Faulty hearing.

My left ear drum was damaged  in a rapid decompression incident while in the Air Force in 64.  For reasons unknown to me, it just got very bad recently.  It's worse than bad hearing in both ears.  

I did all kinds of trouble shooting trying to find out what was wrong with my left channel before I discovered it was my left ear.  Now I want some new equipment, but I'm not buying any thing until my hearing problem is corrected.

My question to you is, have you, or  anyone that you have known, had hearing problems corrected?

I've worn hearing aids for about 15 years or so; currently I use in-ear ones so I can listen on headphones, too. It is absolutely true that hearing aids cannot bring back hearing you've permanently lost; they alter the 'curve' so it seems like more highs than are actually there. 

I've often noticed I hear the center image slightly left of center. Never had my hearing tested, but wouldn't be surprised of an inbalance of my ears.

orpheus10, it all depends. If the damage is neurological it is permanent. However, if the damage is mechanical it might be fixed. With a decompression injury the ear drum is blown outward taking the malleus with it possible tearing the ear drum and dislocating the ossicles. This can be determined with a 256 tuning fork. Is the hearing loss conductive or sensory? If conductive you need to fine an ENT surgeon who specilaizes in ear reconstruction. Good luck!!