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My wife is going to need new hearing aids pretty soon and I'd like to know real life experiences and comments from others.
What do you have and how do you like them?
 

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Don't fall for the tales that the hearing aid people spin. They run $5000 to $8000. Just yesterday I got a letter in the mail offering me $850 off a set of their hearing aids. I bought mine from Sams Club 3 years ago for $3400. There were the best at 96 channels. Ask any of the, so called hearing aid specialists, how many channels their hearing aids have. They will tell you that they do not know and look at you like you are crazy for asking such a question. In reality they are 16 channels and Sams Club sells the 16 channel for $1600.

My BIL would not listen to reason and 2 years ago, bought a set from a local hearing aid place for $5000. Of course, they are only 16 channel. And he hates them, so will not wear them. He is nearly deaf, so really needs them. They told him to come back in 2 weeks and they would be ready. When I bought mine from Sams Club, I wore them out of the store with a 90 day full return if I did not like them. She just hooks them up to her computer, sets them to match the results of your hearing test and you are ready to go. I went in the other day and had her increase the volume a little bit in the left ear.

I went with their best ones, because they can tailor them better to your needs. The more channels, the better they can configure them. My Sams Club audiologist tells me that she used to sell hearing aids at those kind of places and did not even know about the channels until she moved here and started in at Sams Club. By the way, she tells me that, in daily wearing, they usually only last 10-12 years. I don't know if I will get any longer life out of the 96 channel units.

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Got mine at costco they are their kirkland brand cost 1600 if I remember correctly. Went back over a year later cause one didn't work. They fixed it within 15 minutes at no charge. Only major problem is hasn't solved the problem of wife's mumbling with her hand in front of her mouth:laugh: so I still have a problem hearing her:banghead: all told year and half later believe money well spent.
 

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My wife is going to need new hearing aids pretty soon
WHAT?



All seriousness aside, I have some, but quit wearing them. They made annoying noises so much louder that I could not stand it. Like the timer on the stove, using the Sonicare, seat belt alarm in wife's pickup (but that ones loud on its own), others.

Maybe I need to try some different ones like at Costco that Rogero246 mentioned.

I sincerely hope they work well for her.
 

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This should be an interesting thread for me to follow. After several hearing examinations at my ENT, they found that I am becoming tone deaf in my left ear. I have no problem with volume, but many high pitch frequencies I can't hear. If anyone has the same systems as me and got a hearing aid, has it helped.

Not trying to highjack your thread Keith, just interested in the different brands and retailers . :dunno:
 

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This should be an interesting thread for me to follow. After several hearing examinations at my ENT, they found that I am becoming tone deaf in my left ear. I have no problem with volume, but many high pitch frequencies I can't hear. If anyone has the same systems as me and got a hearing aid, has it helped.

Not trying to highjack your thread Keith, just interested in the different brands and retailers . :dunno:

I have not been able to hear high frequencies for years. First thing I noticed when walking out to the road to get the mail was that I could hear the birds. I did not realize that I was even missing them. I also have tinnitus.

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. . . many high pitch frequencies I can't hear. If anyone has the same systems as me and got a hearing aid, has it helped.
Sounds like you have been reading my mail. I've noticed that, on average, I hear men a better than women, due to the frequency. While watching TV I used to always ask my wife, "What did SHE say?" Now, we use subtitles.

I can't recall the ones I have being of much help in this matter. Maybe it's time to dust them off and give'em another go.

:hijacked: Sorry
 

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I have not been able to hear high frequencies for years. First thing I noticed when walking out to the road to get the mail was that I could hear the birds. I did not realize that I was even missing them. I also have tinnitus.

Dave
I also have tinnitus. Sometimes it gets so loud, I scream would you just shut up. :banghead: Did your hearing aid help with the ringing?

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This should be an interesting thread for me to follow. After several hearing examinations at my ENT, they found that I am becoming tone deaf in my left ear. I have no problem with volume, but many high pitch frequencies I can't hear. If anyone has the same systems as me and got a hearing aid, has it helped.

