Can hearing aid damage hearing ?

Hello everyone ,,
I have just started wearing hearing aids , and I have a question
Can hearing aid cause further hearing loss because of how loud it makes sounds ?
I asked my doctor he said no but he is very dissmisive to everything I say and I don't really trust him
 

Old Analog

Active Member
It's not for me to say, but what I think I heard, first my aids have volume control, when I first put them in I was so disoriented, took 6months -year to get used to, I don't ware them when I ride my bike because I heard the wind noise would damage my hearing, but just average noise no I think not :2c:
 

deerheart12

Active Member
Hello everyone ,,
I have just started wearing hearing aids , and I have a question
Can hearing aid cause further hearing loss because of how loud it makes sounds ?
I asked my doctor he said no but he is very dissmisive to everything I say and I don't really trust him
Where did you get your hearing aids? From your audiologlist? If you're not comfortable with that person doctor/audiologists maybe you can try another one. I don't think it can damage, but if you're not comfortabel with your level of sound you can request for the hearing aids to be lower so it sounds more comfortable. I know if it's too loud it'll give you a headache so it's best to find a level where you can hear without being distracted.
 
Where did you get your hearing aids? From your audiologlist? If you're not comfortable with that person doctor/audiologists maybe you can try another one. I don't think it can damage, but if you're not comfortabel with your level of sound you can request for the hearing aids to be lower so it sounds more comfortable. I know if it's too loud it'll give you a headache so it's best to find a level where you can hear without being distracted.
My audiologist is okay , he is better than my doctor , he communicates well and I went for few visits , he programmed it as per the graph from my hearing test ,so I guess standard operation
It's relatively new Iam not used to it yet , do you wear hearing aid ? Was it wierd in the begining ? Were you able to distinguish speech ?
 
It's not for me to say, but what I think I heard, first my aids have volume control, when I first put them in I was so disoriented, took 6months -year to get used to, I don't ware them when I ride my bike because I heard the wind noise would damage my hearing, but just average noise no I think not :2c:
Are you able to distinguish speech ? I still can't understand most of what other people are saying especially with the dreadful Corona mask
 

Old Analog

Active Member
Are you able to distinguish speech ? I still can't understand most of what other people are saying especially with the dreadful Corona mask
No my loss is in brain, aids give me environmental sound but not understanding of spoken word, it's complicated, I can comprehend vowels(most the time) and hard concenents, the rest I don't even have a blank to fill in, ie. Light&Life I get the Li that's all and I'm not sure of the L:dunno2:my daughter was talking about her sisters eagle? Minutes later it dawned on me it was vehicle, I knew she didn't have an eagle, years ago when it was not such a problem it was funny, well the funny had worn off:aw:
 

deerheart12

Active Member
My audiologist is okay , he is better than my doctor , he communicates well and I went for few visits , he programmed it as per the graph from my hearing test ,so I guess standard operation
It's relatively new Iam not used to it yet , do you wear hearing aid ? Was it wierd in the begining ? Were you able to distinguish speech ?
oh that's good. yes your brain has to learn new sounds so it takes time. When I get new hearing aids sometimes I have to go back and have them readjust the sound level then later I can go up if I want to. As for speech it depends on your hearing loss level is. Maybe going to speech therapy can help you if you want to. For me I always depend on lip reading with my hearing aids I could never listen on sounds alone unless I knew what the speaker was going to say.

here's a nice article that might help you out. https://www.earq.com/hearing-health/articles/can-hearing-aids-cause-hearing-loss

Do you have this app Google Live Transcribe? It's on Android phones now. There are other speech to text apps on iphone too. These apps help me deal with all the masks in this corona/covid 19 era. It's like live captioning when you have it on and it picks up what people are saying. It has helped me during doctor appointments and some quiet art classes. However if there is no wifi then I will have pen and paper as my last resort.
 
oh that's good. yes your brain has to learn new sounds so it takes time. When I get new hearing aids sometimes I have to go back and have them readjust the sound level then later I can go up if I want to. As for speech it depends on your hearing loss level is. Maybe going to speech therapy can help you if you want to. For me I always depend on lip reading with my hearing aids I could never listen on sounds alone unless I knew what the speaker was going to say.

here's a nice article that might help you out. https://www.earq.com/hearing-health/articles/can-hearing-aids-cause-hearing-loss

