Wendell's Hearing Devices Updates

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Wendell's Hearing Devices Updates

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I picked up my devices about an hour ago (1630pm EST) and the initial reaction is that I can't believe my ears. I truly don't know where to start.

Initially, everything sounded a tad on the tinny side, but after only an hour, that's starting to disippate slightly. Normal expectations are that it takes the brain about a week to fully assimilate to the sound coming from the devices. I got in-ear-receiver style devices, and at first they did feel a bit odd -- itching my ear canal slightly. That too is waning slightly, and I can see that in a couple of days that I won't even notice that. Hearing my own voice amplified through the devices does take some getting used to -- like in my teen years singing in a basement band and using a monitor. This too I will get used to according to the audiologist who fitted me.

At the moment I am waiting for the bluetooth dongle (literally a device that hangs around my neck when being used) to charge and I hope to play with that later tomorrow or Wednesday.

The big news for me is that my tinnitus has been reduced so much that I can't even perceive the ringing any longer.

Gotta run for now -- but will give additional updates in the coming days and weeks.
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Congratulations. I hope they will work out for you.
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Good news Wendell, wish you all the best!
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jww wrote:IThe big news for me is that my tinnitus has been reduced so much that I can't even perceive the ringing any longer.
Wendell...I am thrilled that they work for you, especially the news about your tinnitus has been beaten back!
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Wonderful news Wendell! I was so pleased how you mentioned your tinnitus being remedied.

Great news. Enjoy your audible upgrade!

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Good news Wendell, I'm sure that you will get used to it and won't even notice that you have it on.
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That's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous!

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I was going to comment that now Wendell will probably be able to hear the sheep milling about in his shave den as he uses his beloved Fat...
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What a great start Wendell!
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Post by function »

Did anybody tell you to use earplugs when you were a teenager?

They told me too, at 29, after years of drumming, firearms and concerts, I know I'm headed down a similar path. Nice to know that modern technology can help.

Glad to hear you are comfortable again.
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Great news, Wendell! I still don't understand how the devices reduce tinnitis, but the good news is that they do. That's a valuable little bit of information.

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Very good news, Wendell! I do hope that all goes well for you.
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ditto on all the comments from the gents that have already posted.

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A word about tinnitus reduction -- the best way to fight tinnitus, as any of you who suffer from it will know, is to mask it - usually with some sort of white noise. My hearing devices work in a way that creates something of a mask effect by amplifying certain white noise register sounds in a way that reduces the ringing significantly. It doesn't entirely disappear, but boy-howdy it is reduced so mach that I only notice very mild ringing if I try to pay close attention in silent surroundings. Apparently many hearing devices are including this feature now - Widex being one of the more popular brands that are at the forefront of this specific technology. I didn't go with Widex as they were still quite a ways behind in bluetooth technology - and that was important to me.

My first day at the office has been interesting so far. A bit echo-y and still somewhat tinny, but that's also due to the fact that I haven't heard all my consonants in many years. It's been epiphany-like to realize that people do indeed say their "s's" at the end of words -- a miracle to my ears.
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Atta-person, Wendell!

As someone who suffered from tinnitus as a child (I'd ask my mother "do you hear that?" and she'd look at me like I was crazy), I can understand the feeling you have when it finally goes away. Its sort of like someone standing on your toe: it feels a lot better after it stops!

FWIW I masked my tinnitus by taking up a musical instrument and training my brain to mask out unwanted sounds, much as you describe. I still get a flare-up every now and then, but nothing like it used to be.

I'm very happy to hear (ahem) you're finding relief!

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My dear Sir,

I am truly happy for you.

Wonderful news, simply wonderful !

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I'll be following this thread with interest.

I'm 36 and have been hard of hearing - and suffered severe tinnitus - since childhood. The latter, I have simply learned to live with. The former, I have tried to arrest, if not reverse, with surgery (most recently bilateral tympanoplasty).

I recently admitted defeat and bought a hearing aid for occasional use. But I didn't pay anything like a fortune for it, and it works great. I got it from these guys who are trying to bust open the hearing aid business in the UK:

www.hearingdirect.com

Best £99 I've ever spent.
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Hurray! Great news!
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Great news, Wendell! Let's hope you get used to them super-fast.
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I have some hearing loss in the upper ranges---from many unprotected years in a machine shop. My tinnitus is mild and it only bothers me when I think about it---like trying to sleep when I'm not sleepy. I have been considering hearing aids but they are very expensive. If you don't mind my asking, which company did you go with?
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