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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2018, 04:14:54 pm »

I'll talk a little louder for you.


Wait, maybe it's glasses that you need Max?

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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2018, 04:24:05 pm »
Doctor told me that tinnitus was not in the ear but rather in the brain, and occurs because the brain is expecting input from the ear, and so 1) begins to scan for that input harder and 2) will make up <something> to simulate input coming from the ear.

There are different kinds/types and causes of tinnitus, but it is generally not a solid science quite yet.  In many cases, they are related to hearing loss.  In my case, I am not so sure, I seem to have very sensitive hearing and have always protected my hearing.  Yet, I have never had a hearing test.  Perhaps I should.

Last night I tried one of those "listen to this tone for 5 minutes" on YouTube.  To my horror, when it was done, instead of improvement my tinnitus was at least twice as loud and took several hours to return to the "normal" amount of tone/annoyance.

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Who knows, maybe it is psychosomatic.

That, I don't go for, at all.  It has a lot of brain involvement, but in my case, I know it isn't something that can just be wished away.  The only thing that helps is to have background noise, especially white noise (like a fan, which I use at night), which just kinda masks it so it can be "tuned out", but it is always there.

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Normally I do not go in for anything that cannot be drawn, predicted or explained without using any words that are similar to 'magic' but the sub- conscious..... maybe that can be tricked. I only had the aids for 2 days and 3 nights (hey, like a vacation!) but they were very effective for my tinnitus.

In your case, I bet it really is just your brain in a feedback loop from the hearing loss of certain frequencies.  So getting aids sounds like a double-win.  Now, if you can just do it affordably.  It isn't just the initial price either.  Expect them to be like a smart phone- wearing out, breaking, needing updates, service, batteries, etc.  Blah.
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2018, 01:03:33 am »
There are different kinds/types and causes of tinnitus, but it is generally not a solid science quite yet.  In many cases, they are related to hearing loss.  In my case, I am not so sure, I seem to have very sensitive hearing and have always protected my hearing.  Yet, I have never had a hearing test.  Perhaps I should.

Last night I tried one of those "listen to this tone for 5 minutes" on YouTube.  To my horror, when it was done, instead of improvement my tinnitus was at least twice as loud and took several hours to return to the "normal" amount of tone/annoyance.

That, I don't go for, at all.  It has a lot of brain involvement, but in my case, I know it isn't something that can just be wished away.  The only thing that helps is to have background noise, especially white noise (like a fan, which I use at night), which just kinda masks it so it can be "tuned out", but it is always there.

In your case, I bet it really is just your brain in a feedback loop from the hearing loss of certain frequencies.  So getting aids sounds like a double-win.  Now, if you can just do it affordably.  It isn't just the initial price either.  Expect them to be like a smart phone- wearing out, breaking, needing updates, service, batteries, etc.  Blah.


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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2018, 04:20:55 am »
I hope not.
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2018, 05:29:16 am »
Will your ears fall off?
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2018, 10:17:37 am »
Oh yes, I am already well aware of that. The behind- the- ear types with the in canal coil tend to break..... a lot, and a maintenance warranty is close to a grand for 4 years on them. Batteries are a consideration. And they absolutely have a lifespan; it is figured into everything as being 5 years but even the most optimistic observers claim it is 7 at most. So absolutely, this is an on- going expense and that MUST be known and compensated for before going into the hearing rabbit- hole.

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In your case, I bet it really is just your brain in a feedback loop from the hearing loss of certain frequencies.  So getting aids sounds like a double-win.  Now, if you can just do it affordably.  It isn't just the initial price either.  Expect them to be like a smart phone- wearing out, breaking, needing updates, service, batteries, etc.  Blah.
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2018, 01:37:24 pm »
I don't wear 'em (yet) but a word of advice. Whether at home or in public, if you can, reach around and flush the toilet before you stand up, even if you haven't finished all of the paper work yet. One of the things worse than fishing your accidentally dislodged expensive hearing aid out of the toilet, is fishing it out of a recently used toilet. Words of wisdom (or woe) from a now departed family member.
Might want to wear earmuffs in a port o potty. 

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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2018, 03:52:32 pm »
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2018, 05:51:31 pm »
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2018, 04:15:13 am »
I don't wear 'em (yet) but a word of advice. Whether at home or in public, if you can, reach around and flush the toilet before you stand up, even if you haven't finished all of the paper work yet. One of the things worse than fishing your accidentally dislodged expensive hearing aid out of the toilet, is fishing it out of a recently used toilet. Words of wisdom (or woe) from a now departed family member.
Might want to wear earmuffs in a port o potty. 

