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Old 10-03-2019, 02:32 PM   #1
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I am deaf oh well more like profound deaf.

I am seeking out all Airstream owners who have different degree of hearing loss. Let me know, so we can start up something like a group with common ground. Could be a get together or a caravan if we want to without lack of communication access.

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I too was profoundly deaf until I got my new hearing aids this year- music is a huge part of my life and I was definitely not enjoying any music with my old hearing aids- the key would wander, I couldn't hear in a noisy room and so I stopped listening. I was hearing more harmony than melody- a function of the program in my old hearing aids to keep things more in the mid-range, filtering the highs and lows. Music isn't like that and as a musician, it was driving me nuts.
I began to tune-out with people too....I got tired of saying, "what? huh? Excuse me?" So then I stopped talking so that I wouldn't jump in to talk about q-tips when everyone else was talking about tooth picks ( both sounded the same to me).Living with hearing loss, I began to isolate myself and felt more comfortable alone- not a good thing- but all of that has changed. My audiologist listened to my frustrations, and said, "we are going to fix that". And she did. My current hearing aids are programmed with 3 additional music settings, and are controlled by my iphone. I can change the spacial configuration so that sound is more normal ( more sound in front of me than behind)...it is absolutely horrid to hear the same volume 360 degrees. Now when watching TV, I can zero in the sound directly in front of me, drowning out the sound of AC, dehumidifier or fridge in the background. When in public, I can change it to encompass more sound behind me so that I can hear people and vehicles around me. I feel safer. When I use my "musician" setting, it sounds like my guitar is hooked directly to my ears and I hear every note, in the right key- I can hear if it is out of tune, without having the tuner on!!! And when I get a phone call, it goes directly to my hearing aids from my iPhone and I can hear it more clearly than if the caller was sitting next to me. Technology has come a very long way in the past 5 years. My husband has his wife back again- he loves to talk, but likes to talk to people that listen....when I couldn't hear, I couldn't listen....now I hear sounds I never knew were there.....like the time I called him in a panic because I thought the inverter under our couch was going to blow up from the noise I heard....he had me unplug from shore power until he got home....turns out that I had forgotten to turn down the volume on my hearing aids that morning ( they boot up at 50% or a level 8 and I usually turn them down to a level 3) so I was hearing the fan on the inverter that I had never heard before!!! But now I can hear the birds in the trees as well...and the upside when I take them off at night to sleep, I can't hear the neighbor's dog barking !These are my 4th set of hearing aids over the past 20 years...they get better all the time but this change was much more profound.All of this to say, I feel your pain and hope that your hearing loss can be helped with new technology by a good audiologist.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:12 AM   #3
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I, too, have hearing loss. Mine is very slight and caused by a trip to a bad dentist with unclean tools. The teeth cleaning infected both my ears, leaving me with minor hearing loss in the 4000 range (talking) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) that I lived with for several years before finding hearing aids that corrected all of this.

Some of my hearing returned, but without the aids, I can hear the voice, but can't make out the words. This concept is hard to describe to someone, and you have to experience it yourself to know what I am talking about.

The ringing was a real challenge. High pitch ring that never goes away. Well, until I found the right audiologist. My Resound Linx Quattros are fantastic hearing aids. They are fully Bluetooth capable, and I can even control them with my Apple watch. They are entirely adjustable (volume, tone, white noise, filters) and have almost eliminated the ringing in my ears. I wear them 24 hours a day (sleeping on a quiet night is the worst time for ringing), and I stream audiobooks and youTube videos whenever I want.

For those considering hearing aids, please find a reputable audiologist. Most hearing specialists are not audiologists, but just salesman. Do your research!! Maybe this thread can help answer a lot of your questions.

My hearing aids changed my life! The ringing no longer bothers me. The clarity of speech has dramatically improved, and even watching TV is enjoyable.
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I bought our 2019 30' Classic specifically for my wife who is deaf. Here hearing is beyond the help of hearing aids. (Failed back surgery resulting in a screw to the spine - left leg paralyzed and septic infection. The antibiotics used to fight the infection killed her nerve roots in her ears. She is permanently deaf.)

The extra amenities of the Classic are what make traveling bearable for my Wife. (adjustable bed, remote operation of basic controls, etc...)
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:32 AM   #6
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I'm in the same boat. I'll bet this will be a long list.
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Experienced an acoustic neuroma which involved brain surgery. Twice!
Removing the tumour meant cutting the hearing nerve and the balance nerve and minor trauma to the facial nerve. As a result I am totally deaf in the left ear, poor balance and vertigo, and some loss of sense of smell. But one ear still works well and I now listen to music in mono!


