Delay in hearing test

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Straub Medical Center

David has had tinnitus for several months. He had both ears cleaned and took antibiotics to cure his ear infection. However, the tinnitus continues. It basically sounds like crickets chirping in his left ear.

He was referred to the ENT department at Straub Medical Center and saw Amber, a physician’s assistant. She told him that both ears look normal and clean. If he still has tinnitus, then it could be due to hearing loss. His brain notices a loss in certain frequencies and makes up for it with artificial sounds.

The only thing to do is to have a hearing test. But, there is only one audiologist and one machine in the entire ENT department at Straub. The earliest appointment would be in March — six months away!!!

I cannot believe this.

March is much too late.

What is wrong with Straub? Surely, with the prevalence of hearing loss among the elderly here in Hawaii, Straub would hire more audiologists and purchase more machines.

This delay in testing is unconscionable, and it upsets David.

I think he should seek treatment elsewhere, but it won’t be covered by his HMO insurance plan. However, the initial consultation is free.

P.S. David has made an appointment for a consultation at the Family Hearing Center in Pearl City on September 30. Let’s hope for the best.

15 Responses to “Delay in hearing test”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I hope that I get results. I checked out the company and it got a rating of 4.9 on a scale of 5. Their website mentions that they treat tinnitus. I am hoping for significant improvement.

  2. AC Says:

    I have tinnitus in both ears with both crickets and motors involved. I hear them clearly right now, but most of the time my brain hardly registers the noise, which can be quite profound. It is livable. I have even been known to embrace the noise to centre my mind when trying to fall asleep. I know that some people get adjustments in their hearing aids to help deal with the noise if they can’t live with it, and that seems to be the route that you are going to take.

  3. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …fortunately this isn’t I problem for me, but I’ve listened to too much loud music and worked around loud machinery without ear protection.

  4. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Glad David has an appointment. I have tinnitus filters in my hearing aids, they don’t block it completely, but do make a difference! Valerie

  5. Douglas Morris Says:

    6 months!! I’d be angry too! I’m glad David made an appointment elsewhere, I hope it isn’t too expensive but he shouldn’t be made to sit around for months. I have a friend who suffers with this and I know it can be too much sometimes. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some good news for David after the 30th.

  6. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Six months seems ridiculous and hope he gets in sooner. I have had it for about 20 years and like AC said, I have learned to mostly ignore it till I hear someone say the word or read it. Then I become aware of it again. Hope he gets some relief. It can be maddening in the beginning.

  7. dkzody Says:

    Are you Costco members? I have friends who are and have had great results with Costco’s hearing centers and with their hearing aids. I am not a fan of Costco, but should Terry or I lose our hearing, I’ll get a membership just so we can take advantage of the hearing center. The hearing aids are not covered by any insurance, but Costco’s prices are the lowest.

  8. Elephant's Child Says:

    I am very sorry to read this and hope the appointment next week brings relief.

  9. threeamigosmama Says:

    I go to Straub too so am disappointed to learn that David has to wait till March to be seen. Can you contact your insurance and inform them of your dilemma and see if they would okay his visit to the outside service provider with coverage. Under this circumstance, I would think they would make an exception. Good luck.

  10. DJan Says:

    I have tinnitus in my left ear. Occasionally I hear a clicking noise but it doesn’t bother me too much and usually goes away. I know it can be awful if you have it bad. I hope David can be seen and get some relief.

  11. Christine Says:

    Good luck to David!

  12. Nancy Chan Says:

    Hope the medical expert will get to know the actual problem and treat David’s ear infection.

  13. Iris Empereur Says:

    Ingo works in a LOUD workplace and got these “hearing aids” ordered (no idea if HTML is allowed on wordpress, so I just put in the link:
    They might help.
    I have a “tiny” tinnitus and hearing aids helped when I was at the doc (it´s not that annoying yet),
    Is a great translator, if you are interested.
    Tinnitus sucks big.

  14. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I’ve had tinnitus for at least 25 years and it’s so frustrating. I still seem to hear OK — but it’s always a background sound for me. I wish David well.

  15. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    I have had tinnitis for a very long time in my left ear. I will be interested to fnd out what the medical profession says about it. I just learn to live with it and try products that claim to help. One of these days, one of them will work.

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