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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2018, 09:56:02 am »
I've been wearing hearing aids since 2012. Behind the ear [can't wear them in helmet]; Resound brand. Battery life about seven days. 2012 price $4500.00; no insurance; draw from savings.
I could not believe the difference in my hearing. Without them every thing is muted; like stuffed up ears with a head cold.
Fast forward to 2017. Local "hearing aid specialist" offers free hearing test and "tune up" for your hearing aid. So I go for it. Appointment, test reveals hearing loss [duh!]; technician says my current aids are "old school" and they don't have the "computer program" to adjust. So the sales pitch begins. For only a $300.00 payment today, we can build your new hearing aids and have them fitted in less than a week for $6800.00! [I still have my 2012 hearing aids.]
At a sports event booth [12/2017] I see  SportEar, hearing enhancement and protection device. After listening to the well informed "salesperson", I opt to have an ear mold done for an in the ear type aid. Their price $2600.00. I ask why the difference and I'm told if the "aids" are sold as a sporting aid, the pricing can be lower.
Now $2600.00 is no small investment and may be the answer,maybe not. But to cut the price by two thirds certainly got my attention. I sent this company my 2012 hearing test results and they said they could build aids that would increase my hearing level by eight times. [I haven't ordered them yet, but intend to after the new year (2019)]
Getting an hearing test by an audiologist is the key; not a hearing aid specialist/salesperson.
See www.sportear.com   I was interested in the custom edge in ear model. They are a shooting sport hearing protector/enhancement tool.
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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2018, 01:53:26 pm »
Well, I 'test- heard' a pair of Opticon One aids for a weekend (in fact, Tech. Day in Monson, MA) and liked them a lot. Unfortunately not $6,200 worth :-( Returned them, per prior agreement, on Monday (had them only for the weekend).

Finally decided to try a pair of Audicus hearing aids (~$1,600) but after two missed phone appointments where they (Chloe) were going to call me, on the third appointment, also missed, I get an e-mail from someone else saying Chloe got tied up (again I suppose) and they would call.... if I would send them my telephone number again. Must be the 'Get Smart' organization of the hearing aid industry so I took a pass; I cannot imagine what a return or warranty repair would be like with these folks.

Today I ended up buying a pair of Sonic Cheer 20's, $500 each but also they require a $200 module to connect to them via both Blue tooth as well as to make sound / program changes remotely. So I flipped for that one. Should be here in a week. Hopefully, I will be able to see what you folks type much more clearly.... no, wait, wrong correction device.

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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2018, 05:56:02 pm »
OK, phase 2: I have now purchased a pair of hearing aids from a discount on-line broker that cost $500 each, along with a remote control box for $200. After some study, it is really looking like the remote control <may> not be all that worthwhile but I am still evaluating it.

So far, the aids work pretty well. Not perfect but pretty good. Not as well as the Opticon One set I tried but then again, these are not $6,200 either. So the real question is: are these beneficial and a decent value compared to the top- of- the- line hearing aids? I cannot answer yet. I miss some features of the Opticon hearing aids, especially the ability to control each hearing aid's volume from a remote source (iPhone) quickly and easily. I can control the volume but only for both units at once and cannot adjust one aid independently. So again, the Opticon One were better / nicer but they were also $5 grand more and that is hard to justify, at least to me.

Anyway, I am tinkering around with this set and finding some success. They absolutely work, I just have not yet made a decision on their value to me, personally. I <think> this will be the way I will end up going but want a week or two to 'test- hear' them before making a final decision. I did purchase them and so actually own them but they are reutrnable for either 30 or 45 days so I will be evaluaing them carefully.

BTW: I can read everything you folks wrote MUCH better and clearer with these new hearing aids.  :rotflmao:

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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2018, 08:43:32 pm »
BTW: I can read everything you folks wrote MUCH better and clearer with these new hearing aids.  :rotflmao:

But are the voices in your head still coming through loud and clear or is there now electrical interference?

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Re: Hearing aids
« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2018, 10:04:48 am »
BDF: Glad to hear that the aide's are improving your ability to read..  :P 
          If it helps you, there is hope for all of us.. <grin>

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