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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Acer, Jan 10, 2010.

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  1. Acer

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    What is your opinion on the best and best value on the in the canal small type, digital hearing aids? Thanks for your response. Johnny Whidden
     
  2. ivanhoe

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    Johnny1

    "What is your opinion on the best and best value on the in the canal small type, digital hearing aids?"

    John with all due respect to you and the question you are asking. How would the average person be able to answer that? Unless you can afford to by several different Hearing Devices your answer would be based on a limited opinion.

    The average person only gets to to by one set at a time and from what I have seen you can spend $600 dollars each or $3000-3500 each so I found that what ever you purchase has to fit your budget a or insurance if you are fortunate enough to have it.

    I had at least a half dozen hearing tests before I made my decision to buy. BTW not all of those hearing tests supported the findings of one another.

    Bob Lawless
     
  3. Dave P

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    I agree with Rebel. Tried and bought the wrong kind. When my budget permits I'll go with the "behind the ear" type.
     
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    SIR,

    I have been wearing hearing aids since I was about 20. I currently wear a digital style . But as a 40+ year user I would not even attempt to advise you on a brand or type . I will tell you that the first thing you need to do is go to a Doctor ( MD) that is an EAR-NOSE -THROAT specialist . THEN & only then he MAY reccommend an Audiologist . At that point you will be assured that you have taken the proper steps & be able to proceed in CONFIDENCE from your professionals advice , as to what is best for your personal application .
    Please don't go to the mall & get a " test " and buy an aid .

    I hope this helps.

    BILL



    BILL
     
  5. jakearoo

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    unfortunately, hearing aides are one of the biggest scams out there. Huge profit margins and the dealers limit who can sell dramatically both through politics and marketing agreements. Very little insurance coverage for it and it is usually linked into the whole system.

    A real tragedy as most people need some sort of hearing aide when they get older and the technology is not expensive these days.

    I sure wish Bose and folks like that would get involved and sell them through many retail stores. But it probably is not going to happen.
     
  6. thunder

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    Costco best buy out their. They get approximately 1/2 the price as regular hearing places and they are the highest quality. I purchased a pair of Rexton model Cobalt behind the ear for 2600.00 per pair, at a hearing place same set is around 6000.00 per pair. Costco have lower priced ones also. Another nice feature free hearing test and Costco has a 90 day return policey on them.

    I personally cannot stand the kind that go in the ear cavity and love my behind the ear model.

    Andy
     
  7. Shooting Coach

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    I prefer the behind the ear digital Starkey's. They are set up to help me hear things going on behind me as well as side and front.

    VA covered the cost in full, and supplies batteries and service. I hope Obama's Health Care Abortion does not go through.

    Old folks will be in trouble, and I resemble that remark.
     
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    I'm disappointed with mine.
     
  9. foghorn220

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    Johnny1:

    Ok I have been hard of hearing ever since I was a kid I have had ear surgery back in the 70's they replaced a couple of bones with plastic ones then took a vien out of my hand to go around them anyway I get a hearing exam every year at work but it is now 85 percent deaf out of that ear.

    All it is good for now is to hold my saftey glasses on straight.
    My father's side of the family has nerve deafness im sure im in the same boat ok I can hear what people are saying but it makes no sense unless I already know what they are going to talk about.

    I do have an in ear hearing aid but it is useless to me it only magnifies the stuff I can't dechiper anyway.

    So I say a lot of HUH and I know people hates to hear that.

    That is why I like the job I have right now I work alone and don't have to talk to others on the job unless I get up and go and talk to them ok I work in a press area as in 125 to 200 ton presses banging about 30,000 parts out in a 8 hour shift so I can't wear a hearing aid at work since it would make me even more deaf!

    Allright I agree with some of the others that the best one is behind the ear type but I know some don't want one showing out in the open but my dad and grand dad had that type and that is what worked best for them if I ever get another one then I will get that type also I would rather hear than look pretty.
    My grand dad always put his hand up to his ear when ever he couldn't hear real good and I notice that it helps makes it sound like in stereo.

    Anyway for the ones that don't have a hearing problem then you should be thankful I guess that is why I like to talk thru a computer more than talking in person because I can read and type better than I can hear.

    Good Luck

    Foggy
     
  10. rw993

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    I have had three different types. Currently the Oticon behind the ear is great. They are a little ways away from incorporating BlueTooth technology so your cell phone will come to you via your Hearing Aids. The jump from amplifying sound to amplifying clarity was tremendous. I would not have bought anymore if they were "in the ear" types. Not cheap, but they changed my frustration level considerably (as well as my wife's).

    RW
     
  11. Savage99Stan

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    I have digital, in the canal type (won't say name yet) and have been quite unhappy with them. Each side had been rebuilt at least three times in the first two years (warranty gone now). Right side never worked as well as left, probably as more loss in right but still has never been able to be adjusted high enough so that it was equal. If and when, I'll try behind the ear types.

    Supposed to filter out background noise but doesn't work well in crowds, not much help with phone..a little better, I think I still say "what" about as much.
     
  12. dr.beav

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    I have to agree that hearing aid sales people are about the biggest "scammers" out there. They will try to sell you a $500 pair of hearing aids for $6,000. I would suggest you look around a little bit and get some prices. You might want to try hearingaidconnection.com for they seem honest and will do what they say they will do. Only problem is when you have a problem you have to mail the problem back to them and that takes time. I have a back up set so that is not a problem for me. I saved about $5,000 by buying my current set from these internet people as compared to what the local "schysters" wanted for the same set. the beav
     
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    Costco provides the best bang for the buck.

    Great service and prices.

    I use behind the ear; lasts longer, etc.

    Dave
     
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    Would also like to add that the Bluetooth technogly has a lot to be desired on the current hearing aids. I tried 2 different brands of hearing aids with this feature and didn't like them. The problem with the sound is not good, it might be my current cell phone causing this. I also tried the tv bluetooth feature and don't like that it only good for 30ft.

    Just heads up as my current one have the feature, but didn't purchase the bluetooth accessories.

    Andy
     
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    I hear (no pun intended) that there are some models that address the Tinnitus problem by some sort of masking technology. I apologize for derailing; but if you don't mind, could we veer off into that direction, or I can start another thread. all the best...mike
     
  16. Hap MecTweaks

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    Mike, I think a lot of people have that infernal ringing in their ears!

    I have a pair of in the ear aids and had cut-off switches installed for hunting and shooting. They shut down at a certain decible level. My next ones will be behind the ear types!

    Hap
     
  17. wlc

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    I presently have a pair of Phonak, "behind the ear" models. I have had several different aids and these are the best so far. I find the behind the ear, open fit type to work better in a noisy environment. They also don't have the plugged up feeling that "in the ear" models do. They are still a long way from having good, normal, hearing though. I thing having them programmed correctly to match your hearing loss is important also.
     
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