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Old 07-16-2016, 06:40 PM   #41
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I just read an article in the NYT about personal sound amplification products, you might find it informative. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/he...ives.html?_r=0

Browsing the Etymotic website the other day - they make high end ear plugs - I saw a "home hearing test for consumers" and thought of this thread. Etymotic Research | Home Hearing Test - Home Hearing Test - Consumer
Thanks for that. Very interesting, and might be worth trying, but want to see the Costco results first.
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DW and I both had our Costco hearing tests this morning and both of us tested with very good results at all frequencies, technician said to come back next year.

Perhaps I just have to live with difficulties hearing conversations in noisy environments like restaurants.
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OP back with an update. It is now Day 2 with my new Costco hearing aids. So far so good. Comfort is not a problem; for the most part I don't even feel them in my ears.
I've been able to watch TV without closed captioning, and definitely hearing everything better. Right now, they're at 70%; audiologist says we will increase it in 10% increments every 2 weeks,
Only 2 days, but so far I'm a happy camper.
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Good job, mystang52. I'm sure your family thanks you!
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For any of you who are veterans and you think that you may be in need for a HA, why not consider getting tested by the VA? If approved, you may qualify for testing, HAs, batteries for life, semi-annual humidifier, follow-up visits for life and maintenance of the HAs.


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Well, you've just proven my notions correct - discomfort with restaurant noise levels is not a hearing-loss problem, or not entirely. Even with my new aids, I still have difficulty holding conversations in noisy spaces.

I read the Washington Post restaurant reviews regularly. The reviewer has said, more than once, that "Noise" is diners' No. 1 complaint. He says "diners," not "older diners," or "diners with hearing loss." The fact is that restaurants used to have more noise-absorbing features, such as thick carpets, tablecloths, even fabric wallpaper; and they often featured booths and banquettes with high sides. Modern restaurants have stripped away those features in order to save money, and make the place look more open and modern. Hence, noise.

Oh, and some people really do mumble, or talk too fast. I had assumed all along that it was me, but it's not. My hearing test included a "word discernment" portion, where I scored 100%. Notwithstanding, and even with aids, I sometimes have to ask young people to repeat what they just mumbledreallyfast. I think there may be a real generational difference in speech patterns.

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DW and I both had our Costco hearing tests this morning and both of us tested with very good results at all frequencies, technician said to come back next year.

Perhaps I just have to live with difficulties hearing conversations in noisy environments like restaurants.
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Well, you've just proven my notions correct - discomfort with restaurant noise levels is not a hearing-loss problem, or not entirely. Even with my new aids, I still have difficulty holding conversations in noisy spaces.

I read the Washington Post restaurant reviews regularly. The reviewer has said, more than once, that "Noise" is diners' No. 1 complaint. He says "diners," not "older diners," or "diners with hearing loss." The fact is that restaurants used to have more noise-absorbing features, such as thick carpets, tablecloths, even fabric wallpaper; and they often featured booths and banquettes with high sides. Modern restaurants have stripped away those features in order to save money, and make the place look more open and modern. Hence, noise.


I agree. I do not need hearing aides at all, (not even close yet as I can hear a golf ball hit a green from 150 yards out) but background noises in restaurants detract seriously from my table conversation. Sometimes I can hear other tables conversations better than the one I am at. I got a theory that young people have either better concentration skills or young ears that can filter needless noise better. As I certainly dont remember EVER having background noise problem when I was younger no matter how noisy the restaurant was.


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That makes me feel better that its not just me, and yes, it does seem there are a lot of mumblers out there.
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We eat lunch out every day at cheap not-so-fancy restaurants during off hours, so there are seldom more than 1-3 other occupied tables. We never have any trouble hearing one another over the other customers.

On the other hand, I can relate to not being able to hear in a busy restaurant. I dislike that so much!

I remember when my brothers and I were kids, adults always used to tell us to speak up and we would joke about it behind their backs. "Eh, sonny? SPEAK UP!"

In addition, when my brothers and I were children, my mother insisted/demanded that we always enunciate which of course entailed speaking absolutely clearly and properly. I still do make an effort to enunciate (which I would imagine might give people the impression that I am stuck up). But kids these days? I don't know but do wonder if they even understand what the word "enunciate" means. Or maybe I underestimate them.
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I still don't need hearing aids but in recent years my hearing has gone from unusually good, to just a little better than normal. So if the decline continues, then I expect that I may need hearing aids in about 10 years. At that time I plan to go to Costco to get them. It will not be nearly the blow to my vanity, that aging itself has been. So that aspect is not worrisome to me.
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I believe this is the most recent hearing aid thread so added to it.

I read about the Costco savings and was pretty excited about getting some for less than the 5500 the md who gave me the audiogram was quoting. 3k or less sounded grand for something I think I barely need. (others might omit the word barely).

I informed the MD that I had come in to get an ear cleaning so would have to think a bit before buying them for $5500, plus it sounded like I was in a rain barrel echo every time I spoke. I asked if insurance helped any on them. MD replied well aarp might pay like $50 but no one covered them under medicare.

