Full Circle

I am working on a setting up an appointment with audiologist #2 (who will forevermore be referred to as “my audiologist”) to pick out hearing aids.  Deja vu, anyone?

I went to the ENT today.  First, let me say I loved Dr. O.  He is awesome.  Very knowledgeable and personable.  Just a great doctor, so that was good.

I started out by telling him I had two conflicting audiograms and he jumped right in and said we’d re-test, so re-test we did. Continue reading »


Today was my audiology appointment with the new audiologist.  When we started out, I asked if she had my audiograph from the first appointment, and she looked at me funny.  I told her my DVR counselor sent it to her a week ago, and she went to her desk and found it, unopened, in an envelope on her desk.  Awesome.

As she sat and looked at it, she kept saying it was “odd”.  I asked her what she meant, and she said that for someone my age, it was not a typical sensorineural hearing loss presentation.  It seems that a “normal” audiograph for sensorineural hearing loss will show normal hearing range in the low tones, and then gradually decrease as the tones get higher, making a downward slope on the graph as the loss progresses.  Mine is the exact opposite, with the loss at its worst in the lowest tones, and gradually getting better and reaching the normal range in the high tones. Continue reading »

Hearing Aids on the Horizon

I had my DVR meeting yesterday.  The good news?  My hearing aids are going to be covered 100%!  The bad news?  My counselor did some price shopping and said that the other local audiologist offered the SAME hearing aids that my doctor recommended for $700 less PER hearing aid.  Of course they’d rather save $1,400 than let me continue with my audiologist, but then this slows everything down because now I have to go to a NEW audiologist for a NEW evaluation and kind of start over there.  If my doctor could compete, I could order the hearing aids right now.  NOW! Continue reading »

Crazy Day

Today has been hectic.  Calista had off school early, so I had to get her.  Dismissal is supposed to be 1 pm.  At 12:55 pm I got up from my desk to go get her (school is right across the street from my work) and I see her walk in the door!  This is the SECOND time she’s shown up at my work on an early dismissal day BEFORE school is supposed to be out.  I called the school to confirm the ED time and they said “1 pm” so I asked why it was that my child arrives at my work up to ten minutes BEFORE 1 PM because she’s let out before I even get there to get her?  No good answer on that, other than, “Classes getting ready a bit early.” Continue reading »


I received an email from my DVR counselor today saying that she has all of the information she needs now (she was waiting on the information from the audiologist) to review my case and make a decision as to if I am entitled to assistance and if so, how much.  My fingers are tightly crossed for at least half the cost of the hearing aids to be covered.  I feel really hopeful about this for some reason…

Other than that, just plugging along with mono and this stupid rib.  It’s been nine weeks since I got sick.  My rib had been getting a bit better, but then my mom came for a visit and we did a little too much laughing, which rally set me back.  I ended up ordering a rib belt to try to keep it more compressed, and it helps, but it still hurts pretty darn bad when I cough or sneeze… or laugh too hard.  Then my meds ran out Friday and stupid me didn’t call in time to get the refill, so I was left without them for two days which meant more pain and the cough coming back.  It was misery but thankfully, I got my refill this morning and the cough has settled down again.  I can’t wait to be over this!