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  1. #31
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    What do you do when your in shop, turn them off. or remove them.

    I don't wear mine in the shop, they will turn off or mute themselves while wearing my ear muffs. I still have enough hearing I guess that I don't feel they're needed there. For me, mostly in room where people may not speak loudly! Or other background noise.

    Don't wear them all the time, probably should...

    Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

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    I got my aids through Humana, and on their program through Tru Hearing, my cost was under $2000.00 for top of the line HAs (Flyte brand). I went back to inner ear type because of sweat getting in the mics. If you have retirement medicare insurance, might be worth looking into as well. Do not go to Beltone!!! Gets dander up, sorry.
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  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Westfall View Post
    What do you do when your in shop, turn them off. or remove them.

    I don't wear mine in the shop, they will turn off or mute themselves while wearing my ear muffs. I still have enough hearing I guess that I don't feel they're needed there. For me, mostly in room where people may not speak loudly! Or other background noise.

    Don't wear them all the time, probably should...

    I wear mine in the shop - mainly because I wear mine all the time. One advantage of the aids is that they have a sound limiter in them. That is, if there's a loud sound in the shop, the aids will limit how loud that sound is presented to the ears to keep it within a safe volume.

    Most people who wear aids find that it's difficult to understand speech when there's a lot of ambient noise (such as a room full of people talking). There's work going on by the hearing aids companies to improve comprehension in those situations but it's still in the early stages. If you get a top of the line hearing aid from a reputable company it may have that technology (early technology, however). I think in a few years we'll see real improvement in that area.

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    I wear my HA and use my cochlear implant(CI) when I am in the shop. I do wear a lapel microphone wind screen over the microphone for my CI sound processor. I found that if I sweat a lot, the sweat damages the wind screens on the microphones for my HA, thus I don't wear the HA to the gym or if I am mowing the lawn. I don't wear either device when I go to bed at night.

    Both my HA and CI have the ability to "muffle" loud sounds so they don't bother me. I can listen to music in the shop on my stereo, start the DC, power up a tool, use it and then after I shut the tool off, I can listen to the music again. Granted, listening to music and the power tools simultaneously is not optimal but it wasn't when I had normal hearing.
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    Well, I had my hearing tested last week and as expected I have severe loss in several of the higher frequencies and in a few of the lower frequencies. After the test the audiologist set me up with a pair of HA’s and told me to just walk around and listen to people talking, go outside and listen to the birds, etc. It was pretty profound. Now I have to decide what to do, what kind, and how much money I’m prepared to spend. I’d like to keep it under 3k. I’m also trying to decide which style would be better, in-ear or behind the ear. I think I would prefer in-ear but don’t know if there are any downsides to them.

    Anymore great advice?
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    Bruce, were you happy with your experience at Costco? I think I'm getting closer to this...similar issue with frequencies; profoundly in the right ear.
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    Bruce,
    I have recently gotten my hearing aids. I spent $5K but that was for the pair of aids, all doc visits, and audiologist visits for a full year...to also cover all office visits for software updates, and hearing program changes. I have the ReSound Smart 3D app on my iPhone and my aids are the ReSound LiNX Quattro. Really like them and I can change the programming on the fly based on where I am and what I want to hear more or less of. My frequency ranges are a lot like yours but the important thing for me was to have a good audiologist who will program the hearing aids to match my hearing loss diagnosis. My medical insurance helped to pay for most of the bill. My aids are "rechargeable" and a USB charger that I can carry with me to drop them into to recharge my hearing aids even when I'm away from home. A typical charge lasts about 3 days use.
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    Jim, I think so, the test seemed thorough but I have nothing to compare it to. The gentleman that did the test is a licensed NM-HAD specialist, (whatever that means) but it comes down to who do you trust. There’s a guy on you tube, Dr. Cliff, AuD that has several seemingly unbiased vids on Costco HA’s. The skill of the person doing the test and using the results to program the HA software is critically important. One of his videos “Costco Hearing Aids | The GOOD, The BAD, & The UGLY” goes into good detail about it.

    Dennis, thanks for the info. I’ve been looking at the ReSound Vida that Costco sells. It sounds like it has similar features to the Quattro. Did you get in-ear? Do you think the rechargeable option is worthwhile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    Jim, I think so, the test seemed thorough but I have nothing to compare it to. The gentleman that did the test is a licensed NM-HAD specialist, (whatever that means) but it comes down to who do you trust. There’s a guy on you tube, Dr. Cliff, AuD that has several seemingly unbiased vids on Costco HA’s. The skill of the person doing the test and using the results to program the HA software is critically important. One of his videos “Costco Hearing Aids | The GOOD, The BAD, & The UGLY” goes into good detail about it.

    Dennis, thanks for the info. I’ve been looking at the ReSound Vida that Costco sells. It sounds like it has similar features to the Quattro. Did you get in-ear? Do you think the rechargeable option is worthwhile?
    My opinion is that you're better off with batteries than with rechargeable aids. Couple of reasons: If you have a battery go dead while you're out somewhere you just put in a new battery. If you forget to charge your battery overnight (I'm sure it happens) and the battery runs out of juice, you're out of luck until you get home and charge up.
    Also, it depends on how difficult it is to change the rechargeable battery when it fails. If they can do it in the store - good. If it has to be sent back to the manufacturer - not good. But even in the best case, you're going to be without a hearing aid until you can get an appointment.

    Just make sure you get aids with Bluetooth.

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    My Resound HAs work great for phone calls as long as everything is charged well. If any of the components are low they drop out. The call is still there you just have to use the phone normally.

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    Don't want to mislead anyone nor promote the sale of 'snake oil' remedies for tinnitus, but I decided to give the suppliment Lipo Flavonoid Plus a try at the suggestion of a pharmacist.
    Been taking it about 6 weeks now and I think it has reduced the roaring I have between my ears. There is serious ringing in both as well that seems to be slightly less noticeable.
    I'm going to give it the full 60 days recomended and see if it's worth the $25+ per bottle.
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    I'm glad it's working for you Bill, you're one of the lucky ones. I did two full rounds of Lipo with no change.
    Interestingly when I took the HA's for a test drive my ringing seemed to lessen. It could've been the newness of all the other sounds but it was noticeable.
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