My Hearing Aids Do Not Help Me at All
PB is a 57-year-old male who has been on a 4-week trial of bilateral behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids after self-referring to his audiologist. PB originally presented to his audiologist seeking an audiological examination and a hearing aid trial. PB stated that his hearing had been slowly deteriorating over the past 5 years to the point where he was having difficulty hearing in most listening environments and particularly in noisy listening environments. This was starting to negatively affect PB’s work as an accountant where he regularly attended meetings with groups of clients and talked to clients over the phone. It was also starting to affect PB’s home life where he often had to look after his “quickly speaking” grandchildren, and his need to increase the volume on the television was becoming a source of agitation between him and his wife. PB also reported infrequently hearing a “buzzing noise” in his head; no history of vertigo, noise exposure, or hearing loss in the family; and no significant medical events other than taking over-the-counter medication for hay fever.