Skip to comments.New Hearing Device Shows Potential to Motivate People Reluctant to Wear Hearing Aids
Posted on 09/08/2011 6:25:18 AM PDT by Red Badger
It is estimated that only 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing instruments seek help, many often waiting up to ten years from the time they could benefit from hearing amplification. Among those who try hearing instruments for the first time, acceptance can be slow and rejection rates high.
Now, a new advanced technology hearing device from Oticon, Inc. shows the potential to deliver immediate benefits and motivate immediate acceptance by people new to hearing amplification.
Results of a multi-center international study with first-time users conducted by researchers at Towson University in Baltimore, MD and Horzentrum in Oldenburg, Germany suggest that Oticon Intiga provided first time users with immediate and obvious benefits. The study also showed that although it is widely accepted that people new to hearing devices usually take a longer time to accept amplification, participants in the international study immediately accepted new Intiga.
"Hearing devices, no matter how advanced their technology, provide no benefit 'in the drawer'," says Oticon President Peer Lauritsen, referring to industry studies showing that 1 out of 10 of those who purchase hearing aids never wear them -- a number estimated at nearly 1 million people in the US alone (MarketTrak VIII, 2011). "With Oticon Intiga, we aim to create an immediate 'now effect' -- immediate and obvious benefits from the start that motivate rapid acceptance and long term use."
Intiga is the world's smallest wireless hearing instrument. Bluetooth capabilities allow Intiga to connect wirelessly to cell phones, becoming a virtual hands-free headset. With addition of the Oticon ConnectLine system, audio from televisions and landline phones can be streamed directly to the hearing instruments. The discreet ConnectLine clip-on microphone can be used with Intiga to enhance a user's ability to engage in one-on-one conversations in difficult listening environments.
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huh? Say that again....
My mom needs one but they want to stiff her $4,000 for the device.
No can do
That's a mid range price for digital, in the ear, hearing aids.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW????..............
Don’t tell my wife. She’ll make me get one!
Raylan: When did you get those?
Art: Oh a couple days ago. My wife kept complaining that I couldnt hear her, and I decided to get them anyway .
yeah my wife keeps complaining too....but I still sit back in my TV chair and say, "...What..."
I mean...I'm not completely deaf...there is a GAME ON...
Yeah that’s right. About what I was told for one of the newer devices for my type of hearing loss.
Back in ‘78 I paid $1300.00 for the pair I still have, but they weren’t any good for my type of loss. Amplifiers. I need the new ones that are computerized, and can be set for different ranges of hearing loss. Those cost a lot of money.
I’m reluctant to get them as out here where we live in the boonies I can hear fine as there isn’t any competition for the sounds that come to my ears, but if I go to say a restaurant (rarely anymore) I can’t hear anything but jumbled noises as all the sounds compete for what little hearing ability I have left.
A friend with the same difficulty in hearing (tone deafness) acquired the new computerized ears, and loved them for the first six months, but eventually he wouldn’t wear them as they needed constant adjustment, and he got tired of it all, so now he yells like before, ‘cause he can’t hear himself, and know his volume when he talks, but I can hear him fine.
Same here my wife needs one - middle of the road unit - $3,500 - told her she will have to save for it!
Strange I find this article this morning?
I just received a new Phonak hearing aid yesterday, love it.
Actually the Phonak I have is smaller than the one pictured here in this article. No pressure build-up when wearing the device as the older models did. Can barely tell I’m wearing the device, and no-one can tell your wearing it.
I’m not so vane that I would care who observed me wearing a hearing aid. I got the new one due to the advancement in hearing aids in the past five years. In actuality, the Phonak is nothing but a tiny computer.
After years of being in the engine room of a USCC cutter and then shooting guns,my husband needs a hearing aid badly. He bought one after a friend recommended it and it doesn’t work for him. It just makes noisy rooms noisier.
I like how my mom wants to pretend that she really heard me clearly ... so she answers some OTHER question she THOUGHT I asked. It gets interesting.
He can get one through the VA FREE.
A friend of mine just did...................
My mom has the beginning stages of dementia, so the doctor says, so conversations can be rather interesting. She also denies that she didn’t hear me, in spite of saying “what?”, but if I carefully raise my voice enough that she can she will accuse me of yelling at her. Gotta take it in stride and laugh it off, and we both do for the most part thankfully, but it can get very frustrating.
Thanks I’ll tell him.
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