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Gern Musicians with Hearing Aids (103* d) RE: Musicians with Hearing Aids 21 Mar 04

I have major loss in both ears, resulting from genetics, measles and loud music. Tinnitus and high tone loss come from playing music, sadly more damaging to hearing already impaired. After considerable experimenting, I have settled on digital hearing aids: Phonax brand. Very expensive, with no insurance help, which is quite typical. These have pre-set programs to trigger compressors and handle situations with competing noise. My music is now entirely acoustic, and the aids have helped a lot. It's a miserable thing for someone who loves music, and it's very difficult to cope with socially. Hearing loss is also very difficult for loved ones to live with, because we retreat and give up when communication becomes too frustrating. I sympathize with the many who have posted here.

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