Do you have this app Google Live Transcribe? It's on Android phones now. There are other speech to text apps on iphone too. These apps help me deal with all the masks in this corona/covid 19 era. It's like live captioning when you have it on and it picks up what people are saying. It has helped me during doctor appointments and some quiet art classes. However if there is no wifi then I will have pen and paper as my last resort.
Ooh never knew apps like that existed ,it's very helpful I would try it out ,, would've been helpful today , it was a very difficult time in the hospital as I do rely mostly on lip reading but no chance with all the masks ,I was alone for the first time and was completely isolated , thank you for all the valuable info :)
 
No my loss is in brain, aids give me environmental sound but not understanding of spoken word, it's complicated, I can comprehend vowels(most the time) and hard concenents, the rest I don't even have a blank to fill in, ie. Light&Life I get the Li that's all and I'm not sure of the L:dunno2:my daughter was talking about her sisters eagle? Minutes later it dawned on me it was vehicle, I knew she didn't have an eagle, years ago when it was not such a problem it was funny, well the funny had worn off:aw:
Yeah I feel the same way , and funny worn off for me already
 

mina2009

New Member
hi hearing aids are like eye glasses or lenses if you have the right one they will help you to hear better improve your hearing ability but you need specific hearing ability to have hearing aids. If the hearing aid device is from store or unqualified store yes it will damage also cause some dizziness or vertigo.
 
I got it from an audiologist so I guess then it should be okay ,, I feel it's loud sometimes but it helps alot with the tinnitus even when Iam not wearing it ,Iam not sure if this makes sense
 

malus handle

New Member
My bone conduction head phone(s), my Kindle Fire, my Samsung 7, and Bluetooth, have proven to me, to be the cheapest, and easiest way to "experiment" at home, and set myself on a new path, to be able to "communicate" with all people, whether in my home, or out and about.
I have NOT found others who have my "condition", (one completely deaf ear, zero) so I do not have a benchmark to go off of. For me, this "set up" that I have developed for myself, allows me to cypher, much better, three different sounds, where as before, I could not understand words, or music, hardly at all. The three things that make me feel confident in myself, are being "hands free" connected to my phone all day, also being "hands free" connected to my music all day, which helps me take my "vertigo" steps better, and with a little "kick" in my wobbly step, and since I do not have anything in my ear canal, when my wife, or anybody speaks to me, I can much better, instantly cypher words. I am much better in a conversation now, because I can put my vertigo, and my tinnitus, and back ground loud noise, on the "back burner" where I don't loose concentration any more. I've actually found certain tones to be in "harmony" with my tinnitus, crazy huh. I have a 3 channel mixer and an equalizer on my Kindle, so I can "adjust my music " to the levels that I want.
I had a tooth removed last week, and while I was in the chair, with doctors permission, I had my "set up" on, so while he was working on me, I was listening to music, able to talk to my wife while she waited in the car. (I called her before I went in and left it on) and also, because my ear canal was open, did some bantering with my doctor, and my wife could be part of the conversation if she wanted, all at the same time. My confidence level has skyrocketed, and at night, when I "undo" myself, I seem to sleep better. Something I've learned is no matter what time I go to bed, I try to get up at the same time every day (7 AM) and eat a small high protein breakfast, and a big glass of lemon water, first thing.
Something I want to warn everyone about is the Volume on the different channels, pull the headphones away from your ear when you change channels. Protect your Tympanic Membrane. I put an earplug in and block 95% of all sound in my ear, and then rest my bone phone on the plug, and instant fidelity in my ear, but I can not hear anything else. Another thing that's neat, is moving the bone phone closer to my ear with my fingers, actually "adjusts" the fidelity of the music without any electronics.
The best thing though, is people are interested in my "set up", and stand face to face with me, which is also a confidence booster.
Listening to music with "hearing aids" turned up or down, is limiting, so when I first put on my bone phone and listened to music outside of my ear canal, it opened up new pathways for my brain to make, and also helps with "dementia" due to hearing loss.
Experiment with a Bone Conduction Wireless Headphone, my first one is an IDONN F1 for $47.00. and my other one is an AFTERSCHOZ AIR. $100.00 or so. My Kindle Fire was $78.00, and Bluetooth was free. Try taking out your hearing aids, put an expanding earplug in your right ear, and a bone phone just in front of your left ear, with your favorite music on, and play with the volume to where it is comfortable. Have people come in and interact with you and also experiment. It takes some practice to be "listening" to my phone, and my music, and someone speaking to me, all at the same time without to much confusion, and then to also speak at the same time.
It has been good for me to have an alternative to Doctors and specialists, and be "On My Own."