I am using a medicare advantage plan, (sort of like a HMO) with a gatekeeper md who has to refer you to a specialist. Spouse suggested we check our insurance handbook (3/4 of an inch thick). I gave her the lost puppy dog look and possibly whimpered so she looked it up for me. : )

As Gomer Pyle used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

If I sent my audio gram in to their company I could get a pair of hearing aids, over the ear or ear canal style for about $660 total my cost. They set them based on audiogram and I can go to one of several places locally for fine tuning/ adjustments. They do not have blue tooth but otherwise seem to have several settings for situations and limit volume on upside. The batteries offered were quite reasonably priced as well.

Moral of the story, even if you think they are not covered, double check the fine print. Should get these in next few days. My insurance provides for up to one pair PER YEAR.
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If I sent my audio gram in to their company I could get a pair of hearing aids, over the ear or ear canal style for about $660 total my cost. They set them based on audiogram and I can go to one of several places locally for fine tuning/ adjustments. They do not have blue tooth but otherwise seem to have several settings for situations and limit volume on upside. The batteries offered were quite reasonably priced as well.
Great score! For comparison sake I just got mine from Costco and they cost $2600. Resound Forte brand. Granted I opted for Bluetooth because the iPhone has some good integration, but even if I got their cheapest model it would have been $1900 or around that.

I researched the online companies that do what you did, which are far less expensive. Decided to go with Costco for convenience in case there were problems.
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Got my Resounds from Costco 6/24. They have been ..better.. than nothing. We read numbers to one another and I was mixing Fs and Ss, fives and sixes. Still like closed captions. A week ago I went in to the SoCal Costco and the audiologist put on a set of sport grips, which do seem to keep the units in my ear canals better. She also tweaked the settings and things are much brighter. Not a big fan of the connection with my Iphone - it sounds like the person talking is located right in the middle of my head - not where I want people to be.

Funny story - at Thanksgiving a friend was complaining about barking neighbor dogs. I had had that problem and was helped by a bark stop unit. It interrupts barking with a noise people can't hear. So I took the unit over, put in a new battery, and was instructing in its use.. Turned it on and cranked up the sensitivity and had it sitting on the kitchen counter as we talked. Guess there was a sudden noise and HOLY !@#$!!!! my hearing aids translated a very loud warble into both ears. I jumped back and the gal says it looked like I'd found the hot wire. Whew. Not painful really, but startling and I certainly had no desire to bark any more.

Going back in to have the hearing aids adjusted does seem productive - the brain adjusts to the sounds they make and becomes more able to accept the noise vs the blessed quiet of pre-aid times.
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I'm waiting for either prices to come down or conversations becoming more interesting.
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Not a big fan of the connection with my Iphone - it sounds like the person talking is located right in the middle of my head - not where I want people to be.

Funny story - at Thanksgiving a friend was complaining about barking neighbor dogs. I had had that problem and was helped by a bark stop unit. It interrupts barking with a noise people can't hear. So I took the unit over, put in a new battery, and was instructing in its use.. Turned it on and cranked up the sensitivity and had it sitting on the kitchen counter as we talked. Guess there was a sudden noise and HOLY !@#$!!!! my hearing aids translated a very loud warble into both ears. I jumped back and the gal says it looked like I'd found the hot wire. Whew. Not painful really, but startling and I certainly had no desire to bark any more.
Laughing so hard.

It's a mixed bag for me. I still find most sound ugly with the hearing aids in - even running water. But today I was getting a dental cleaning and the technician had a mask on and was asking me questions. Before the aids I would have been trying to say "What?" on her every sentence because I couldn't see her mouth. With the aids I heard her perfectly.

My loss is in the speech range too. I think the people around you benefit more from the aids.
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I am glad this thread was revived!
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Has anyone tried the in canal types like the Lyric Phonac? You can shower, exercise etc., not swim- or surf- but they are not visible and are changed out about every 6 weeks otherwise they stay in. They can be turned off, or turned up three volume settings.
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Get hearing aids as soon as you need them....

First learned full details of my hearing loss at age 50. Hereditary and rock concert-induced. Went straight to a local audiologist's office for hearing aids because I was having difficulty hearing during meetings and calls at my office. I was lucky to have insurance that covered $2500 a pair. And I had a plump FSA. So glad I got them when I did. They made a huge difference in personal relationships, too.

Five years down the road, I just bought a new pair of bright red Oticon Sensei devices. My hearing has not changed in five years but the speech recognition and noise management programs have changed significantly since I got my first devices in 2012. It sounds like someone turned up the treble on the whole world of sounds.

As a bonus, the audiologist explained to DH that I hear better if he is looking at me when speaking. Behavior of the speaker can make a difference in how successful the listener is ... with or without hearing aids.

NOTE: If you look up the Sensei devices, you will see they come in several lovely colors because they are for pediatric use. They can be programmed for adult use. Adult devices come in a wide range of white, grey, brown and black.
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Is hearing loss mostly caused by unprotected exposure to loud noise? I still have good hearing, but I have always used ear muffs when doing even moderately noisy tasks. I no longer have any grass to trim or trees to limb and cut, but I even wear high performance ear muffs to grind my morning coffee.

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