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Jul 2, 2024 20:19:31   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
Just wondering if anyone else here has had testing done by an audiologist and / or has hearing aids and if so, do they help with tinnitus?
Thanks in advance for any helpful responses.

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Jul 2, 2024 22:32:25   #
dtucker300 Loc: Vista, CA
 
NotMAGA wrote:
Just wondering if anyone else here has had testing done by an audiologist and / or has hearing aids and if so, do they help with tinnitus?
Thanks in advance for any helpful responses.


They can adjust your hearing aid to eliminate the tone at which you hear tinnitus. It doesn't eliminate tinnitus, but it won't increase it either as it will the other frequencies in which you are deficient. There are other therapies to reduce tinnitus, so talk with your audiologist.

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Jul 2, 2024 22:36:13   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
dtucker300 wrote:
They can adjust your hearing aid to eliminate the tone at which you hear tinnitus. It doesn't eliminate tinnitus, but it won't increase it either as it will the other frequencies in which you are deficient. There are other therapies to reduce tinnitus, so talk with your audiologist.

πŸ‘Thanks for the response
It's all one sided. I've learned to ignore it most of the time but it's still annoying when I let myself listen to it.

Any recs for brand of hearing aid? Mr. NM has Resound and likes them, but I'm not sold on them. He's had quite a few issues with them.

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Jul 2, 2024 23:03:52   #
dtucker300 Loc: Vista, CA
 
NotMAGA wrote:
πŸ‘Thanks for the response
It's all one sided. I've learned to ignore it most of the time but it's still annoying when I let myself listen to it.

Any recs for brand of hearing aid? Mr. NM has Resound and likes them, but I'm not sold on them. He's had quite a few issues with them.


No recommendations. White noise works best for me. I'll admit, sometimes it's a real pain in the you know what. Did you work around loud machinery? I think mine was from military gunfire (We didn't have good ear protection in those days. I used to go to the range every month with my father starting when I was about 4-years-old and shot a .22 rifle. We used pieces of tissue paper rolled up and put them in our ears. That did absolutely nothing), loud music, machinery, and bowling alleys.

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Jul 2, 2024 23:19:11   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
dtucker300 wrote:
No recommendations. White noise works best for me. I'll admit, sometimes it's a real pain in the you know what. Did you work around loud machinery? I think mine was from military gunfire (We didn't have good ear protection in those days. I used to go to the range every month with my father starting when I was about 4-years-old and shot a .22 rifle. We used pieces of tissue paper rolled up and put them in our ears. That did absolutely nothing), loud music, machinery, and bowling alleys.

Hubby was USMC air wing and lots of noise from the planes.
Not much gunfire for either of us though I did a little hunting on the farm... And only one or two rock concerts. But between our place and grandmas next door there were about three acres of lawn to mow and that was my job when I was a kid. We had a riding mower so not too onerous but it sure was noisy.
The only other thing that might have hurt was sitting right in front of the organ pipes in church choir for several years. Our organist had an undiagnosed brain tumor affecting his hearing and he kept turning the volume up more and more. I'm sure that didn't help. πŸ₯Ί

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Jul 2, 2024 23:26:59   #
dtucker300 Loc: Vista, CA
 
NotMAGA wrote:
Hubby was USMC air wing and lots of noise from the planes.
Not much gunfire for either of us though I did a little hunting on the farm... And only one or two rock concerts. But between our place and grandmas next door there were about three acres of lawn to mow and that was my job when I was a kid. We had a riding mower so not too onerous but it sure was noisy.
The only other thing that might have hurt was sitting right in front of the organ pipes in church choir for several years. Our organist had an undiagnosed brain tumor affecting his hearing and he kept turning the volume up more and more. I'm sure that didn't help. πŸ₯Ί
Hubby was USMC air wing and lots of noise from the... (show quote)


Yup, the sins of our youth. Good luck. Everyone I know who has used the VA is quite satisfied with the new-generation hearing aids they now provide.

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Jul 2, 2024 23:31:35   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
dtucker300 wrote:
Yup, the sins of our youth. Good luck. Everyone I know who has used the VA is quite satisfied with the new-generation hearing aids they now provide.


He can't. We aren't rich but not poor enough for him to sign up get services at the VA. πŸ˜‰
He was only in for six years.
Thanks. Looking forward to figuring out what's going on.

