Q. My hearing fluctuates during the hours and days after my chemotherapy treatments. Changing my hearing aids’ volume either makes them too soft or too loud. Is there anything else that can be done so I can hear comfortably as I go through the next two months of my treatments?
A. Chemotherapy can have a distinct impact on hearing. The impact can vary day to day, and hour to hour. The fluctuation a person feels can be about more than volume. Sometimes certain pitched sounds are more aggravating. At other times certain pitched sounds are harder to discern and understand. It varies.
Contact your hearing center. They should provide you with alternative settings to use depending on your hearing’s sensitivity. You can use your smartphone, a remote, or the buttons on the hearing aids to switch between the settings as needed. You can alter the volume in each of the settings, too, for your preference and comfort level.
The impact on a person’s hearing from chemotherapy can improve for 6-8 weeks after the end of treatments. Generally, your hearing level two months after the end of treatment is your new ‘normal’. Have your hearing center re-test your hearing at that point for a post-treatment baseline, and to re-adjust your hearing aids as needed.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. We adjust Oticon and Phonak aids. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase.