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Hearing Aids in my 20s

mel_4earsmel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
Hello, I'm Mel. I got my hearing aids at 26 (I'm turning 29 on May 31st), and was just hollering out there to see if anyone else youngish has hearing aids. 
Fibromyalgia, hearing aids, depression, anxiety, OCD 

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears, hope you find someone! I started using a long cane when I was 19 (now 21) so can relate to things changing medically in your 20's :) 
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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Member Posts: 7,423 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears I have had hearing difficulties since the end of 2016, I have tried 2 different hearing aids to no avail. I've now been referred to a specialist hearing clinic. I'm 24 :)
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  • dolfrogdolfrog Member Posts: 440 Pioneering
    Hearing aids only help some who have a hearing various types of hearing impairment, ear problems, however hearing aids do no help those who have a listening disability, the brain having problem processing what the ears hear. 
    Unfortunately here in the UK we do not have many so called audiologists trained and qualified to carry out the full range of diagnostic tests regarding these complex issues. Which means unfortunately that they are only really hearing aid salesmen. and have no real understanding of audiology and the complex issues / problems  we may have to live with.
  • mel_4earsmel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
    @Ami2301 Good luck! Let me know how things go. 

    @Chloe_Scope It makes you feel like a premature old lady, doesn't it? Lol. 

    @dolfrog I've had a great experience with audiology, but I know it doesn't work out for everyone. Hope you find what works for you soon. 
    Fibromyalgia, hearing aids, depression, anxiety, OCD 
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Member Posts: 7,423 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @mel_4ears! My inbox is always open if you need to talk or anything :) How is your weekend going? :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • mel_4earsmel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
    Same for you! Thank you @Ami2301 My weekend's been stressful. I'm panicking about everything I'm not well enough to do lol. How are you? Do you have any nice plans for the summer?
    Fibromyalgia, hearing aids, depression, anxiety, OCD 
  • dolfrogdolfrog Member Posts: 440 Pioneering
    mel_4ears 
    The problem I have is with ignorant and incompetent UK audiologists. I was the first adult in the UK diagnose as having Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) back in 2003, to help the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) gain government funding for a 5 year research program. They needed a support organisation for those diagnosed as having APD in order to gain government funding. So I set up APDUK , in 2003 and the MRC got their funding in 2004, for  their research program 2004-2009 at Nottingham University run by Prof David Moore. According to their research those of us  who have APD need support from a multi discipline team made up of audiologists, speech and language pathologists, and psychologists.
    Since then the various so called UK audiologist professional bodies, 3 in all, have failed to even describe and explain the various types of APD to their members and have failed to provide any support for all of my family who all have  clinical diagnosis of having some form of APD. 
    So from our perspective most UK audiologists are purely ignorant frauds

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