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So, I've come to accept that I may have to have hearing aids.
I cannot hear a 3 KHz tone in either ear; and I have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments unless I'm looking right at the person. My left ear is worse than my right.
Likely problem is age, aircraft noise, and guns.

I recently slept right through a 35 Watt alarm siren.

I think they're expensive -- any idea how expensive?
Are they going to tell me I must have one in both ears to make it work?

Brand suggestions?
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(03-05-2016, 12:03 AM)justMongo Wrote: So, I've come to accept that I may have to have hearing aids.
I cannot hear a 3 KHz tone in either ear; and I have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments unless I'm looking right at the person. My left ear is worse than my right.
Likely problem is age, aircraft noise, and guns.

I recently slept right through a 35 Watt alarm siren.

I think they're expensive -- any idea how expensive?
Are they going to tell me I must have one in both ears to make it work?

Brand suggestions?

I have purchased a number over the years. I find SOME of the discount hearing aids are just as good or better than anything I can get through a hearing specialist. Most recently I have been using Hearing Help Express. The $400 in the ear aid is pretty good, but I did have some feedback problems. The last one I bought is by far the best. It is a behind the ear aid with the speaker in the ear. Most behind the ear models transfer sound through a tube. This one cost $1000.

I never use more than one because I find the natural hearing is more helpful than another aid, at least for me.

Ed

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#3
I recently did a lot of research on hearing aids for my mom. Your best bet is to go to Costco. You do have to get a $55 membership but they have just two price points. The advantage of Costco over others as they do all manufacturers. The price points I believe were $850 and $1300.

As to whether to get one or two , depends on your hearing, depends on your willingness to buy a second one. If you have significant loss in both ears, two generally work better than one. This is based on my research, not my personal experience.
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#4
You'll need to try a few. A specialist was the only way to go for us. How much they cost depends on the quality, features and what the HA needs to correct.

Top of the line will cost you thousands and probably not needed. The cost is based on marketing name, how many channels, the processor, software, in the case of two HA that they sync with each other, the features such as bluetooth for pairing with your cell, remotes, devices that connect TVs, rechargeable batteries. (Yes you will go through a lot of batteries.) Almost all of them include T-coils these days so you can easily use a loop to connect a phone, tv or your computer's sound.

As for whether to get one or two, it's your preference. My wife flat out hates HAs but she tried just one and then two and preferred having two.

BTW, you won't wear your hearing aids at night when you are sleeping. You should look into getting some sort of "pillow vibration" device. These can alert you when a certain acoustical level has been reached. Such a phone, smoke alarm sounding etc.


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#5
I have a digital Widex hearing aid which serves me well. I wear only one hearing aid because I am deaf in the remaining ear. Without my hearing aid, I basically hear nothing - so my hearing aid is my lifeline to the outside world. Obviously I sought the services of a hearing specialist through our local hospital. My husband recently got a pair of hearing aids from the Hanson company and he is pleased with the outcome.

He didn't realize how much he was missing with regard to hearing conversations and he was pleasantly surprised when he walked outside and could hear birds singing in the trees. Having a hearing aid is one of life's adjustments and it does take a little time. I would recommend going through a reputable source, perhaps on the recommendation of your doctor or a trusted friend.

Also to protect your valued investment in the hearing aid, it is wise to put the hearing aid into a 'dry-aid' storage box at night. A 'dry-aid' storage box removes moisture that accumulates during periods of wear during the day. In the beginning I did not have one of these storage boxes and I would frequently have to have repairs made to my aid. Now that both my husband and I have use of this device, we rarely require repairs beyond the normal wear and tear. I can't speak to the cost because our insurance does not cover the cost of a hearing aid. I can tell you that I paid about $2800 for one and my husband paid about $3000 for two aids. Expensive yes, but I would pay that amount and more IF there was a way to restore my hearing completely. Take care of your hearing while you still have it.
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#6
I've been looking at hearing aids also as I have lost about 50% of hearing in my left ear. My ENT said I should get the type that transfers the sound from the left side to the right. I also have tinitus in my left ear from 30 years of flying and working around the flight line (even with hearing protection). It is the vibration that does the number.

If you do get hearing aids, make sure they have a T-coil capability to make it easier to use a phone and to take advantage of the hearing assist circuits in a lot of venues.

Homer
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#7
Choose the right HA with the help of your audiologist
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(01-23-2017, 05:03 AM)EssienM Wrote: Choose the right HA with the help of your audiologist

Thank you.

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#9
I don't know whether you are aware of this. In a recent study, it is found that people who are suffering from sleep apnea might also have either high or low-frequency hearing loss. Recently I happened to read an article which is similar to this topic. Hereby I'm sharing it.
https://www.hearingsolutions.ca/blog/the...aring-loss
Hope this helps.
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#10
From the linked article: Quote:
One study looked at almost 14,000 patients and found that 10% of those people had sleep apnea. Around 31% of the patients with sleep apnea had either high or low frequency hearing loss or a combination of both.
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The obvious question is: "What was the hearing loss of the 90% of people who didn't have sleep apnea?"
and "How many of them went to rock concerts or raves?"
Finally: I'm not sure I trust this report because there is no link to the actual published study... no way to dig deeper...

But it is an intriguing possibility, so thank you for posting it, and welcome to the forum!
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