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Old 08-23-2019, 08:05 PM
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Forget the audiologist. Go to Costco and let them sell you any grade of hearing air you want/need for less than half the price of an ear "specialist".
My entire family has hereditary hearing loss. Like all of us on my fathers side.
We ALL have hearing aids. 2 of my sibs plus myself have left various audiologists and received better product and service from Costco hearing dpt.
Old 08-24-2019, 12:26 PM
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Some additional suggestions once you get them

For reference I'm the guy from earlier in the thread with over 50 years of experience

Once you get them and start using them they can be overwhelming from a sensory point of view as you've acclimated to a new normal of hearing so to speak

Instead of starting out full bore at a higher level consider turning them down to just above your current ability to hear while getting used to them - as needed dial up a hair or down depending ~ Then over time dial them up to higher levels closer to 100% hearing over time as you get used to them

Another aspect that is rarely talked about is that you may get ear cramps due to a long term foreign body in your ear canal & your body's response - Hard to explain but if it occurs you will know it so take a break from them & also be sure to remove while sleeping - not the end of the world to fall asleep watching TV but when you wake up remove them

Lastly - Take care of them - keep them clean & also have secure storage - the provided cases/pouches are okay to an extent but .,,, If boating get a small waterproof case - At home a small nightstand box works fine - getting soaked in the rain is not good so either wear a wide brimmed hat / use an umbrella or take them out

Best of luck - I think you will be happy once done
Old 08-24-2019, 01:34 PM
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Go the VA route if possible.

Good ones are not cheep cheep one are not good.

Go have your ears checked and they can tell you which one are best for you.
Try them for 30 days. Then go to Costco etc and try them see for yourself if you see a deference.
For me the feedback squeal, and lack of understanding with the cheap ones is not worth it.

I am a geek and program my own. High end aids are around 4K each. I can get them off shore for about 2K each.
But everyone don't need the high end ones, depends on your hearing test. Hearing test are Free in FL.

PM me directly if you have any questions,

I have tried a lot of them and now stick with Phonak made in Sweden. https://www.phonak.com/us/en.htm
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I'd also buy a couple pairs of waterproof socks for them.
Old 08-24-2019, 05:13 PM
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I won't address any specific posts as it would take me all night. I just want to say that y'all have given me more info than I could ever ask for!!!

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Just went thru a barrage of hearing tests and she said to come back in a year and get checked again. Still appreciate all the advice!
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I know a couple of people with them. My biggest issue is they hardly ever wear the darn things so I'm always having to speak up to them. Frustrating at times.
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I'm heading to Costco this week for the new 9.0's they released last month. Will be my first pair. Tired of not hearing conversations and having the tv turned up too loud
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Just went thru a barrage of hearing tests and she said to come back in a year and get checked again. Still appreciate all the advice!

Just a couple of thoughts:

Not to disparage whoever tested you but being a Sunday implies it was not a medical specialist (ENT) & most probably a certified audiologist that fortunately for you wasn't trying to make a sale so to speak - Guessing that they are salaried & not on commission like many places

You mentioned others have said you need them - How do you feel about it - do you feel you miss out on conversations & so on?

It's possible that you could have inner ear issues - wax etc. - Could be a simple solution - Never know - Worth seeing a Doctor if you feel it's an issue

Lastly - Could be that you have developed selective hearing - ask me how I know
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Originally Posted by loverofshells View Post
Just a couple of thoughts:

Not to disparage whoever tested you but being a Sunday implies it was not a medical specialist (ENT) & most probably a certified audiologist that fortunately for you wasn't trying to make a sale so to speak - Guessing that they are salaried & not on commission like many places

You mentioned others have said you need them - How do you feel about it - do you feel you miss out on conversations & so on?

It's possible that you could have inner ear issues - wax etc. - Could be a simple solution - Never know - Worth seeing a Doctor if you feel it's an issue

Lastly - Could be that you have developed selective hearing - ask me how I know
I felt the test went well. She did about 6-7 tests on each ear and went thru the graphs explaining that I did have some hearing loss but not enough to really worry about. No inner ear issues as I had my ears looked at by our Doc this past Thursday and he said I was fine. She showed me the inside of my ears on a computer screen as she was checking for wax and said I was fine. I tested a little low on the low side and the high side but told me it was normal for a 62 year old. She also did a outside the ear check and said it was to make sure it wasn't something medical instead of simple wax blockage or ear drum damage. I have read where some ENT's/Audiologists just see $$$ coming thru the door when you get there but she was quite frank and said I wasn't bad enough to get hearing aids unless I was just hell bent on them.

Lastly - I think it you may very well be right about selective hearing.

Now I'm wondering what kind of toy I can get for $2,700.
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Glad for you Shag

Sounds like you got good advice

I'm 62 as well & don't want to hear most of what many people say anymore unless it's a meaningful conversation

No suggestions on toys but have fun

Best Regards
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Originally Posted by rusbob View Post
Have you ever been in the service? The VA pays for them.
Yeah, I've heard that before. I was in an artillery unit. VA doc told me I needed them, but I'd have to submit a claim. Claim process is long and tedious.
Old 08-25-2019, 01:21 PM
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I'd check out Costco. I got my behind the ear hearing aids there. I'm on my 2nd pair. They work well. I think they cost me just under $2k.

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