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Old 06-11-2019, 07:57 PM   #31
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Damaged my hearing back in 1978 when I was 22 years old. I was in the police academy and we went to the range to fire the Remington 870 shotgun for the first time. The instructors forgot to bring the hearing protectors and it would have taken almost 2 hours to go retrieve them, and it was a Friday and we were to be released for the weekend once we were done. It was decided to continue without them. Dumb. I've had tinnitus (ringing) ever since.


I was watching Youtube videos the other day and was wearing headphones when I came across this video "hearing test". I'm sad to say that my result was in the lower orange range of frequencies.

At least you'd had the chance to live life a bit. When I got my initial diagnosis in my late teens at the end of the 1970s, doc says, "well you could benefit from a hearing aid" and I says

No I didn't. At the Warren Otology Clinic.

No.

No.

But I wanted to say, "Doc, you been in the medical narcotics you guys keep around?"

I mean, young folks with hearing aids? For minor hearing loss?

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Old 06-11-2019, 08:25 PM   #32
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When one's hearing gets bad and they have to use an aid it becomes very important to get one that delivers the energy to the correct frequency ranges and that is extremely difficult to achieve. Few hearing practitioners will go into that level of detail. But, energy delivered at the wrong frequencies can cause additional damage. It is like turning up the volume for things you cannot hear. The first aid I tried was so far off the side of my head hurt within an hour of use. Even my current aid I try to leave it out as much as possible as on long days that ear fades to where even with the aid there is almost nothing. More powerful aids just do more damage.

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Old 06-11-2019, 09:29 PM   #33
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@Bud9051 , maybe we can have us a separate thread on this?

About how hearing aids suck, and well you know
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:10 PM   #34
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I am very pleased with my Miracle Ear brand aid.

It's small fits above my auricle, with a wire with a tiny speaker on it, removable to sleep, it charges up overnight.

I forget that it is in the ear, it is so light, and they tunes it to my particular loss,

I got to sit in a giant egg, to have the hearing tests, wore headphones and signaled which frequencies and tones that I heard.

Turns out that my left ear is completely dead, ( no surprise there), So I get to buy just one.

Had an appointment today for adjustments and a new speaker, this happens every 6 months.

No charge, included with a lifetime service deal at the beginning.

Not all hearing aid providers are the same, I am pleased with

MIRACLE EAR company.



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Today's technology makes it possible for just about any local office to provide a quality aid and tune it to the needs of the patient. My objections start with the prices they charge and go on through the testing and service provided. Much of my bad experience came from the old analog technology which limits their ability to tune the end product. When digital became available that greatly improved the capabilities of the providers but still required them to adapt their procedures. Personally I haven't gone back to any of my local offices as my current aid comes from a mail order company, long story and not an approach I would recommend.

Ed's story is what I would look for, a quality brand backed by top line testing and support. With the internet today feedback should make that searching a whole lot easier.

The next major step for aids will (IMO) come from insurance coverage. As much as I dislike insurance they have the muscle to force the prices down to a reasonable level. But that is another long story, insurance, I'm shaking.

There is still a lot of room for technical advances and I'm looking forward to that.

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