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hi I joined this firm several months ago and had some great advice and have shared notes as fairly recently I reluctantly started to use hearing aids. I was tested showing significant loss 8 years ago but vanity prevented me from using the (expensive) aids I purchased. I recently got checked and fitted with aids through the NHS as live in Wales although audiograph showed no changed when compared to the previous. I was never tested as a child but struggled in class and all life have had a loud buzzing in both ears. Complaints of ear ache and fuzzy ears was put down to just that and as young adult was told by gp that my ears looked fine and was prob due to wax and given drops. I thought that it must be the same for everyone tho wondered why I really struggled to watch tv or make out dialogue when went to the cinema as I could hear. I thought maybe was a bit slow catching on to things tho managed get a good degree in further education (with much time spent copying up). I've since learned the noise is and was tinnitus which has always been a constant so am used to it and first test showed I had moderate to severe loss in both ears but so far I'd somehow managed. I'd kinda learned my own language along with self learned lip reading so these aids are taking some getting used to as nothing sounds like I thought. The recent test was conduvpcted by my now chosen audiologist and he explained the audiograph and said that it indicated that I'd more than likely been born with it considering the lifelong tinnitus and history. However, although I did struggle, I had 2 severe bouts of glandular fever in my teens and the secon time totally lost my voice for a few weeks and also went almost totally deaf and the tinnitus went so loud it felt that that's why I couldn't hear anything. That infection seemed to last for about 3 months and gradually the noise reduced and I started to get some hearing back. I've always felt that it did cause possible further hearing loss especially in my left ear tho both go down to around 70-75db in the mid frequencies then the left ear does right down and the other back up in high frequency range. Tinnitus has always been constant but now even tho I'm using aids it seems to drown out everything and have to really concentrate at times to work out conversation and tv etc. It's a whole lot better as I can enjoys cinema and socialise a lot more but just wondered if having those infections could have worsened things cos when I was younger I seemed to just accept it. I just wondered if those infections had an impact and if anyone had anything simelar happen after that particular infection. Suppose and just trying suss out cause/reason as I certainly questioned my hearing and the loud buzzing as started to realise not everyone had it and that no one in my family needed to use aids. Am a bit new to all this really through ignorance so am grateful for any info and also what I've already had from others
thanks and apols for lengthy message (I drive my mates crazy with lengthy texts).
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