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Re: $5000 For Hearing Aids???...I heard that!
Old 05-10-2007, 05:03 PM   #21
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Re: $5000 For Hearing Aids???...I heard that!

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The sound, when you first begin wearing one sounds like a calliope, anyway that was what it sounded like to me. It was just a lot of musical notes, randomly playing in my ear.
I did find a sound file that represents this. That would be tough, I can see where it would take a lot of retraining of the brain the detect speech. This one demonstrates it with music though, which is way tougher than voice.

http://tinyurl.com/2v29fy


edit: here is a better one with speech.

http://www.pbs.org/saf/1205/features...ive/intro1.htm

They seem to be using white noise in the freq band - I would expect it to sound more like a calliope (distinct frequencies) as happy2beretired describes.

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Re: $5000 For Hearing Aids???...I heard that!
Old 05-10-2007, 05:30 PM   #22
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Re: $5000 For Hearing Aids???...I heard that!

had an uncle who, at his wife's insistence, got hearing aids ... he would most often leave them turned off. he was a wise man (with an obviously twisted sense of humor).
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Re: $5000 For Hearing Aids???...I heard that!

DH got a pair of state of the art hearing aids a couple years ago, can't recall what they cost. They really made a difference for him and the audiologist has continued to service them well past the warranty.

He removes them at restaurants where there is too much noise. The family funny was when dining out with our daughter's family our 2 yo grandson wanted to tell his grandfather something and wasn't getting through. There was a lull in the restaurant din just as he shouted, "Popka put your ears in!" The chuckles could be heard across the room.
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I'm going in for my "fitting" this afternoon. I'm looking forward to it. Some posts above mention the benefits of certain styles. One thing important in my selection is that I can hear some frequencies with no problem. By putting a "plug" style aid in my ear, sounds that I hear ok would be blocked by the aid and then need to amplified as well. Is this important or sales hype from the audiologist?



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Re: $5000 For Hearing Aids???...I heard that!

Were I you I would talk to a couple audiologists before making a decision. Husband talked to a couple, the audiologist he choose was also recommended by a physician.

He choose an in-the-ear type, a Danish brand, WinDex. The audiologist has adjusted them several times with a computer as his hearing has changed.

One thing the audiologist mentioned is that brands have different strengths. The noise in your environment as well as your audio profile impact the effectiveness of the aid.

His audiologist has worked with him, gratis (I am sure the time was bundled in the sales price), for several years beyond the aid warranty.

One thing his physician and an ENT specialist told him is that if you ignore a hearing deficit for several years your brain starts to loose the capacity to process the missing sounds. Wearing a properly fitted aid extends your hearing ability.
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Hi Brat, Good points. I've gone the route you suggested, and paid top dollar. I'm ok with it so far. My audiologist works with my ENT (who is a buddy).

Well I got my new aids and I like them. Went out to dinner last night and resisted the temptation to keep saying, "I heard that!". Return visits for adjustment are "free" and I can tell I'll be back often as the fine tuning process begins.


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Well, I went in for the first fine tuning session - BTW I promise this won't be a blog- and all went well. I realize what I'm paying for here is the audiologist's time and expertise. She knew which make and model to select for me and the tuning process can be a turnstile for a while.

I paid almost $4000 for these puppies and saw them on ebay, new for $900. I'm not pissed. No, I'm not. No, really.


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