Thursday, May 1, 2008

Hearing aid update

Today I had a mold made for a new, in-the-ear hearing aid. It really is a simple process--you go in, the technician crams lots of sponge down your ear canal (which hurts) and she fills up the rest of your ear with putty which then dries in the shape of your ear. The new hearing aid should be ready in about two weeks.

While I was there, I asked the technician , Rachel, about the Lyric hearing aid (which was featured in a New York Times article forwarded to me by pretty much everyone on the planet). Her response: well, you know how it really hurt when I put the sponge in? And how you whined that it was making the nerves in your jaw go haywire? Well, that is because you had surgery on your ear. And the Lyric is going to go in even further. It will hurt even more!

So, no, I will not be going for the Lyric. :(

As an aside, should one's hearing aid technician be happy that another hearing aid might cause one pain? Does that mean Rachel is a sadist? Should I be concerned? Or do you think that this is simply a little quirk she has and that she is otherwise harmless and would not do anything untoward to my new hearing aid?

7 comments:

Batya said...

Sort of like the dentist?
After the novacain wears off, ouch!! That's how I feel today. Yesterday I didn't feel a thing.

I read that article, and if I had a hearing problem, of course my kids claim I already do, I'd never be able to put anything down my ear.

Easy for me to say, but wear your hearing aid proudly, you're a survivor!!

kleine Maus said...

She is just honest, this winter we too did have to take the same treat you had, hearing protection from Otoplastics.
It just felt uncomfortable and you were forbidden to laugh, no pain at all just tremendous irritation because of silcone in my ears.

Did read this inner ear hearing aid to be some American trend, allthoug
"invisible" these things are of less quality than the outer ear systems?

PVDad said...

Just as an aside...I came across your post..I am two days in to using the Lyrics and have no pain except some occassional discomfort that seems to come and go.

So far they are great and I am on the 30 day trial...

I started a blog to keep my thoughts straight if you want to follow along.

http://heartriangle.blogspot.com/

Best of luck!!

Gila said...

PVDad--will look at your blog. The reason that I might suffer pain is because I underwent surgery on the ear in question. Apparently this affects the shape of the ear. I also have damage to the nerves in my jaw and found that the insertion of the sponge caused the nerves to go haywire.

In short--nothing that is the fault of the sponge (or hearing aid, as the case may be) but particular peculiarities specific to my ears!

the dame said...

I think in some ways it may be the nature of dealing with hearing aids all day. When you work with something constantly, you cannot help but have a more clinical or sometimes casual approach to the products or services you handle than th customer might. Sometimes she just probably forgets that "oh, wow. THAT ONE? That one REALLY hurts." is not perhaps the most sensitive way to express the sentiment to a patient.

I have a friend who is an EMT. She has learned that when the blood drains from our faces and we start to sway a bit - it means that we may not have the same clinical, relatively unemotional fascination with the workings of the human body that she has. But she's a wonderful person. It's just that constant exposure. She can't help it.

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