Are hearing aids always uncomfortable?

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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/17/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Or is it just me?  I'm supposed to decide by tomorrow whether I want to have my own (expensive) set made.  They don't make a huge difference in my hearing, but some.  The problem is, I can't seem to get beyond how they feel.  They hurt!  If I talk, chew, or swallow it intensifies!  The Miracle Ear saleslady and tester said I'd get used to them within an hour or so.  NOT!  It's been almost a week, and I've never been able to tolerate them for more than 4 hours. 
 
Is this just another lovely manifestation of good old Sensitive-Everything Syndrome, or do others have this problem?  I'd appreciate any feedback you all might have.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/17/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My hearing aids don't hurt.  Perhaps the ear mold isn't a good fit. 
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/17/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Sherrine. Do you have custom-made molds?
  Achey 
 
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it's a new day
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   Posted 6/17/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the Resound Dot hearing aids.  They are small with a little tube that goes in the ear.
I usually don't have any trouble with pain, just occasionally if I've had them in a long time or if it's a really bad fibro day.  If I'm home I often times don't put them in.  Like you, I don't notice a whole lot of difference in my hearing.  But my family and especially my husband know if I have them in or not.  They get really frustrated with me.  My mom has really bad hearing and has refused to get hearing aids.  It drives me crazy.  She's always talking about something else, because she hasn't heard to the conversation.  I promised myself I would not put my family through that.  So I have hearing aids and try to wear them faithfully.  I would say that if you are unhappy with them and they hurt I don't think you have the right ones.  There are a lot of options out there.

Acheybody
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   Posted 6/17/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, thanks, that's good to know. I guess custom-made molds are also possible, but she said she wasn't sure I would be able to stand the process of having them made! :(
  Achey 
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 6/18/2010 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Achey...were you ever officially Diagnosed with Meniere's Disease?  I think (the fog) I mentioned this before but if your hearing loss is from that, I do not believe hearing aids will help as the nerve endings die that tramsmit sound.  At least that's what my ENT told me when I thought about getting one.  Just a thought before you spend all that money.

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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/18/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna,
I was told that I had Meniere's many years ago by an ENT doctor, just because of the hearing loss. But this lady from Miracle Ear says she doubts it, as I don't have debilitating dizziness, just fairly mild (and constant.) So I really don't know. But that is a good idea. I have enough problems without wasting money!!
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/18/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Achey, I have a Doctor of Audiology that I go to.  They are truly specialists and totally understand all the various hearing problems.   
My ear molds are custom made for me.  Even then, they filed a little off so they were comfortable for me.  I usually don't even know I have them in.  My ears will itch a little inside because of moisture but that is easily taken care of. 
 
I do have Siemens digital aids for me.  I am profoundly deaf in the high ranges and only have a little high sound nerve endings left.  The aids bring what little high sounds I have up so they do help me.  Because my low sound hearing is very good, my ear mold has a hole drilled in it.  The hearing aids are tuned to high sounds and my low sounds I hear normally through that hole in the ear mold.
 
I've been wearing hearing aids since around 1994 and they have helped me a lot.  I'm sorry I didn't get them sooner.
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/18/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I'm not going to give up trying to find something, and I'm not going to settle, either!
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


LisaWalson
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   Posted 7/22/2010 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm wearing Phonak hearing aid, it is very very tiny. The hearing is palatable enough. I don't have any pain. I just had to get used to them for 3 days. And now everythinng is ok. I've read similar problem on http://hearing-aids.pissedconsumer.com/ . Maybe you can find something useful for you.

myjoy
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   Posted 7/22/2010 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband has hearing aids, as after testing, we found he does not hear 1/3 of what is said to him. He really has trouble with high pitched sounds. His hearing aids do help, but one quit working about a year ago, and he stopped wearing the other one. He says he hears better with them, but finds they are uncomfortable. We haven't been able to afford new ones for him as our insurance doesn't cover them. Hope you find a good fit for yourself. My husband had the molds done and did not find it uncomfortable - but he doesn't have fibro.
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