Not trying to highjack your thread Keith, just interested in the different brands and retailers . :dunno:
It's all about hearing issues. You didn't hijack a thing.
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This will be my wife's third set.
My wife uses (Now) Hear USA and the Siemens Pure BTE hearing aid, bluetooth compatiable. I will say any problems they do fix, repair or clean for free. ~$4,500 a set.
 

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I also have tinnitus. Sometimes it gets so loud, I scream would you just shut up. :banghead: Did your hearing aid help with the ringing?

Greg

It is difficult to say as it is not as bad as it used to be and I am so used to it, I just do not pay much attention to it any more. The thing I notice the most is being able to pull a single voice out of a crowd so much better than I used to.

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It is difficult to say as it is not as bad as it used to be and I am so used to it, I just do not pay much attention to it any more. The thing I notice the most is being able to pull a single voice out of a crowd so much better than I used to.

Dave
Now that's something I wanted to hear (no pun intended). I too, have a problems when in a crowd. Thanks for that information. :thumbup1gif:
 

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I just got them 3 months back. I got Oticon brand, Blue tooth, and I-Phone compatable. I love them. I can stream off my phone at work and no one Knows. Mine were around 1500 each. My wife has wore them since we got married and hers were a lot more money. She has a genetic hearing loss and her mom now is totally deaf. Margo wears two and has them turned up almost full blast, when she takes them out at night she cant hear much. One of our sons also has it and one doesn't.
 

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I don't use them , but a friend of ours bought theirs from Sams club and so far been happy with them.

The rules and regulations changed the first of the year. Leaving more companies to start selling them.

Might be able to find the same type or name brand for a cheaper price. :dunno:
 

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Mine are both Starkeys. One is 5 years old and the other one new. I wore the one and didn't think much of it but since I got the first one my right ear hearing has degraded. Adding the second one made quite a difference. Not perfect but measurably better. Each one was around 2500.

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My wife recently went deaf in her left ear. Happened all of a sudden. She was sitting on the back patio with some friends and her hearing just went away. She immediately developed vertigo and tinnitus. We took her to urgent care and they treated her for the vertigo and sent us home. The vertigo was awful! She starting throwing up and lost her sense of balance. The loss of balance lasted a couple of weeks or longer. I had to help her in and out of bed and around the house. She couldn't walk, drive, or anything.

Later we got her in to see an ear nose and throat specialist and he said her hearing loss was due to nerve damage and nothing could be done about it. HE told us a hearing aid wouldn't even work.

She went back to see his audiologist and was told she could use a bone conduction hearing aid. With that they wanted to do surgery and put a post in her scull to attach a bone conduction hearing aid to. They gave her a demo to wear on a headband and it was a POS. It was bulky and had pretty constant feedback squealing like an oltimey hearing aid. After a little research into that option we decided we didn't want to go that route. I found a couple of other bone conduction systems that did not require surgery so we started looking into those. The ENT's audiologist referred us to another audiologist at Florida State University. I retired from there so they gave us an employee rate.

The audiologist at FSU looked at her hearing test results and told us she not only had no hearing in her left ear but her right was impaired. She had been working with a company on a bicros system and suggested we might want to try that. The one she suggested and we are trying is made by Widex. It consists of a microphone in her left ear that connects via bluetooth to a hearing aid in her right ear. So far so good but today it quit working. I tested all the batteries they gave us and none are reading the full 1.45V listed on the package. After I tested the batteries and put the best two back in she tried it again and it started working. We are going to be out about $3400 for the set.

If we had gone with the surgery option medicare would pay for the surgery AND the device. We would have had a $500 co-pay. The no surgery option medicare won't pay a dime. Go figure???

One bummer on the bluetooth bicros system is you can't use the bluetooth for your phone. It can only use one input and that is coming from the cros microphone. It does have an app that allows you to have multiple programs and the ability to raise and lower the volume with your phone. She asked us not to try the app until she adjusts to having the hearing aid system in for a while.

