My right hearing aid is acting up today. It will start up normally, but if it moves around in my ear at all, or if I try to adjust it, it turns off. I think it may be just moisture in the aid - the temperature has definitely been rising around here and I've been outside (and sweating) more often. My aids go in a Dry 'n Store every night, but I will be going to the audiologist to see if they can dry it out and clean it more fully. They always do a good job. Hopefully, that's the only issue.
So, right now, I'm not wearing my right hearing aid - it going on and off was more annoying than just taking it out. My right ear is my "bad" ear (see my audiogram here), and I can definitely feel a difference with it out but my left aid still on. Everything feels sort of off-balance and strange.
I was curious how many people deal with one good ear and one deaf ear every day, what is known as unilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears is bilateral - makes sense) or single sided deafness. ASHA estimates that 391,000 elementary-school aged students in the US have unilateral hearing loss, but I can't find the statistic on people in general, or adults. I think a lot of people tend to assume that if someone has a hearing loss it would be in both ears. Anybody have a better/more useful statistic about unilateral hearing loss, or any stories they want to share?