need some possibilities regarding CICs

Terri Siegel artemis at mindspring.com
Mon May 15 06:39:32 EST 1995


All right everybody...Put your thinking caps on here for me, please.  I have a 
patient whom I recently fit with an Argosy CIC with a K-amp circuit for his 
high frequency hearing loss.  The real ear looks ideal!  As pretty as you 
could possibly achieve.  He loves the sound.  The fit is comfortable and there 
is no feedback problems at all.  Sounds ideal, right?

But.....his complaint (and this is an experienced user who by the way is 
wearing a linear class D mini canal in his other ear) is that after wearing 
the aid for a few hours, his hearing deteriorates to the point that when he 
removes the hearing aid, he appears to hear better without it than with it, 
but at the same time, he feels that his actual hearing thresholds have 
decreased in that time.  I had him put a new battery in the aid, insert the 
aid first thing in the morning, and come to my office when this phenomenon 
occurred.

When he came in, I removed the aid, which was inserted properly, left it 
running on my desk and checked his hearing levels.  As expected, there was no 
change, although he swore to me that it certainly seemed that there was.  The 
aid was performing exactly to specs with an electroacoustic check.  Real ear 
was still beautiful.  

I know this man personally as well as professionally and know how much he 
wants the CICs over anything else.  I am out of ideas as to what is causing 
this other than adaptation?  What about you?


Terri in GA	



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