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Speech discrim after correction of conductive hearing loss

gandalf at infi.net gandalf at infi.net
Wed Oct 1 08:55:38 EST 1997

>        Um, why on earth would you put a hearing aid on a normal ear?

>        Maybe I'm missing something really obvious here.  If he had a
>maximum conductive hearing loss that has been corrected to 15 dB HL or
>better across audiometric frequencies, he should be grateful and if he
>can't hear whispers, big woo.  I don't mean to sound crass or rude, but I
>have rarely seen maximum conductives corrected to 15 dB or better across
>frequencies and if this guy truly got that much improvement, he should
>thank his surgeon and humbly go about his life IMHO.  

>        Despite the correction, he still does not have and will never have
>a "normal" ear and should not expect the operated ear to work the same as
>the unoperated ear.  If discrim is WNL at a resonable volume, and nothing
>else is going on, this man seems to be in need of some counseling rather
>than a hearing aid.  And why a Senso in particular?  Its still a hearing
>aid, even if it is "digital."


Actually, Susan, I think Kimberley was making a joking comment on the Senso 
thread, not actually proposing one for this man.


  Does anyone know of any ways of "strengthening"
>> that ear?  I have some ideas, and I was wondering what other
>> audiologists might suggest.   (I thought about having him get a WIDEX
>> SENSO for that ear, but Canada is too far away!)
>> Kimberly

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