Kinda ticked off at our ENT telling us nothing could be done and now we seem to have found a solution. The audiologist we are working with now said if she had gotten proper diagnoses and treatment there was a chance her hearing could have been saved with steroid treatments. She said it needed to be started as soon as the problem started. I guess that was a failing on the urgent care doctor.
 

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Haven't got the new ones yet to try out. They are supposed to white noise tinnitus and help it?? They have Bluetooth and a mic I can sit in a room by people or the TV. Also ties into a Cell Phone. There ones the VA uses around $2,000.00 a set plus the extra stuff like the Mic and Phone thing.

Phonak Audéo™ Marvel is the Brand of them
 

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My wife is on her second set, got them about 3 months ago, so far she's happy with them.

She went to the same hearing specialist she's been going to.

Brand name of Oticon.

Bluetooth, Wi/Fi, phone interface, noise cancelation, rechargeable so no need to change batteries constantly.

About 6 *big ones* for the both of them.
 

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Got mine at costco they are their kirkland brand cost 1600 if I remember correctly. Went back over a year later cause one didn't work. They fixed it within 15 minutes at no charge. Only major problem is hasn't solved the problem of wife's mumbling with her hand in front of her mouth:laugh: so I still have a problem hearing her:banghead: all told year and half later believe money well spent.
I have not been able to hear high frequencies for years. First thing I noticed when walking out to the road to get the mail was that I could hear the birds. I did not realize that I was even missing them. I also have tinnitus.

Dave
I also have tinnitus. Sometimes it gets so loud, I scream would you just shut up. :banghead: Did your hearing aid help with the ringing?Greg
I too have extreme tinnitus and being in a crowd or a restaurant or a meeting where several people talk at once is very frustrating. I went to get hearing tested a few years back and the quack charged me $500.00 and said I needed hearing aids to address minor hearing loss but that the tinnitus is not curable. He said the hearing aids might help out the tinnitus but don't expect any miracles. Years later there has been no relief and the doctor prescribed a sleeping aid that helps for those really bad nights.
I would like to try hearing aids for the progressively worse hearing loss but the prices were too high. Looks like Costco is reasonable but is there a big difference in the quality and effectiveness of these things? Why pay 6 grand when you can get them for a lot less? Pappa ain't made out of money after all!:gizmo:
 

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I too have extreme tinnitus and being in a crowd or a restaurant or a meeting where several people talk at once is very frustrating. I went to get hearing tested a few years back and the quack charged me $500.00 and said I needed hearing aids to address minor hearing loss but that the tinnitus is not curable. He said the hearing aids might help out the tinnitus but don't expect any miracles. Years later there has been no relief and the doctor prescribed a sleeping aid that helps for those really bad nights.
I would like to try hearing aids for the progressively worse hearing loss but the prices were too high. Looks like Costco is reasonable but is there a big difference in the quality and effectiveness of these things? Why pay 6 grand when you can get them for a lot less? Pappa ain't made out of money after all!:gizmo:

I got mine at Sams Club for a lot less than the rip off hearing aid places. What they sell(16 channel), I can get at Sams Club for $1600 a pair. I went with their best high end 96 channel hearing aids for $3400, still a lot less than the rip off hearing aid places. My audiologist was really good. There is no charge for a test. She hooked the new hearing aids up to her computer, made the adjustments and I walked out of there wearing them with a 90 day bring them back guarantee if I did not like them. That was 3 years ago. The ones at Sams Club are Liberty brand and they work just fine. In my case with the 96 channel units, they work much better than the hearing aid rip offs with their 16 channel units.

Sorry for the rant, but I can just get on my soap box all day about these rip offs. There ought be laws against these people taking advantage of us senior citizens. I am doing my best to educate those people than I can.

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Maybe this thread will finally make me go to have my ears checked as I never have before. There is no doubt I need them. Grandkids even are starting to mimic me by saying "What" all the time. :laugh:
 
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