Skip to comments.Are you happy with your hearing aids? or not?
Posted on 11/28/2012 10:40:50 AM PST by ex-snook
If you are happy and you know it clap your hands.
But also please mention the brand, cost estimate and why you like it.
or if you don't like it that info would also be appreciated.
Second hand info welcome.
Thanks for help.
W H A T ?
I’ve worn hearing aids for the past 15 years. My current ones are Bernafon Hearing Aids that I got at Cosco for ~800.00 each several years ago. They are programable, have different settings depending on conditions, and have background noise filters.
I have to say that I am satisfied with them. I find that I am sometimes able to hear better behind me than in front and that the noise filters will sometimes kick on at the wrong times. I have yet to wear a hearing aid that can handle a crowded, noisy room, but all-in-all, my experience has been very good.
About a year ago, I developed a sever case of tinnitus. A high pitched ringing in my ears that prevented me from sleeping. It came on suddenly, no build up.
Doc gave me sleeping pills. “This dose will keep a horse down for 12 hours”. I was awake in four.
Spent a day up at OHSU in Portland. Found that the tinnitus
frequency was at the same point where my hearing loss began.
I didn’t know I had any loss!!!
Went to a hearing specialist in Medford and got fitted with
the mid range Widex hearing aids which produces background
white noise in the frequency range where I had lost hearing.
Cost for everything was $4,500 and I would have paid ten
times that for what they have done for me. Gave me back my
Find an Audiologyst who isn’t just a hearing aid salesman.
Preferably, Board Certified.
Siemens makes quality hearing aids.
Adding to my post. The Widex are programmable, they can be
aimed front, sides, or to the rear which makes it great when
you’re driving and want to talk to the wife. It also comes
with a small computer pack which you can wear on a strap around your neck which does all the above and bluetooths your
cell to your hearing aids.
For what it’s worth, the audiologist in Medford had me try
four other manufactures and nothing even came close to the
One more thing, go to an Audiologist. Huge difference in
knowledge and technology than some guy selling hearing aids.
Siemens - my wife just purchased 4 from an Ebay participant - 2 need adjustment but two are very good. These were the basic Siemens but are still probably worth about $600-$1000 each -we got the 4 for $125 plus postage - it was certainly worth the risk we took. MY wife is quite happy with the outcome. The hearing specialist wanted $5000 each for the top brand Siemens plus fitting (- i.e. a moulded earpiece) and adjustment.
Be certain to have your hearing checked by qualified Hearing specialist(s) prior to purchasing any hearing aids of excessive cost. Hearing problems can all be different. Volume is one thing, but then there’s also nerve loss that can leave a person with incredibly strange hearing patterns, and often unique that the newer types of hearing aids with mini computers can be set to pick up.
I don’t have but old, and I mean old hearing aids from the seventies that are good only as volume, but due my nerve loss problems they only compound my hearing dilemma.
I don’t wear hearing aids at all for many years now, because I read enough BS, I don’t want to hear it as well.
Living in the country with nobody around I don’t need the expense. I can hear my wife. She has a voice identical to that which was Lucille Ball’s, so I’m safe there.
You are right. They are very expensive.
I have Siemens brand. Have no idea of the cost as the Army issued them to me. When I first wore them I heard EVERYTHING! Even when I went to the bathroom I couldn’t believe how much noise urine hitting water makes. I now only wear them in meetings or classes. Overall I think they are OK. They are the behind the ear kind by the way.
Dad tried the "in the ear" types two different times, a couple years apart and different brands. The didn't help at all so he sent them back. I'll ask him to try the "behind the ear" type.
Meant to say, he can hear everything just fine except the human voice. He can hear cars driving past the house, water dripping, birds singing, but hears mumbling went it comes to people talking. Yes, he’s gone to audiologists and tried the $5k types. We have to speak distinctly and slower but he still misses a lot. He was a bump on a log at Thanksgiving and went home early I suspect because he couldn’t understand anyone.
Husband had a hard time wearing hearing aids. I think he went through about two before he finally got a Miracle Ear (for both ears). He’s done a lot better with those; but he still likes just going au natural, I think he would no matter what brand he had. - Miracle Ear was expensive; but we’d just wasted a lot of money before that. This way, he has good quality when he wants and needs it. - I wonder if the Esteem surgery is what it claims.
If I could hear all the crap that goes on around me I would be really crazy!
