I'm a 40 year old female with severe mixed hearing loss in my right ear since birth--cause unknown, 7 weeks premature. I found out a year ago that I'm now losing hearing in my left ear as well. I went in for testing again last week and found out I'd lost another 5 db on the left since my test last year. I am also in treatment for TMJ which I discovered because of ear pain and pressure from my lower jaw pushing back towards my ears. (Confirmed through multiple tests including an MRI.)
Up until now, it was determined that the technology available in hearing aids wouldn't help my "bad" right ear much. With the new technology, my Audiologist anticipates I'll have between 30 and 70% speech recognition in my right ear. With this in mind, as well as the fact that I'm losing hearing in my "good" ear, I've opted to try the hearing aids. I have a pair of Siemens 700 Pure Carat hearing aids that should be arriving next week along with a mini-Tek. I'm really hopeful that I'll find some success with the hearing aids in helping me understand more of what is going on around me, especially in the work and social settings.
One of the things I'm really concerned about is that my brain is not wired to process sound from my right ear since I've had severe loss in that ear since birth. Is this something I should be concerned about? I've had mixed responses from my last couple audiologists when I've asked this. Also, would some kind of therapy help me acclimate to the hearing aids and increase my chances of success with the hearing aids? If so, what kind of therapist should I be looking for? Should I be considering speech therapy as well? I've always literally talked out of the side of my mouth towards my good ear which has weakened the muscles on the other side of my face. Also, are there any kinds of therapists I should be seeking out to help me cope if the hearing in my good ear continues to decline?
I would appreciate any insight your could provide in helping me as I try to adapt to my hearing loss. As I have searched for internet answers it seems most information out there is geared towards young children or seniors and I'm really unsure what resources or specialists are out there for general adults.