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I found out that I had hearing loss in the 5th or 6th grade.  Left side was almost totally gone with some loss in the right ear.  ENT doctor did surgery on the left   ear and fixed the problem with the 3 bones (Hammer, Stirrup and can't remember the 3rd one)  when I was a sophmore in High School.   Now I am totally deaf in the ear as they found that the surgery made you lose what hearing you have.   I have worn a hearing aid since 6th grade and am 70 years old.   Low pitch voices are hard for me to understand and my pet peeve is people that talk too fast and when you ask them to slow down and talk slower they can't do it!!   I am lost without my aid and wear it al the time.

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Good post about Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)!

I had the same thing happen to me. If you suddenly lose hearing, please go to ER! Not to your doctor! This is a medical emergency and steroids and anti-viral meds can possibly save most of your hearing. I found this out after the fact and have about 10% hearing in the affected ear.  I went to my doctor at first and they did not know what it was.  I didn't get to ER for a week because I was told to come back after a few days to see if anything had changed.

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In my case, the loss of hearing was due to the fact that the ear canals had grown shut.  The doctor operated and I could hear again untilthe canals grew shut the second time.  M.E.Nixon

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Your list didn't mention sudden sensorineural hearing loss.  I lost most of my hearing in one ear 4 years ago at age 56 from what two hearing experts determined was a virus that killed the nerve from th ear to the brain.  Its irreversible and no standard hearing aid helps with the condition.

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Please look into how you could get hearing aids at no or low cost. It is so important.

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I suffered hearing loss after a bad fall.

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Without the aids, you just have no idea how much you are missing - IMHO.

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I found that most of my hearing loss is in the higher frequency ranges, and that includes soft/feminine voices. Some ladies I understand perfectly; others - no. I have hearing aids - paid a lot for them and they are worth it. I could not stay employed without them. But they are not equal to good native hearing.

 

I have tinnitus - from the Army and especially The Gulf War/Desert Storm. That probably contributes to my inability to hear certain sounds, even with my hearing aids, but mostly I find it's certain voices, and from them - certain sounds. For example, I will hear all of what my wife says, minus a word, or minus certain syllables, without which the statement makes no sense. This leads to accusations of, "You're not listening to me!" <shrug> Lord knows I'm trying....

 

In summary, I can't hear almost any conversation if there are ambient noises (kitchens at dinner time are the worst). Given ambient noise, I find that if I can see the face, I gain verbal clues that help. Think about speaking with someone who's native tongue is other than English (or your native tongue). If you are looking at them, and they at  you, you understand more than if you are talking to them on the telephone. It's not 100% better, true; but it's better.

 

I suggest that if someone with impaired hearing does not take whatever steps are necessary to obtain hearing aids, then they are missing a lot of life's meaning. I finally caved and bought hearing aids when I could not hear/understand my Granddaughter. They proved worth every penny. Oh, and I can usually understand my wife, too...

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Hi Pat, I also have severe tinnitus and am seeking any kind of relief. My ENT has told me there is no relief to be found. I have congestion and post nasal drip using flonase with partial relief of symptoms. I often find upon waking in the morning the tinnitus is almost unbearable and lessens as I get moving. Needless to say my hearing is lousy,aids too expensive.

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