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Jul 2, 2024 23:59:21   #
dtucker300 Loc: Vista, CA
 
NotMAGA wrote:
He can't. We aren't rich but not poor enough for him to sign up get services at the VA. πŸ˜‰
He was only in for six years.
Thanks. Looking forward to figuring out what's going on.


Are you on Medicare?

He can sign up for the VA. You don't have to be poor. I was a two-year draftee. I have to make co-pays for services from the VA, but they are generally very reasonable, and I have had good doctors and good care. (We can mostly thank Clinton for vastly expanding VA care benefits.) I don't know enough about your situation so I can't say anything definitive, but I think you and your husband should at least revisit the possibility of signing up with the VA. Ask to speak with one of their service representatives who can help you navigate the system. A lot depends on talking to the right people. He was in for six years so he earned it! Especially if it was during a declared conflict (Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan 2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom Persian Gulf War 2003, etc.) even if he didn't serve in the theater of operations.

Best of luck to you.

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Jul 3, 2024 00:04:12   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
dtucker300 wrote:
Are you on Medicare?

He can sign up for the VA. You don't have to be poor. I was a two-year draftee. I have to make co-pays for services from the VA, but they are generally very reasonable, and I have had good doctors and good care. (We can mostly thank Clinton for vastly expanding VA care benefits.) I don't know enough about your situation so I can't say anything definitive, but I think you and your husband should at least revisit the possibility of signing up with the VA. Ask to speak with one of their service representatives who can help you navigate the system. A lot depends on talking to the right people. He was in for six years so he earned it! Especially if it was during a declared conflict (Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan 2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom Persian Gulf War 2003, etc.) even if he didn't serve in the theater of operations.

Best of luck to you.
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USMC '65-'69 + one final year reserve. Ooh Rah!
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Thanks again.

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Jul 3, 2024 00:16:29   #
dtucker300 Loc: Vista, CA
 
NotMAGA wrote:
USMC '65-'69 + one final year reserve. Ooh Rah!
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Thanks again.


Hooah! Army

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Jul 3, 2024 07:25:42   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
dtucker300 wrote:
Hooah! Army


Thank you for your service!
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Jul 3, 2024 07:56:43   #
billy a Loc: South Florida
 
NotMAGA wrote:
Just wondering if anyone else here has had testing done by an audiologist and / or has hearing aids and if so, do they help with tinnitus?
Thanks in advance for any helpful responses.


I'm sixty nine, retired carpenter. Power tools, firearms etc. took their toll. I DID use ear-protection a lot, but not enough. The honest specialists tell me to "live with it".
My first experience with hearing-aids is Phonak. Medicare covered them, and the ( much needed) customer service is exceptional. Rechargable vs batteries...l have batteries, no experience w/ rechargeable.
Five months, now, and the hardest part is getting into the habit of WEARING them...
Good Luck, N.M.
(apologies if this isn't "General Chit-Chat... I
can't tell anymore)

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Jul 3, 2024 09:30:57   #
NotMAGA Loc: Upstate NY - in a very red county
 
billy a wrote:
I'm sixty nine, retired carpenter. Power tools, firearms etc. took their toll. I DID use ear-protection a lot, but not enough. The honest specialists tell me to "live with it".
My first experience with hearing-aids is Phonak. Medicare covered them, and the ( much needed) customer service is exceptional. Rechargable vs batteries...l have batteries, no experience w/ rechargeable.
Five months, now, and the hardest part is getting into the habit of WEARING them...
Good Luck, N.M.
(apologies if this isn't "General Chit-Chat... I
can't tell anymore)
I'm sixty nine, retired carpenter. Power tools, fi... (show quote)


This absolutely IS "General Chit Chat" and thank you very much for your input. It is appreciated.

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Jul 3, 2024 14:45:36   #
dtucker300 Loc: Vista, CA
 
NotMAGA wrote:
Thank you for your service!
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Right back at you and your husband. I have great respect for Marines.

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Jul 3, 2024 16:18:06   #
MidnightRider
 
NotMAGA wrote:
Just wondering if anyone else here has had testing done by an audiologist and / or has hearing aids and if so, do they help with tinnitus?
Thanks in advance for any helpful responses.


Yeah, the audiologist told me to get a white noise machine, Izitcha! It didn't help, at least it was just the filter to my fish tank so no new expenditures. Tinnitus is kind of like a wall, people have to speak loud enough to 'get over' and avoid what I call rookie mistakes, like talking to my back. I'll send you a list of others if you want. Hearing aids help, obviously but be careful of the kind.

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