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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Tommy67, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Tommy67

    Tommy67 Member

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    I have reached the point where I realize I need hearing aids. I suspect there are many hearing aid users on this forum and since I have received good advice on firearms, I thought I would ask for advice in this area. I have read volumes of information on the Internet, but would appreciate some real world opinions. What type aid are you using? Did you buy from an audiologist, store like Costco, or online? Thanks for any input.

    Tom
     
  2. Rick in Ohio

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    Has your wife told you from time to time that you need some ........ mine has so I am waiting to see the replies you got on here about it. I have a lot of bad ringing in my ears.
     
  3. dave-320c

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    I recommend Costco; the behind-the-ear aids seem to last longer, as the in-the-ear aids are in a moisture and hotter environment. Costco has a great warranty, and repairs are cheap.

    If you can, get one with blue tooth, as you can mate it with your cell phone and or TV (if your TV has blue tooth).

    Figure around $3,000 for the pair.

    I have had hearing aids for 12 years, and though not perfect for all environments, its a big help.

    Just my opinion; good luck and good shooting.

    Dave
     
  4. Johnny

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    Apparently you haven't had you hearing tested. See an audiologist. Hearing aids are specialized and you need to know the specifics of your loss.
     
  5. CharlieAMA

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    The ringing in my ears is pretty bad. Some days worse than others. My last hearing check was that I had lost 40 percent of my hearing. My insurance won't pay for hearing aids. With the cost of around $4000.00, I told my wife that is was cheaper for her to repeat everything. Charlie
     
  6. Ahab

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    I have the Costco in the ear shell type. Around $2000 for the pair.

    I am very happy with them.
     
  7. joe blow

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    If you are a vet. Try the VA.
     
  8. Senior Duelist

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    My wife has a pair from Costco.
    They will do a hearing test and explain what you need.
    My wife went with the behind the ear as they are programmed with up to five
    programs and you can also purchase a remote unit to access the different programs.
    They set her up three different programs for different situations and a shooting program that shuts them down to protect your ears if tings get really loud.
    She loves hers and went back and had them change a program after an ear surgery
    improved hearing in one ear. Costco is the best bang for your buck. top quality at a resonable price.
    I hope this helps good luck.
    Ken
     
  9. trap7

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    If you guys are vets go to the va also for ringing in your hears they are great about taking care of older vets.
     
  10. yakimaman

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    Don't you have to be "income qualified" for VA treatment? I'm retired military and can't be seen at the VA clinic because my income exceeds their limits.
     
  11. JH

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    Consumer Reports and many others recommend COSTCO.....
     
  12. Garry

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    "Don't you have to be "income qualified" for VA treatment? I'm retired military and can't be seen at the VA clinic because my income exceeds their limits."

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    If your just talking hearing aids, then the answer is no. But you will need to see if you qualify for free hearing aids by taking a VA hearing exam. If the exam shows your hearing loss meets the VA criteria, the VA will provide you with the top of the line hearing aids free of charge. The VA audiologist will recommend which style(in the ear or over the ear) will work best for you depending on which frequencies you can and cannot hear. The VA will then order the hearing aids for you. After the VA receives the hearing aids a VA hearing specialist will fine tune the hearing aid to you. The batteries are also free from the VA and you can get a new pair of hearing aids free of charge every 4 years to take advantage in the latest technology. The VA put me in the over the ear style and they cost the VA $6,000 per pair.

    If you have other health issues that you feel are service connected you can file a VA claim for compensation and pension regardless of how much your income is. You will need to provide supporting documents to justify why you think the your health issue is service connected.

    Some claims get approved and some don't.

    I hope this helps. Call the Eligibility office at your VA hospital and request a hearing exam. Once you take the hearing exam you know whether or not you qualify for free hearing aids. Good luck.
     
  13. DJM

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    At the audiologists it was recomended I get hearing aids. I went to a hearing clinic and paid $3,200 for the pair of behind the ears model. I did not IMO get $3200 worth of value. They make a subtle difference at best. My sister-in-law paid $6000 for her pair and she is very satisfied. It made a big difference for her. So next time around I will try something different. The place I bought from does not let you try them out first. That is one thing I will be looking for next time, try before I buy.
     
  14. beeper

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    The VA will furnish hearing aids to ALL Veterans who are in need of them. I think the VA has accepted (apparently) the blame for hearing loss and tenitus and will now help all Vets. I have a pair of $4000 hearing aids for free and get the batteries for free as needed.

    the Beeper
     
  15. Johnny

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    DJM , If the audiologist recommended a behind the ear model you must have a significant loss. High frequency loss? The aids can only help so much depending upon the amount of loss you have. The behind the ear models have the most amplification. People with the tiny in the ear models have little hearing loss.
     
  16. Ljutic111

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    I have had probably the worst experience with my hearing aids . Had to get them thru United Health Care from Epic Hearing in California with a $1000 discount . Programed behind the ear type that were problems from the start . Had to get a total of 8 molds before they found ones that would work 70% of the time and constantly had squeeling in the truck or at a restaurant . 20+ visits and 3 times they had to be sent back for repairs so I just may wear the right one only. They disconnected the volume controls because either of the 2 audio companies could get them to work . My wife has to close the door to any room I`m in so she can hear her programs on another TV . I tried to get my money back from the credit card company, Epic and 2 bouts with the insurance company with no luck . They all say I`m too hard to please ??? I can`t hear my grandkids talk on the telephone. I think its a lost cause with the money so reading this I may try the VA for another set . A friend had a set from Costco`s and he had no problems but that would just add more money to what I had already spent which is close to $3000 with the discount .I also have Tenitus .
     
  17. TjayE

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    I too am hard of hearing and ringing in my ears. I went to my health care audiologist and had a hearing test. She recommended that I get hearing aids for both ears, which I did and had to pay up front. $4800.00 for the pair. I did have a 30 day trial for satisfaction. I just could not get use to the hearing aids. Went back to have them digitally adjusted every two or three days. Nothing worked for me. Long story short, I returned the hearing aids after 29 days of use with an unsatisfactory report. I just got my up front payment back yesterday after a two month wait. Oh, they did keep $150.00 for their efforts. This was no surprise to me because it was stated in my contract. Tom
     
  18. shootsatem

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    Check out the NRA hearing aid benefit program...up to 60% off on Starkey aids.

    I have digital Behind-the-Ear (BTE). The best I ever had...and...instead of replacing them down the road they can be upgraded...For me, they're more comfortable than In-the-Ear (ITE) aids, no squealing like the ITE aids either.

    NRA will set up an appointment for you at a NRA certified aid dealer near you...

    I went to the VA a few years ago and they basically told me to go pound sand...
     
  19. PDW1938

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    U.S. Army 1956/1958. Severe tinitus from Garand range. My hearing continued to worsen over the years. I purchased my first three sets of aids, starting in 1989 ($1000 to final $3800). Went to a new audiologist to purchase a new set. Surprise! She is a Army veteran. She told me, she hated to lose a customer, but that I could get them at the VA free. Long story short. I went to VA and got a pair of Phonak aids with bluetooth and a device that I wear around my neck that receives the signal from phone and sends it to aids without having to touch phone. Amazing device. Total cost to me, $0. To VA, lots of $'s. If you're a vet, check the VA. Paul
     
  20. Kimball

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    I have a reasonably new pair of phonak S with bluetooth which I do not use. I bought them from my ENT doctor's audiologist and they are fantastic! I tried Sam's, but they were not as sophisticated in there programing. It left a great deal to be desired. An audiologist that can program them with computer software is well worth the additional $.