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Cpap & Tinnitus
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My hearing isn't nearly as good as it used to be. My wife reminds me of that quite frequently.  Oh-jeez
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(05-18-2020, 10:39 PM)KSMatthew Wrote:
(05-18-2020, 02:54 PM)bonjour Wrote: Interestingly,  I have passed every hearing test I have ever taken.

It's possible to have hearing loss that isn't enough to fail a test.  I can pass, but I have significant loss in one ear at particular frequencies.  The only hearing tests I've had to do that were pass/fail required me to hear a normal conversation at 6ft.  This test was nothing more than the doc asking me some questions while standing behind me.  At an audiologist you can get tested and be given an audiogram that shows your hearing ability at a range of frequencies.  You'll probably see a loss in some of the high freq ranges (not unusual).

Tinnitus, as it's been explained to me, is the brain's way of compensating for missing frequencies.  It fills in sound where it thinks it should be.  The ringing, literally, is "in your head".  Hearing aids can help because they will amplify those frequencies and cause the ringing to move into the background.  However, at night, without my aid, my tinnitus is very noticeable...until I turn on the CPAP and the white noise drowns it out.
All of the hearing tests that I have done have been in the booth, and all were said to be normal.  Once the COVID-19 has settled down I'm planning another test and I'll see if they find anything this time.  Mine is at a fairly high frequency that matches the horizontal hold frequency on tube TV's, and louder than most environments I've ever been in.
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I had that audiologist booth test with headphones 2 or so years ago. The techs said it was 2.1k as the affected frequency, more on the right than left. Right was about 65 dB and left was 60 dB for the tinnitus loudness at that time. They said I could get digital hearing aids that would have notch filters to compensate for the ringing. But since this would be out of pocket, I've yet to get them. With the prices I saw, I'll probably be fully deaf before this happens.
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My hearing loss is in the higher frequencies, too. Right side slightly worse than the left.

As the audiologist explained it to me, hearing loss in the higher frequencies affects the ability to understand speech by 'hiding' the sharp consonants. That's certainly the most irritating aspect of my hearing loss. I really struggle with watching TV, especially.
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I look on the positive in everything. I was paying attention, I just didn't hear what you said. I'm pretty sure the audiologist pointed out that where my tinnitus is on the frequency chart, I'd not be able to hear directions well. Or at least that's what I think she said.

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When I went for my hearing test, I swear my audiologist was having hallucinations.

Just before starting the test, she closed the door because she said there was a giraffe coming down the corridor.
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#18
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I have had tinnitus for over 30 years, worse in my left ear than my right; I have also passed hearing tests -- but they did find the frequency of my tinnitus at the time. In fact, they cancelled out the tinnitus in the hearing booth by emitting that frequency, but it subsequently wore off. 

Funny thing about the CPAP for me: the machine provides just enough white noise to mask my tinnitus, so that I find it has helped me. Generally, I only become aware of my tinnitus (mine sounds like several fridge motors humming) when it gets very quiet.
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There's a hearing clinic in Phoenix that specializes in Tinnitus. I've seen their commercials on tv and they come off as good. 

If I do decide to someday pursue some treatment, I'll most likely call them and set up an appt. Now that I'm on Medicare, it won't cost me anything out-of-pocket.  Eat-popcorn
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I have my audiologist appt at the VA in August. It has been rescheduled twice due to COVID-19. I got disability for tinnitus, but not hearing loss (can't prove hearing loss was service related as they gave me a new baseline when I came back from Japan, but that is another story).

Big Guy, interesting what you said about Medicare paying for hearing devices. I checked with them and they said nice tray. Unless they have something for tinnitus only or you have an advantage-type plan.
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