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Roly
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May 6th, 2017 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's awful.
Hope the hearing aid thing works.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

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May 6th, 2017 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Brandy, I have been deaf in my left ear since I was 10 years old. Doctor decided it was from nerve damage when I had the mumps.

I have been told the same thing about the hearing aid "relay" from one ear to the functioning ear and have decided to pass.

That said, I have simply learned to live with it. I tend to stand on the side of the stage with my "good ear" facing the rest of the band. Simple stuff like that.

Occasionally I have some issues hearing some individual phrasing from the guitarist or keyboard...or singers in live gigs with my bands.

I find it a blessing that I can't hear the harmonica.

I am confident that regardless of the permanency of the hearing loss...you will over come the challenge to get back where you are comfortable performing in clubs, musical theatrical productions and other concerts.

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May 6th, 2017 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, Brandy, that sounds bad. I hope the aids work for you.

I'm sitting at gigs these days due to back and knee issues. I've had one knee replaced. It helps, but I still have trouble standing in one spot for any length of time.

Getting old is not for the faint of heart.

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May 6th, 2017 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to hear that LJ.

I was mis-diagnosed with Meniere's about 15 years ago. (I won't get into my rant about the *mis*diagnosis)

I was having severe attacks of vertigo and that alone was no fun.
When I got the "diagnosis" I was devastated. Being told "there is no cure" and that "hearing loss was inevitable". So I can certainly relate to to your state of mind.

I had about four weeks of that hopelessness before I saw a different specialist and was told that I indeed did *not* have Meniere's but BPVPV - Benign Post Viral Positional Vertigo and it would sort itself out over time, which it did.

I have had two short episodes of BPVPV since then and it has still freaked me out both times thinking *maybe* this time it *was* Meniere's.

I know my story has a happier ending than your present situation, but my mind most certainly went to all the same places you have recently.

Hang in there.

- Mick

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May 6th, 2017 10:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They say there's a chance.


Sorry to hear this news but I hope you can find a way to overcome this setback.

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May 7th, 2017 04:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow! I am so sorry!

Those direct injections of steroids hurt, huh? I had a few of those in my left ear for a suspected fistula. I also had suregery twice. They cut the ear drum out of the way and looked for/patched the leak. Then reattached the eardrum. I only have @50% of my hearing in that ear.

My prayers go up for you. Hearing loss is hard for a musician.

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May 7th, 2017 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So sorry to hear this, I hope you can learn to adapt and keep playing.

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May 7th, 2017 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm sorry about your hearing. I've done way more damage to my hearing playing music than any kind of loud piece of industrial equipment ever did.

LadyJazzer

Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
May 7th, 2017 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I find it a blessing that I can't hear the harmonica."


Wow, I hadn't thought of that. There is always an "upside", isn't there...?

;-)

Thanks for the kind words...

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May 7th, 2017 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our lead guitar player in the first band I was in was deaf in one ear (1960's). He played guitar from middle school until his 50's.

Ted Nugent destroyed his hearing in one ear years ago.

I have terrible arthritis that has been chewing through all my joints. I just played my first gig since getting two knee replacements in March. (It's early May now) It went better than I had expected.

Our bodies and minds are amazing. It's incredible what we get used to.

Tony Wright
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May 7th, 2017 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As they say:

Always look on the bright side of life....

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May 7th, 2017 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to hear LJ. Hope that the hearing aid provides a workable solution.

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May 7th, 2017 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to hear about your hearing problem. When I face one of those medical issues I try to find as many work around options as I can find. Others here have said it better than me. Keep working on what you can do and have a little faith.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
May 7th, 2017 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have significant hearing loss, based on a hearing test I had last year. Luckily, however, I seem to hear just fine, unless it's at a crowded party or similar event.

I wear audiologist fitted hearing projection at all my band's practices, but sometimes I don't when we play live.

MLC

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May 8th, 2017 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to hear this, LJ.

No experience myself, but I know Ryan Adams suffers from Meniere's Disease. From what I've seen and heard in interviews with him, it's affected him differently. And he's said that it can have different effects on different people. He experienced terrible tinnitus and dizziness.
He took some time away music to deal with it.
And he's back at it now, after doing that.

Not exactly sure of what all he tried, but it sounds like it was not a simple solution.

All the best you!

RA on his Meniere's Disease

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May 8th, 2017 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like Tony I also became totally deaf in my right ear from getting the mumps at a young age, and I've also had Maniere's. That lasted 2or3 months with intense dizzy spells, if I looked up or down real quick or turned my head sharply I'd get dizzy. I was ordered not to drive a car from my doctor, the dizziness and nausea was overwhelming for a while but it all went away just as suddenly as it came. YAY!

The Headphone experience is something I know nothing about so I'm not sure what I'd be missing or how much you rely on them but I now play in a 3 piece and I always take the right hand stage and make sure my monitor is on my left side. Good luck with this, you'll find a way to make everything work for you! I think you'd be surprised how many hearing impaired musicians there really are ... I heard about this guy named Beethoven.

Warren Pederson

Canada

May 9th, 2017 12:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

our daughter's guy is 27 and lost one ear at an early age and is one of the best saxophone players on earth playing all the big stages and festivals. His band is called Badbadnotgood from Toronto. They play all over the world with an amazing schedule, Glastonbury will be one stop. He has perfect pitch I'm sure. Says he just got used to it.

BBNG 2017 summer schedule

LadyJazzer

Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
May 9th, 2017 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for all the kind words... I get my new hearing aids on Friday. I'll let you know how it goes...

Mark From Hawaii
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May 10th, 2017 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hope everything goes okay for you Brandy.

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May 12th, 2017 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm sorry to hear about this - my mother had Meniere's. I do remember her managing the vertigo that came with it via a select diet in an effort to keep it under control.

Best of luck to you.

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