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    Default Hearing aids? I guess it was coming... wait, for both ears!!!!

    I know, I am hard of hearing, but I was just informed on friday, that I need hearing aids. Well the doctors words were, that he "strongly recommends that I try hearing aids." I am scared, sad, and I just dont know what else. Maybe overwhelmed. I got Menieres and vestibular migraines, so my ears are getting in rough shape. Went from great to HOH in about a year. I have trouble understanding people, mostly in noisy places. ANd my hearing is only going to get worse. and my balance, I am surprised I can stay up right most days.

    I was looking at brands websites and its all terribly laid out. Information is hard to compare.


    I am still processing it all. its all hitting home. I am scared. Mostly I guess the uncertainty of my hearing loss.
    How am I supposed to figure out which HAs are best suited for me?


    for the price, features, and even style. Yes I want to give them some style. Kinda like glasses. I dont want to hide them or the fact I am hoh. I feel it does me and the deaf/hoh community a disservice to hide our wonderful little hearing devices. I am not ashamed to lose my hearing, just scared and not ready.


    This girl needs some advice and help, and a little support would be nice. I just don't know.
    Last edited by gamma; 03-19-2017 at 04:07 PM.
    "We are all going deaf, Some of us are just better at it."

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    Your loss is still in the mild range so most styles of HA will be open to you. Even the really small IIC (invisible in canal) ones
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    You probably want something with flexibility to increase the power level if your loss will gradually get worse. I wear the Oticon OPN which has a lot of variation in power levels via the receivers. You could get colored molds if you want to show them off.

    Not sure if this is true, but this article by Neil Bauman says a certain chiropractic adjustment can rid you of Meneires. I don't have Meneires nor do I know if it's BS, but here's the article:
    http://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/say-...book-released/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcantu View Post
    Your loss is still in the mild range so most styles of HA will be open to you. Even the really small IIC (invisible in canal) ones
    Goodness no, I am not like a lot of people, I dont want to hide my hearing loss. why do people always want you to hide it. It's a part of who I am now. And I don't want to hide or be ashamed of any part of who I am. I want to get a BTE and pimp it out and make it styling. Show others it is not something that is bad and be shunned. I am a lovely trans lady, so I am tired of hiding and being ashamed of who I am. And this is a part of who I am now, as I said. I proud of myself and my struggles. I am proud of getting through this last year of struggles. I am like constantly dizzy. and the hearing loss is just another part of my struggle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abarsanti View Post
    You probably want something with flexibility to increase the power level if your loss will gradually get worse. I wear the Oticon OPN which has a lot of variation in power levels via the receivers. You could get colored molds if you want to show them off.

    Not sure if this is true, but this article by Neil Bauman says a certain chiropractic adjustment can rid you of Meneires. I don't have Meneires nor do I know if it's BS, but here's the article:
    http://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/say-...book-released/
    Ha I wish that was true, I think my are an auto immune thing, and maybe partly allergies.
    "We are all going deaf, Some of us are just better at it."

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    A good rule of thumb with chiropractors is just to assume it's all BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neville View Post
    A good rule of thumb with chiropractors is just to assume it's all BS.
    If its a good chiro then they can actually help with certain pains and issues. Having your body lined up right can really help. I am a radiologic technologist. So I know anatomy pretty with and understand how the body works too. But a lot of claims can be total bs. Like it helping menieries. Unless you have something so out of wack that its blocking vestibular drainage, its not going to help. =)

    But if you neck feels outta wack they can help get it back in wack.
    "We are all going deaf, Some of us are just better at it."

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    Chiropractics is not an evidence based practice. It is generally mysticism. There is some evidence that it can help alleviate back pain, but the evidence is mixed. Any claims beyond that are arbitrary.

    Just from a theoretical perspective, it doesn't make sense to me to align the spine without addressing the movement and musculature issues that are causing the problem in the first place.
    Last edited by Neville; 03-20-2017 at 05:12 PM.

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    I wonder if they aren't referring to the Epley manuever https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epley_maneuver
    I'm doubtful about Meniere's, but there's pretty good evidence it helps vertigo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    I wonder if they aren't referring to the Epley manuever https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epley_maneuver
    I'm doubtful about Meniere's, but there's pretty good evidence it helps vertigo.
    Ya, maneuvers do jack to meniere's/ vestibulr migraines. I know I have tried them a number of times, Just to be sure. And if he discovered a way to treat meneires he would be widely known and praised in the menieres groups. They would be saying go get your back cracked. Its all bull.

    So I am stuck here as most people with my problem just spinning my wheels and going deaf.

    I look forward to the day I dont have bad gravity. one of my coworkers jokes that I think is super funny.
    "We are all going deaf, Some of us are just better at it."

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