Get the Seimens digital version, top of the line. It adjusts automatically to background and shuts down loud noises you might encounter, like a tray slapping a table, or gun fire.
The unit is plugged into a computer and can be custom programmed for your hearing loss.
The earpiece is nearly invisible in the ear. Also durable, mine has lasted over 7 years and still going strong.
They’re expensive....$3000+, but worth it.
Firstly, you need to have your hearing tested by someone that really knows what they’re doing and has lots of experience. There are several good brands (as others have mentioned), but some may be better than others, depending upon your level of hearing loss.
Pinging R B for his experience.
My ‘hearing aid’ costs $15 at Bass Pro Shop. It works well enough for me. They last on average 6 months before they tear up from use. Batteries last a week.
I could buy twenty or more of these for the cost of one of the fancy ones.........
Can you think of anything that might possibly have led to this or be connected with it, such as more noise exposure, something you were consuming, or a change in overall health?
(BTW I am noticing the same thing.)
Now, I remember you posting that before. I have to give those a try, RB.
I have the ones that fit inside my ears and you can’t see them unless you are really looking. Can’t remember the name of them. They were about $2,500 for each one. I can hear, so yes, of course i love them.
Hearing aids? Is that some kind of aids you get from what you listening to bad stuff?
You do know the VA provides audiology testing, hearing aids and parts for free?
Thanks much for your replies. Thanks for the additional VA info. I’ll check into that for myself soon. My wife was the present needy. She was looking for something invisible. I told her to keep dreaming, in the ear did not get the same applause as the behind the ear. Siemens got the most nods. But it looks like most of the Freepers are not at the hearing problem age yet.
Anyone else, or anything else would be appreciated.
I’ve worn hearing aids since I was 25. I’ve had 3 different brands over the years. By far, Starkey was my favorite but I had to take out a 2nd mortgage on the house to pay for them. Unfortunately, though they still work, they were outdated and I had to get a new pair.
I prefer in-the-ear aids as the ones outside hurt my ears as they put pressure on them where they are so close to my head.
The aids I have now were only $2,000. I test drove an $8,000 pair for a couple of weeks and hated them. Made traffic and grocery carts sound like jackhammers and the earpiece slid so far into the ear canal it itched like crazy. The new pair I wound up buying were much cheaper and for my type of hearing loss work as well as the more expensive brand. They amplify everything except the human voice, especially childrens’ and womens’ voices. I still hear “wah wah wah” most of the time. Voices were the same even on the most expensive aids. Getting folks to look at me before they start speaking works best and most people are considerate about doing that.
Now, for telephone & TV, go with a hearing loop. I have one for the phone at work and can hardly wait to get one for the TV. You have to have a T-coil in your aids for them to work, but even the cheaper brands have that now.
Closed captioning was great, but most channels don’t coordinate the verbage with the action anymore. It’s not so bad for the news when the newscaster’s face is on camera so you can read his lips. But, if you are watching cartoons, it’s definitely hard to read Daffy Duck’s lips.
Me too, there's something about being a gunner in an M60 tank that's hard on your ears....
I've been clinically deaf for many years...have tried numerous hearing aids, and suffered through sever inter ear infections...
FINALLY..a doctor tested me and I qualified for a cochlear implant...I received my first implant in March 2010 and then had my second done in Oct. 2011...the greatest thing I have ever done..not only do I hear, but I UNDERSTAND what I hear...I am not a young person either, so I was concerned if I could adjust...AND THERE WAS NO PROBLEM..I highly recommend any one with a sever hearing loss to look into COCHLEAR IMPLANTS...
Tinnitus. No body knows what causes it. Some, it’s being
in an auto accident, others skeet shooting without hearing protection, others just long term exposure to loud noise.
Some get it young. Most of the cases start in middle age
Mine came on in one day and was diagnosed at OHSU as one of
their worst cases.
Learned this: Don’t stop for anything, go to a good audiologist and have them do a thorough exam which also
includes a good physical. DO NOT JUST GET A HEARING AID!!!
Mine are fine tuned to the exact frequencies that are week and they also generate soft, random chimes in the area where
my hear was lost. It’s called music therapy and in a blind
study up at the VA hospital in Portland, they had an 87% rate in reducing the tinnitus to background levels that
you weren’t consciously aware of.
One last thing, it doesn’t get better, only worse,so get
some hearing protection.