"I can live forever because of my wonderful memories, even around bombs" Cliff Crozier 1917

I've always found that if I stand up straight, look em' in the eye and say, "How are YOU going to act?"
it sets the stage for a better conversation, and now I can understand their answer, much better.
 

x1heavy

Member
I used digital hearing aids that cut off at 130db. For my hearing in those days any sound needed to be boosted to about 90db-110 db for me to hear it in certain ranges. Other lower sounds were natural I could hear like a hearing. But I needed hearing aids for trucking medical passing DOT Requirements.

My audiologist knew that I was a trucker and sometimes in mountain work with the engine at redline and the jacobs brake going inside the old steel cabs on bad pavement it can be VERY noisy sometimes for all night never ending. So the hearing aids cut off automatically when the sound levels get to where it's physically a painful experience.

Another benefit in those days was we used to visit NSSA in Winchester VA once a year. They used live fire Civil War artillery at Fort Shenandoah and it IS VERY LOUD. You had your hearing aids OFF and you feel that THUMP in your body as the rounds go downrange. After a day of hat it gets tire some and some of the hearing without any protection end up bleeding.

Today I am less concerned with DB, the recent hearing test showed a age related progressing towards 120db and beyond for progressing into profound deaf. I still have a range of sounds I can still use with hearing aids. But if I lose that too which is a possibility, there will be no point in using the hearing aids anymore. Which is ok.

The one thing I always say to anyone is to get hearing aids fitting to their hearing by a audiologist. Just buying cheap 25 dollar sound boosting hearing aid like devices are not fitted prescription hearing aids for anyone. The boost provided by them can be way too much and damage hearing.
 

malus handle

New Member
I used digital hearing aids that cut off at 130db. For my hearing in those days any sound needed to be boosted to about 90db-110 db for me to hear it in certain ranges. Other lower sounds were natural I could hear like a hearing. But I needed hearing aids for trucking medical passing DOT Requirements.

My audiologist knew that I was a trucker and sometimes in mountain work with the engine at redline and the jacobs brake going inside the old steel cabs on bad pavement it can be VERY noisy sometimes for all night never ending. So the hearing aids cut off automatically when the sound levels get to where it's physically a painful experience.

Another benefit in those days was we used to visit NSSA in Winchester VA once a year. They used live fire Civil War artillery at Fort Shenandoah and it IS VERY LOUD. You had your hearing aids OFF and you feel that THUMP in your body as the rounds go downrange. After a day of hat it gets tire some and some of the hearing without any protection end up bleeding.

Today I am less concerned with DB, the recent hearing test showed a age related progressing towards 120db and beyond for progressing into profound deaf. I still have a range of sounds I can still use with hearing aids. But if I lose that too which is a possibility, there will be no point in using the hearing aids anymore. Which is ok.

The one thing I always say to anyone is to get hearing aids fitting to their hearing by a audiologist. Just buying cheap 25 dollar sound boosting hearing aid like devices are not fitted prescription hearing aids for anyone. The boost provided by them can be way too much and damage hearing.
Hi, X1heavy
My name is Craig and I have finally found a good solution for myself,
about being in the world with only one ear.
A while back, I ordered two, "BONE CONDUCTION WIRELESS HEADPHONES", one an IDONN F1, $47, and the other an AFTERSHOKZ AIR, $100. and paired the AIR up with my Samsung 7 phone, and the F1 I paired up with my Kindle Fire. I ware both of them in front of my only ear, and I can "adjust" them and get the volume and "fidelity" I want for each situation I'm in. My ear canal is open... and I can drive, I can hear the engine and gears, speak on the phone, listen to my music, and still "hear" any sound coming into my left ear, all at the same time, but before, every sound that came into my ear canal was
quickly rejected by my brain which yelled at me, "TOO MUCH INPUT".
It has allowed me to be hands free all day, and feel more confident in my ability to "listen" and then to communicate better.
For me, Volume is the issue, everything is loud in my left ear, and very confusing.
An experiment I ran on myself was, to insert a foam ear plug, all the way in, and give it 25 seconds to fully expand, and as it closed off my ear canal, I could hear 95 % of all sound, go away.
These are the sounds that went away, in order.
1st, the old electric fan motor sound,
2nd, the sound of the Tread Mill motor I was walking on,
3rd, the sounds coming from the T.V. on medium volume,
4th, was the Radio,
5th, was a CD recording of a female voice singing.
Very interesting video,...
(m.youtube.com/watch?v=1PNnBRBfOVY)

Another "experiment" I did was put my plug in, and as it expanded , listen to my family in conversation, the low male voices went away, the kids voices went away, and the higher female voices were low,
but I could hear and understand them.
It was strange seeing my family speak to each other, but only hear the female voices.

