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Created on November 12, 2023 at 11:20 am

Even though I have tracking turned off every way I can, I still see ads for hearing aids all over the place online. I suppose that’s because it’s hard to hide when one CARDINAL occupies a demographic bulls-eye.

They’re wasted anyway because I’ve done my deal with Costco ORG . Consumer Reports top-rates Costco ORG ’s best offering, and that’s what I’ll pick up later this month DATE when I’m back in Santa Barbara GPE and can go to the Costco ORG store in Goleta PERSON . (There are none here in Bloomington GPE . Nor a Trader Joe’s. Since those are our two CARDINAL dessert island requirements, we suffer.)

I’ve had my hearing tested at Costco ORG

three CARDINAL times: in 2019, 2021 DATE , and last month DATE . Each test looked roughly like what you see in the audiogram above, which is a test I did in September DATE with my new Apple ORG

AirPods Pro. PRODUCT (2nd Generation). I got those because they kinda work as hearing aids. (In “transparency” mode. If you have them, give it a try.) The main problem with the ‘pods is that they tell people I’m not listening to them. Also, they tend to fall out of my head.

As you see from that audiogram, my hearing loss is moderate at worst. And that notch at 4 kHz QUANTITY is at least partly due to tinnitus. At all times I hear several separate tones between 4 CARDINAL and 7 kHz QUANTITY at a volume that runs between 30 and 60 CARDINAL db, depending on the time of day DATE and how much I’ve been exposed to loud sounds. (Amplified concerts, lawnmowers, and vacuum cleaners crank my tinnitus up to eleven DATE , for hours TIME afterward.)

Since my hearing loss doesn’t test as severe, each Costco ORG audiologist hat tested me has recommended against getting hearing aids. (Their tests were also far more complete than what I got from my otorhinolaryngologist, whose office also pitched me on hearing aids costing upwards of $ 5k MONEY .)

The hearing aids won’t help my APD ORG , and certainly not my ADHD (which actually isn’t that bad, IMHO). But they also won’t hurt. We’ll see—or hear—how it goes.

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