Oh, and the missus still doesn't understand why I don't always respond!
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I too was profoundly deaf until I got my new hearing aids this year- music is a huge part of my life and I was definitely not enjoying any music with my old hearing aids- the key would wander, I couldn't hear in a noisy room and so I stopped listening. I was hearing more harmony than melody- a function of the program in my old hearing aids to keep things more in the mid-range, filtering the highs and lows. Music isn't like that and as a musician, it was driving me nuts.
I began to tune-out with people too....I got tired of saying, "what? huh? Excuse me?" So then I stopped talking so that I wouldn't jump in to talk about q-tips when everyone else was talking about tooth picks ( both sounded the same to me).Living with hearing loss, I began to isolate myself and felt more comfortable alone- not a good thing- but all of that has changed. My audiologist listened to my frustrations, and said, "we are going to fix that". And she did. My current hearing aids are programmed with 3 additional music settings, and are controlled by my iphone. I can change the spacial configuration so that sound is more normal ( more sound in front of me than behind)...it is absolutely horrid to hear the same volume 360 degrees. Now when watching TV, I can zero in the sound directly in front of me, drowning out the sound of AC, dehumidifier or fridge in the background. When in public, I can change it to encompass more sound behind me so that I can hear people and vehicles around me. I feel safer. When I use my "musician" setting, it sounds like my guitar is hooked directly to my ears and I hear every note, in the right key- I can hear if it is out of tune, without having the tuner on!!! And when I get a phone call, it goes directly to my hearing aids from my iPhone and I can hear it more clearly than if the caller was sitting next to me. Technology has come a very long way in the past 5 years. My husband has his wife back again- he loves to talk, but likes to talk to people that listen....when I couldn't hear, I couldn't listen....now I hear sounds I never knew were there.....like the time I called him in a panic because I thought the inverter under our couch was going to blow up from the noise I heard....he had me unplug from shore power until he got home....turns out that I had forgotten to turn down the volume on my hearing aids that morning ( they boot up at 50% or a level 8 and I usually turn them down to a level 3) so I was hearing the fan on the inverter that I had never heard before!!! But now I can hear the birds in the trees as well...and the upside when I take them off at night to sleep, I can't hear the neighbor's dog barking !These are my 4th set of hearing aids over the past 20 years...they get better all the time but this change was much more profound.All of this to say, I feel your pain and hope that your hearing loss can be helped with new technology by a good audiologist.
I am profound deaf which cannot be repaired or improved. I am contend with what I am. I stopped letting the loss of hearing bother me until I was 13 and lived my life to the fullest.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:21 PM   #9
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Experienced an acoustic neuroma which involved brain surgery. Twice!
Removing the tumour meant cutting the hearing nerve and the balance nerve and minor trauma to the facial nerve. As a result I am totally deaf in the left ear, poor balance and vertigo, and some loss of sense of smell. But one ear still works well and I now listen to music in mono!


Oh, and the missus still doesn't understand why I don't always respond!
I often use my deafness an excuse to put my arm on my date's shoulder. I tell her that I cannot balance well in the dark and I would need some balance from her by putting my arm on her shoulder... it works at every date.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:01 PM   #10
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Hello,



I am deaf oh well more like profound deaf.



I am seeking out all Airstream owners who have different degree of hearing loss. Let me know, so we can start up something like a group with common ground. Could be a get together or a caravan if we want to without lack of communication access.



Hope you will like this.


I was surprised to find this thread on the very day that I returned a $5400 set of hearing aids to my audiologist. High frequency hearing loss and tinnitus are my issues.
The month long trial was very interesting. When the high-end aids came up short in audio quality and noise reduction, I did my own research and tried three other products. BOSE Hearphones, Nuheara IQbuds, and Apple AirPods Pro. The BOSE won, hands down, in terms of noise reduction, speech enhancement and audio quality, but the form factor (collar and cables to ear pieces) wasn’t for me. The IQbuds are great in a variety of settings, with good noise reduction, pre-programmed environment settings, and customization controls via my iPhone. The Apple AirPods Pro are tops in noise reduction and audio quality, but lack the speech enhancement features. All three integrate with my iPhone for calls, music etc..
I value function over form, and for now will use the IQbuds in most settings, and the Apple AirPod Pro’s for serious music and loud performances. I may look like a hipster or cyborg, but I’m enjoying sound again.

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For anyone who is a veteran, if the hearing loss can be attributed to your military service the VA will provide you with hearing aids, repairs, batteries and sundry HA supplies. If lost or damaged they will replace them one time and one time only. If you are a veteran I urge you to make an appointment with your local VA hospital. Mine are quite good and really help with my tinnitus and hearing loss.
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I have a fairly severe hearing loss on the right side. Hearing aids help. I’m a firefighter and must remove the HA when I suit up, so it gets kind of interesting sometimes. Considering an all in the ear unit.
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For anyone who is a veteran, if the hearing loss can be attributed to your military service the VA will provide you with hearing aids, repairs, batteries and sundry HA supplies. If lost or damaged they will replace them one time and one time only. If you are a veteran I urge you to make an appointment with your local VA hospital. Mine are quite good and really help with my tinnitus and hearing loss.
I had hearing test 2 wks ago will receive hearing aids end of Nov. My hearing loss was not military but work related. The va is providing aids only cost is $50 for exam & $50 for visit when I receive aids & they tune them. Total cost $100. I don't use va for health services, only for aids this is first time to receive any thing from va & military serv. ended 1958. Proud to be a vet.
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Just some info on using hearing aids for tinnitus. Do not get IN the ear type hearing aids if you want to correct for ringing in the ears. By blocking the ear canal, you increase the ringing. Open over the ear hearing aids are best for this process to work.

