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demi

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This may be an odd question, but is there a reason my LDLs from one audiologist could be very different from another audiologist?

Last May my LDLs were taken by a different audiologist than who I went to yesterday, and I have noticed progress in my everyday life of things that used to hurt me a few months ago and that don't anymore, but for whatever reason my LDLs look like they have dropped?

The audiologist was also a bit skeptical because she said the conversation we had been having would be louder than what these LDLs have shown, so she thought I just was pressing the button too soon, but I think the test was different then the time before in May, but I am not positive. 

I just am discouraged now after seeing those numbers apparently drop, but I definitely felt as I was making progress.

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Aplomado

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I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were different- using different equipment, different earpieces etc.  If your ears are feeling better, that's the main thing... I'd go back to your original audiologist next.

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Paulbe

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Do you mean the numbers went backwards or you've gone backwards?  If you don't feel any worse than before, then the numbers aren't worth your worry.  You don't always get consistency of quality moving from practitioner to practitioner.
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demi

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I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were different- using different equipment, different earpieces etc.  If your ears are feeling better, that's the main thing... I'd go back to your original audiologist next.

The audiologist who first tested my LDLs was not yet trained in TRT. I finally was able to get an appointment with the only certified TRT specialist in Illinois, so that is who did my testing yesterday. Though I did think about going back to the first audiologist just to see what he testing would say.

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Aplomado

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demi, if you are hurting less, you are getting better!  [smile]
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demi

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I just can't stop thinking about the numbers being lower, I wonder if it is worth it to go back to the first audiologist to see what her test would say this time around.
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Rob

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is there a reason my LDLs from one audiologist could be very different from another audiologist?

Different equipment, a different audiologist, a different way of administering the test, and perhaps even different instructions could account for this.  Another possibility is that you pressed the button too soon, as the audiologist suggested.

Based on the progress you feel you have made, I suspect if the audiologist who administered the LDL yesterday had done so 6 months ago, the results from yesterday would have shown improvement over 6 months ago. 

It sounds like you are making progress.  I wouldn't be concerned or discouraged.  But there is an easy way to find out that doesn't involve taking another test at this time.  If your LDLs were in the 60s yesterday and the sound of conversation was not painful to you, then your LDLs are unquestionably higher than in the 60s and your audiologist was right to suspect it was simply that you may have pressed the button too soon.

Rob

 

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