I found the below post from a forum. I have bolded the important part. This man hears unaided better than I hear aided! It's likley his cochlear dead zones are around 1500Hz and especially at above 1500Hz. He did reach the pain threshold(120+ db) in the high frequencies. Ive said it before that my audiologist is correct that a 120db HL can't be touched/aided by any HA because you hit the pain threshold among other good reasons. I have learned so much by reading other's experiences with hearing loss and hearing aids.
Subject : HA recommendations for ski slope loss
I'm new to this forum, but have lived with hearing loss since birth (now 47 years old). I tried aids in the past (15 years ago), but they did not help. Latest audiogram (4/2/2007) shows 25 to 30 dB bilateral loss from 250 to 750 Hz, 70 dB at 1000 and 100 dB plus at 1500 and beyond. These numbers shows minor degradation from audiograms in 1992 and 2001. I function fairly well unaided in a business setting and on the phone, but have the typical struggles in noise. Obviously, technology has come a long way in 15 years and I'm ready to give aids another try. I have 2 sisters and a brother with similar loss and we've all made attempts with aids over the years without success, until recently. My oldest sister is participating in the University of Iowa's hybrid cochlear implant trial and is seeing benefit from a Savia 211 BTE in the ear that didn't get the implant. She let me try the Savia (with her mold), but the sound had an obnoxiously loud cheap transistor radio quality. Does anyone have any suggestions for an aid? I have an appointment on 4/12 to select an aid to trial. The audiologist is suggesting GN ReSound Metrix as an alternative to Savia or SaviaArt. I've read in some of the threads here that Phonak MicroPower can be inappropriate if your loss at the low frequencies is not high enough, is this true for other power aids as well. It may not be worth bothering to amplify frequencies above 2000 Hz, since I begin to experience pain with amplification just 5 dB beyond audibility.
Thanks in advance for any help.