posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 09:41 PM
reply to post by Uphill
We hear multiple reasons for hearing loss. Music is blamed a lot. One thing we don't hear about is not exactly a sound. It is the air pressure
battering on the ear drum by wind. Most commonly caused--especially to guys--by driving with the car window down and air buffeting the left ear.
This explains the left ear hearing-loss syndrome, but the reason is usually explained as road noise and machine noise, not the wind itself.
And, you youngsters, don't think that a set of pricy hearing aids, about 43k bucks, will solve your hearing problem. I can tell you they are not a
solution. They can help a bit in some situations, but they are not a solution.
For anyone, yourself or a friend or family member that is thinking of getting hearing aids, I would insist that the purchased have a 30-day money-back
policy. Hearing aids these days are more or less one-size-fits-all in physical apperance, The ;molded to the ear variety are passe. The innards of
the new type are adjusted to the individual by a wireless computer program for specific ranges of loss. So if you were to demand a refund those same
units can be adjusted to the next person. The seller is not going to be taking a huge loss.
I have had two units since mid-summer. I'm still not sure of my position on them. Despite the insistance of the seller, I will not wear them all of
the time because I don't socialize that much and that was the only reason I wanted them, for female voice ranges. Those particular ranges, enhanced
for me with the units, tend to be very annoying when walking in leaves, gravel and with high-pitched birds and crickets noises. Some noises are
enhanced and changed far beyond a normal range.
So there is no current ideal solution. Prevention is the word. Wear ear protection when engaged in noisy activities and keep that car window up.