I wanted to take a moment to talk about those people who are wondering if they should pursue hearing aids or not. It is true that the affects of sharply sloping high frequency hearing impairment are so subtle it is hard to determine whether hearing aids will be benecial. However, if you find yourself in an audiologists office talking about hearing aids I don't think a hearing test can determine how good a candidate you are for hearing aids. I am not talking about the obvious seperation between those who have normal hearing who don't need help from those who have moderate hearing impairment who definetly need help. Who I am talking about are those who suffer from sharply sloping high frequency hearing impairment with areas of normal hearing. I feel there is a huge risk in looking at a audiogram and saying you are a borderline candidate and you don't need hearing aids. That is not to say every person with any hearing loss will definetly benefit from hearing aids. The point is that two people with the same hearing loss can have dramitically different experiences with hearing aids. One person might find them an to be an indespensible part of thier life and the next might not even be able to tell any change at all. In those grey areas there is no way to determine which side of that spectrum you will land without experiencing them first hand. If you don't try you will never know what could be. If you try and there is no improvement the peice of mind gained through the expereince is more than worth the time and trial fee spent to answer those questions, that drove you to the audiologist office in the first place.