Today I went to a new Audiologist. Dr. Sharon gave me a hearing test. Results where that I am " Profoundly Deaf" in BOTH of my ears. I was very upset because I guess I cant face the truth right now. She then explained my audiogram from before. She said I had a moderate-severe hearing loss and that my entire life it has been stable up until now. I went into the office with a "list" of questions which I have never done before. I am so glad I did this time. She answered all my questions. The first question was, " Before when I was able to hear, how come I couldnt make out what they where saying". Her answer was- " You cant hear speech part because your brain doesnt grasp the voice". I was always wondering why I was having trouble in the past. Now I know. She then gave me a Tympanogram to see if there was any fluid in my ears. They were CLEAR. I have also told her I have really bad Tinnitus. She knew this because I saw her way back in 2006. She told me to STAY AWAY FROM CAFFEINE** AND CHOCOLATE** for 1 week and see how I do after that. I told her the Tinnitus is so bad now that I cant hear at all. It is always there, it never goes away. So as of today is my first day without SODA although she said I can have CAFFEINE FREE WOOHOO!
She wants me to go for an ABR- Auditory Brainstem Response test and this test basically shows if you " HEAR ANYTHING". I have never done an ABR test before so this will be my first time. If it DOES show that I have some hearing left although my Audiogram saids Im profound, that means I have "Auditory Neuropathy"- which is a conditon that made me profound which can be caused by my type of hearing loss- Sensorinerual or can be caused be an illness. Unfortunality the only "Cure" she saids would be a COCHLEAR IMPLANT. I cannot get that opportunity because of my seziures. No-one she saids will put me under with the severe condition I have. It is common sense. I do want to be able to hear again but I deafinitely dont want to be under a knife right now because of everything I been through. Dr Sharon wants me to go back to SPEECH THERAPY. I havent been in speech therapy in years and sadly, I dont even remember. I know I had it done everyday while I was growing up. For some reason I cant remember my childhood. Anyways, I am going to go b ack to speech therapy once I get her letter next week reffering me to go back. Thank goodness I know someone at LIJ who can help me.
We then went into her OFFICE where we sat and talked. She pulled out all the HEARING AIDS and told me to put on the OTICON VIGO PRO which is a very very powerful aid. Guess what? The good news is I heard the COMPUTER BUZZING, I heard MUSIC! She said this AID you will be able to her MUSIC. I asked her " how come I can hear the music and not people". She said this is common and how I only hear 5 decibles meaning when you say for example the word: FOOT I hear FOO. So I put two and two together and to make the FOOT word. Well the aid was very STRONG. I ended up with a very bad headache. I felt nacious too. She said it is normal because I am NOT used to the SOUNDS. I couldnt really make out anything she was saying. Thankfully she knows how to SIGN. Dr Sharon wants me to come to Open House demo where I can try on this hearing aid for 2 weeks for FREE. I am going to be doing that before I purchase this extremely expensive Aid. She wants to make sure this is comfortable for me. When I had the aid in it was alot for me it was way to much SOUND. I couldnt take it actually. My face started to turn red. So she told me to take one out. So if this is the case and I am comfortable with this aid for the 2 weeks then I will just buy 1 for now.
Like I said before I got very nacious and the sound was just way to much she said she kept lowing it and it was on 1 in seconds. I still was having alot of trouble. I forgot to tell her I have really bad Recruitment I always had this in the pass. I must tell her when she calls me about this. Maybe that is why I felt nacious. I couldnt take the Loud Sounds.
This was my day and I am beat. Today was alot of lipreading involved and so much INFORMATION in just 2 hours. Yes 2 FULL hours at the Audiologist office.
What a long day. I am glad I went though.