When Good Hearing Aids Turn Bad…Then Good Again

All is now well with the world. After the hissing Danalogics were prematurely whipped away last Thursday, I had a disastrously brief re-acquaintance with my old friend, the Chroma S and a brand new matching twin. Unfortunately it was no longer my friend. It seemed to have suffered the hearing aid equivalent of a stroke during programming, and when it came round, insisted it needed to have a set of closed domes. Big ones. Then even bigger ones. It then tried to blow my cochleas inside out as I left the hospital, and when that failed, it had another go back at the studio. When that failed too, it had a huge feedback tantrum in front of the students and inserted a wall of noise over everything they tried to say to me.

That was it. The naughty Chroma S twins were put in their box and told they weren’t getting out again until they could be seen by a specialist. I dialled clinic O in a state of some distress on Fri, and they very efficiently arranged a meeting with a senior audiologist this morning.

The senior audiologist was very nice, and listened patiently to my somewhat incoherent attempt to explain why I was getting my knickers in such a twist. I asked her if anything could be done to cure the Chroma S twins, and if there was anything more that could have been done with the Danalogics, since I found the speech quality and music quality very good with them. The senior audiologist said a confident ‘Yes’ on both counts, and suggested what, to my mind, was a very sensible plan of action, without me even having to ask for anything. She said she would test my hearing to make sure we had a nice up to date audiogram. Then she would restore the original settings on the left Chroma S and match them for the new right aid to get them usable. She promised I’d never see a powerdome again. Then she said she would make another appointment for me in a month’s time to come back and see if the Danalogics could be successfully de-hissed. I could keep both pairs of aids for a bit, compare them outside of a soundproofed room, and make a decision which ones were best. Hurrah! I was extremely happy with this, and even happier when the hearing test revealed absolutely no change in my hearing since I was first tested in 2010. Hurrah! That’s unusual, apparently.

With a few clicks of the mouse, the trusty Chroma S and its twin were soon back to their friendly old selves. I thanked the senior audiologist profusely and sincerely for releasing me from my torment, and positively skipped along the corridor, hearing only the joyously unadulterated sound of corridor. Hurrah!

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6 Responses to “When Good Hearing Aids Turn Bad…Then Good Again”


  1. 1 Rose March 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

    You’ll have to imagine my happy dance.

  2. 2 Eloise March 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Yay!!! I’m so glad you’ve managed to get something sorted! Hopefully this will be a good, quick journey to getting the best hearing aids possible! 😀

  3. 3 moiradancer March 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I must say clinic O is currently doing its very best by its least deaf and most hearing aid consuming customer at the moment, for which I am very grateful. My students are even more grateful 🙂

  4. 4 Rose March 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

    You will be ready to play another game of “What’s that noise” again soon. My husband is ready to blow his brains out each time I get new hearing aids because I spend weeks asking what that noise is and it takes him ages to figure it out because he’s always known that thing made a noise. I’m sat here eating a packet of crisps and am just now today, age 34, learning that crisp packets make noise when you furtle in them for a crisp.

    Made all the more interesting by my frequency transposition, tinnitus and cookie bite cortex when I try to do an impression of the noise I am hearing so he can help me track it to the source. Maybe you should forewarn the other half? It’s a cracking way to get the flat to yourself for a while, anyway…

    • 5 moiradancer March 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Heehee! “What’s that noise?” is the spouse’s least favourite question from yours truly, running a close second to “What did you just say there?” and the even less popular “What did they just say there?”, which requires a bit more work on his part to decipher. Funnily enough, the answer always starts with “Oh for god’s sake”, no matter who said what.

      Now, Rose, with respect to your crisp packet furtling, sounds like you have been very lucky to escape from cinemas alive with your Quavers up till now 😉 The big existential question is: what kind of noise does crisp packet furtling make? In hearing aid reality, the only thing we can be sure of is that it won’t be crisp packet noise, and it won’t be the sound of angel’s wings beating to a heavenly choir, either. Even with the pleasant association of the crisps, I’m guessing it may be more of a big tarpaulin flapping in 100 mile an hour winds kind of a noise, at the very least.

      Fortunately, I can hear a crisp packet rustle at 100 paces unaided, my salivary glands will testify to that, but I was horrified to discover a couple of weeks ago, that other people make chewing noises when they eat. Put me right off my pork scratchings that did…

  5. 6 Rose March 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    How did you know I was eating Quavers? Witchcraft!

    I don’t even move in the cinema as I’m always scared I’m making a noise. I even make random noises from accidentally holding my breath then making a squeaking sound, so I sit through the film concentrating carefully upon breathing in and out. Very relaxing.


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