blind instead or otherwise ...

Considered profoundly deaf by ENT Doctors - I can feel sound as much as I can hear plus I'm skilled as a lip reader given I've had almost 60 years of practice plus my peripheral vision is off the charts

I joke that I can only hear if I'm wearing my glasses so I can read lips

I should have had a job reading plays on the sidelines for sports before they started covering their mouths

Enough for now - I'm glad I lost it at a young age so I feel totally comfortable at an older age

You will adjust - just be patient & don't hesitate to ask people to repeat if you don't hear something - People tend to mumble like crazy without having a clear articulate voice anymore

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Costo is your best bet for hearing aids. Make sure you get mid tier. Do not go with the cheaper ones. I have pure micro 7s They were top of the line when they came out. 28 adjustments from bass to high Freq. The more adjustments the more they cost. All of them now you can self adjust with your phone. Down load the programs for your hearing aids bingo your there. I have had them since 28 years old.

Hunting , hot cars, loud climaxing women. LMAO. 2 out of 3 ain't to bad.
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Some great responses. Thanks guys! Those of you had early hearing loss have made several comments for those of us who suffer from recent loss.
Now, in retrospect, getting high and listening to "When the Levee Breaks" at maximum headphone volume was pretty damn stupid, but when you're young you're invincible. Everyone knows that!
I could have really helped myself in the pressroom had I been more diligent about hearing protection.
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About 11 years ago I purchased a set from Miracle Ear for $4,500, that I still couldn't hear well with. They've been in a drawer for 10 years. Been a carpenter all my life and none of us wore ear protection, also my stint as a cannoneer didn't help. A year ago I bought a pair online from WalMart. They call them amplifiers rather than hearing aids. They are behind the ear just like my hearing aids. Before I got them I would have the TV volume on 60, plus sometimes on 90! Same with the radio in my vehicle i would have on 25 or more! With the amplifiers TV volume is 20, car is 12! The pair delivered to my door was $110.00! They use the same battery as my hearing aid. Brand is made by Britzgo model 702. Can try for 30 days and get a refund if not happy Price has gone up since I got mine. I think they are $160.00 for the pair now. Hope this helps. You can also buy just one if that's all you need.
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Originally Posted by redwing285 View Post
About 11 years ago I purchased a set from Miracle Ear for $4,500, that I still couldn't hear well with. They've been in a drawer for 10 years. Been a carpenter all my life and none of us wore ear protection, also my stint as a cannoneer didn't help. A year ago I bought a pair online from WalMart. They call them amplifiers rather than hearing aids. They are behind the ear just like my hearing aids. Before I got them I would have the TV volume on 60, plus sometimes on 90! Same with the radio in my vehicle i would have on 25 or more! With the amplifiers TV volume is 20, car is 12! The pair delivered to my door was $110.00! They use the same battery as my hearing aid. Brand is made by Britzgo model 702. Can try for 30 days and get a refund if not happy Price has gone up since I got mine. I think they are $160.00 for the pair now. Hope this helps. You can also buy just one if that's all you need.
thats good info redwing. Next January I'm moving from private insurance to Medicare meaning shits going to get expensive. I may be doing Walmart next time.
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^^^Our company health insurance covers zero cost of hearing aids. A common trend as coworkers went through the same thing.

Have you been to an audiologist?

If your hearing is really bad then amplifiers may be okay, but be careful you may be blasting the good hearing you have left.I'm only missing a certain high pitched frequency in right ear. Hearing aid is programmed to replace that frequency only.

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I might add, I got mine online from Zip hearing.com
They carry the latest and best brands at 40-50% off. You use your audiologist, thet send the aids to them for set up.
I bought top of the line Signia for around $4500.00
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Lost some hearing and gained tinnitus from riding motorcycle (wind noise more than exhaust noise I think). Considered hearing aids but the cost vs.the gain is just not worth it to me. Besides the tinnitus will not go away with hearing aids anyway. If I was 20 years younger maybe I'd spring for them.
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Service related noise exposure. Aircraft, naval artillery. Miscellaneous shipboard noise-makers like needle guns. Speed boats.

Spent significant time (more than five years) maintaining and operating target boats. 18 foot boats with open cockpits. 60 foot boats with five 454s. Something breaks and you jump into the engine compartment to fix it, right now! Of course, I was young and indestructible and as a rule didn't have time for hearing protection.

Thursday night I had my hearing checked as the first step to getting hearing aids. Co-worker does volunteer work for the VA and he tells me the doctor needs to use the words "more likely than not, hearing loss started in the service." Doctor is balking at that. I'll see how this plays out.
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Originally Posted by Oldcatboater View Post
How did you lose your hearing?
For me, growing up in rural South Carolina, it meant too many shotgun shells and 30.06 rounds.................. Their was Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix etc.etc...
Ditto all, except farm land in South Jersey.... Shotguns and a occasional weekend with my sporterized Army Springfield 30-06 dad built me...
At my physical for the Marines they marked a large 'A' on my chest xray which meant I had audio issues and that later kept them from paying for a disability. But that's okay, you can carry a M60 machine gun while you're in VietNam.....
After coming home, the clubs in Margate, Somers Point, Avalon, Wildwood didn't help much..

Fast forward through the 80's and 90's bought hearing aids three times and enough $ to buy a car or two I gave up... Finally learned my hearing was normal until the high frequencies, there I have 93% loss in one ear, 96% in the other..
Fast forward to last week, I'd been nagged by wife and friends to get another test, this time at the VA.. Same results.. A pair of the latest greatest hearing aids coming...
The good news is the technology has got to where everything is controlled on my iPhone via bluetooth. So now I can hear my music on the scoot that doesn't have jukebox!
Aside from that, most popular word in my vocabulary will continue to be 'Huh'
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Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
Lost some hearing and gained tinnitus from riding motorcycle (wind noise more than exhaust noise I think). Considered hearing aids but the cost vs.the gain is just not worth it to me. Besides the tinnitus will not go away with hearing aids anyway. If I was 20 years younger maybe I'd spring for them.
You might re-think that Walleyeguy. My aid was programmed to cancel out the frequency of the tinnitus I have. I have found it can be remarkably efficient at doing just that. It does not get rid of it all but has helped me.
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Costco has the best deals and prices on all the main brands.

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