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"...russ69, you seem to know more about this than any one. Is it possible to get perfect hearing with hearing aids?..."
Maybe I should not post this but I have completely lost my hearing in one ear. I have recently had cochlear implant surgery. The sound of the implant is poor, like a cheap transistor radio with a busted speaker. On the other hand I did get a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) demo and I thought that sounded very good. The BAHA uses your good ear so you would still have single sided hearing. I have never had traditional hearing aids because one ear is non-working and the other ear is quite good.
You should see an ENT and see where you are and go from there but from what I'm told (and I asked many doctors) there is no replacing the hearing you once had.
I had the hearing tests done, and I hear half as good in my left ear. I forgot the precise results, but I'll get them and get back to you.
I trust you more than people in the hearing aid business.
I spent an awful lot of money seeing specialists about back problems when nothing could be done, but doctors kept sending me to other doctors; I'll never repeat that again.
orpheus10, it all depends. If the damage is neurological it is permanent. However, if the damage is mechanical it might be fixed. With a decompression injury the ear drum is blown outward taking the malleus with it possible tearing the ear drum and dislocating the ossicles. This can be determined with a 256 tuning fork. Is the hearing loss conductive or sensory? If conductive you need to fine an ENT surgeon who specilaizes in ear reconstruction. Good luck!!