Other than my feet walking on the tread mill, and the female singing voice, all sound was gone, actually quite soothing.
Same thing in my vehicle, all sound gone, for the most part, except what ever is programed into my music list for the day. Lose fitting, the plug in my ear helps with loud, concussive noises that make me freeze and I jump out of my boots.

I would like to speak more about , "only having one ear".
I would give up half the hearing in my good left ear, to have even a "tiny" bit of hearing in my right.

"Ears" are like Brother and Sister to the brain, they are constantly triangulating sounds and objects, like the eyes, and without one of them, we're only "half smart", in a way.

You really do need Two Ears AND Two Eyes when you are in the woods and world, lose any one of them and, otherwise, "You're BAIT". By experimenting with different technology, we can, "not feel like bait".

Fellow smallTrucker

Craig "Munch"
 

x1heavy

Member
I will have to sit and consider that.

My hearing tests inside the sound proof room with the bone conduction usually don't do anything for me. Which is to be expected because I am such a big head stubborn. =) But your post and information opens up new things that I would not mind looking into.
 

Rollover

Member
My audiologist is okay , he is better than my doctor , he communicates well and I went for few visits , he programmed it as per the graph from my hearing test ,so I guess standard operation
It's relatively new Iam not used to it yet , do you wear hearing aid ? Was it wierd in the begining ? Were you able to distinguish speech ?
Perhaps you can discuss baby steps? Start lower and build yourself up. If your audiologist doesn't agree, or your doctor doesn't listen to your concerns, maybe it's time to change professionals? You could seek second opinions elsewhere and then decide what's best for YOU. This is all
about YOU, not THEM. :)
 

malus handle

New Member
I will have to sit and consider that.

My hearing tests inside the sound proof room with the bone conduction usually don't do anything for me. Which is to be expected because I am such a big head stubborn. =) But your post and information opens up new things that I would not mind looking into.
I went to an Audiologist as part of my VA benefits (USMC 1965-1969) "screening", (finally, finally, after I put my Pride away for a bit), and she hooked me up to her equipment. Then she struck a tuning fork and put it on the top of my forehead, and said, "tell me when you can't hear it any more". I listened to the tone until it was gone. She listened to it and said that I could sense the vibrations longer than she could.
The test went on, and towards the end, she had an inquisitive look on her face, and she said, "something doesn't look right here. I hadn't told her, about not having any hearing in my right ear from a recent accident, for fear of having it negate any possible benefits. She said that she had never done an audio test on someone like me, but that she would "adjust" her record to show a 70% hearing loss in both ears.
That got me an extra $250 a month, thanks to the F-4 Phantoms, and the Grateful Dead speaker banks.. ha.. (and a Gracious Doctor).
I had never thought about a tuning fork before, but the moment she put it on my head, I felt a new world open up. Later when I started listening to my music on Bone Phone, It was like having a tuning fork on the bone just in front of my ear, that I could hear very clearly. The "overtones" really came out. I put an Equalizer FX on, so I can adjust the sound accordingly. All of a sudden the "ringing" in my ears was put in the back ground, my BP went down, too low sometimes, and the vertigo became just a new dance step. Not having anything in my ear canal, and being hands free, is a big plus, and makes it more comfortable to be in a face to face conversation. Interesting you talk about a "whisper" test from 5' behind. If you had a "rear view mirror", and could "see" someone talking from behind, it would be easier to understand them, and pass the test. I can hear sounds, but I can't tell where they are coming from, I'm "Bait".
My music for today is "Eye In The Sky", by Alan Parsons Group.
Enjoy.

My "small" truck was a 1970 , 1300 cc, Datsun pick-me-up, that me and my dog Munch put allot of care free miles on.
 
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