My original audiologist insisted that I try the molded in-ear type hearing aid when I decided to upgrade to a newer model. I couldn't wear them for the ringing it caused in my brain. Over the ear with open domes is best.
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I, too, have hearing loss. Mine is very slight and caused by a trip to a bad dentist with unclean tools. The teeth cleaning infected both my ears, leaving me with minor hearing loss in the 4000 range (talking) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) that I lived with for several years before finding hearing aids that corrected all of this.

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The ringing was a real challenge. High pitch ring that never goes away. Well, until I found the right audiologist. My Resound Linx Quattros are fantastic hearing aids. They are fully Bluetooth capable, and I can even control them with my Apple watch. They are entirely adjustable (volume, tone, white noise, filters) and have almost eliminated the ringing in my ears. I wear them 24 hours a day (sleeping on a quiet night is the worst time for ringing), and I stream audiobooks and youTube videos whenever I want.

For those considering hearing aids, please find a reputable audiologist. Most hearing specialists are not audiologists, but just salesman. Do your research!! Maybe this thread can help answer a lot of your questions.

My hearing aids changed my life! The ringing no longer bothers me. The clarity of speech has dramatically improved, and even watching TV is enjoyable.
This is a very encouraging post. Your challenges sound very similar to mine. I have the Widex Beyond and they have helped a ton also, but I would not say that I am as relieved from tinnitus as you are. I also can't wear mine at night because they are uncomfortable on my ear when laying on them...would love to be able to though.

Thanks for you write up.
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For anyone who is a veteran, if the hearing loss can be attributed to your military service the VA will provide you with hearing aids, repairs, batteries and sundry HA supplies. If lost or damaged they will replace them one time and one time only. If you are a veteran I urge you to make an appointment with your local VA hospital. Mine are quite good and really help with my tinnitus and hearing loss.
My father found out about this benefit AFTER he had purchased 2 sets of hearing aids. His loss was attributed to big guns in the south Pacific. His last 2 pairs were totally free from VA.
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I had hearing test 2 wks ago will receive hearing aids end of Nov. My hearing loss was not military but work related. The va is providing aids only cost is $50 for exam & $50 for visit when I receive aids & they tune them. Total cost $100. I don't use va for health services, only for aids this is first time to receive any thing from va & military serv. ended 1958. Proud to be a vet.
To clarify aids quoted is hearing aids not disease aids.
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I had hearing test 2 wks ago will receive hearing aids end of Nov. My hearing loss was not military but work related. The va is providing aids only cost is $50 for exam & $50 for visit when I receive aids & they tune them. Total cost $100. I don't use va for health services, only for aids this is first time to receive any thing from va & military serv. ended 1958. Proud to be a vet.
I have heard that VA provides hearing aids for non-military related hearing loss. I didn't go to the VA for a long time because I didn't know if I qualified. When the tinnitus got bad enough, I went. The doctor asked about my military service and I told him I worked on the flight line in Vietnam and around tanks in Germany. He approved me for the hearing aids and for a device that goes around my neck that does a USB connection between the hearing aids and my cell phone. Now I can listen and talk through this device for better phone call quality. It will also play music/podcasts from my phone through the hearing aids.

So if anyone was in the military, I urge you to go to the VA and get tested and fitted for them. Like featherbedder, I too had to make the copay payments, but it's a lot cheaper than buying them yourself.
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My father found out about this benefit AFTER he had purchased 2 sets of hearing aids. His loss was attributed to big guns in the south Pacific. His last 2 pairs were totally free from VA.
Not only are they free, so are the batteries, cleaning tools, and some repair parts for the owner's lifetime. You just fill out the little postcard, send it in and a couple weeks later they arrive in the mail.

I have found mine to be very helpful for the tinnitus and general hearing. I can turn up the volume when listening to TV without having my wife get upset about the TV's volume.
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I've got tinnitus both ears, in stereo like crickets, high pitch whine, and hissing air all the time.
I also have hearing loss that is in the same range as my wife's voice. (She says it's selective hearing) I'm getting by without aids, but it want be long....

My military MOS was artillery 13B, on 155 Howitzer self propelled. 5 years around cannons for training purposes (no war duty) and 45 year career in heavy construction didn't help.
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