"I don't have too much trouble with music, just conversation."
I fractured my temporal bone, ruptured my ear canal, and have some nerve damage as well. My equilibrium goes out about every six months, and I have constant tinnitus, I cant stand complete silence. one thing I learned in my trips to various specialists is that people have a dominant ear, in regards to conversation anyway. for most people, its is the right ear, or at least I was told. I have a lot of trouble following a conversation, especially if there is more than one person involved. Music comes through much clearer, to the point if there is background music at a party or something, I can barley follow any conversation.
Much of what I do hear out of my right ear is very distorted. I've finally broke down and got a decent guitar, solid top back and sides, some sort of fancy satin finish on the neck , and man, the tactile feedback makes such a difference.