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Old 10-23-2018, 11:49 AM
 
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Also OP $7500 for one hearing aid is ridiculous.

A top of the line Siemans is roughly $2200. So you may want to get a few quotes next time.
Yes that is what we paid three years ago. Thanks for that info..... And now we are being told by the business where we bought them, that Seimans will no longer cover repairs because they only offer a three year guarantee. And they have had to be repaired at least three times already. The business says they will do tune ups for life but we will have to pay for repairs from now on. We had just moved to our current city when we bought these so weren't sure where to purchase. We have time to do more research now.
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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My BIL has a cochlear implant. He doesn't use it to hear generally. Instead my sister has a small microphone pinned to her lapel, so he can hear her. I don't know whether that's his choice or whether that's just as well as it works for him.

If I had one of those, the last thing I would want is for my wife to have a microphone!!!
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Old 10-23-2018, 09:23 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Thanks everyone for your input! Its so helpful to hear from others who have been through this. it makes me sad that more hasn't been done to help folks with hearing loss and worse, those who are deaf. So much to think about and research. It is not simple. I could have never predicted the impact that my husbands hearing loss has had on our marriage. It has made communication so much more difficult so I sometimes just avoid talking to him because it takes more effort. And so have other people. I know this has affected him more deeply than he can admit.
His current hearing aid is three years old and its a Siemens.....one of you mentioned Siemens....when he was fitted, there was no mention of bluetooth or cell phone connection. So I'll be checking into that for sure.
Whats been shared here about cochlear implant is discouraging so will have to do some research there as well.
Someone above mentioned going back to the audiologist -- more than once -- to get it adjusted. All of the modern hearing aids are programmable. They can make it work for him. But he has to be able to describe what his problem is... such as difficulty hearing voices when there is background noise, difficulty hearing the TV, voices sounding garbled or mumbled, etc.

If his Siemens aids are only 3 years old, the audiologist should be able to make adjustments. It may take several tries to get it right. Don't spend more money on new ones until you get someone to adjust the ones he has. I would go back to the place you got them.
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Old 10-23-2018, 10:53 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I got a Siemens about three years ago and it cost around $5,000. My insurance paid most of the cost and I recently read where they will do that every two years. My Audiologist had a warranty that continues after the Siemens warranty ends so long as they can fix the problem in-house. I've had good experience with the hearing aids until recently when the program seems messed up and the lanyard controller malfunctions. I've not taken it in for service yet...it works well 90% of the time. I'll take them in soon.

After three years my unassisted hearing seems worse on days when I don't wear the hearing aids. My brain is used to hearing better and doesn't try to fill in the gaps by guessing at the context. I notice also that the fit isn't as snug as it was and the earpieces seem loose. I wear glasses and there seems to be more of an issue with the fit over my ears.
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Old 10-24-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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This is a quote from a forum on CD where people are talking about hearing aids and is one of the best descriptions of what we go through just to talk to others I've ever found. It's a doctor telling a mom what her 13 year old daughter is going to experience from congenital hearing loss.

"(Hearing) people use selective inattention and decide casually what to tune out. But your daughter has to use selective attention. She has to constantly decide when to listen and then devote energy to doing so. It's an exhausting process that requires both physical and cognitive concentration. When you see two men leaning on a fence and looking at a mule, you hear the conversation and choose to ignore them or not. She has to process the scene, decide if it's important, cognitively evaluate context to decide they might be talking about the mule, then apply all that to decode the sounds she hears."
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:40 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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^^^Before I got my hearing aids I heard people say the most outlandish and bizarre things -- it was sad but hilarious at the same time. I knew they couldn't have said what my brain thought they said...it guessed at the context and filled in the gaps. I'd get caught smiling and have to explain on occasion. A few times I got caught responding inappropriately based on what I thought I heard. People seem much more rational and less comical once I got my hearing aids. I guess that's a good thing.
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Old 10-24-2018, 11:27 AM
 
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I am not retired, but want to know what type of hearing aid will be beneficial for some one with profound hearing loss in one ear. Will the hearing aid send the sound to the other ear or will it increase the decibels on the affected ear??
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Old 10-24-2018, 12:41 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I am not retired, but want to know what type of hearing aid will be beneficial for some one with profound hearing loss in one ear. Will the hearing aid send the sound to the other ear or will it increase the decibels on the affected ear??
All depends on what causes the hearing loss. Hearing aid places offer free exams all the time. Why don't you go for one of those and then ask all your questions to the expert there.
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Old 10-24-2018, 01:14 PM
 
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^^^Before I got my hearing aids I heard people say the most outlandish and bizarre things -- it was sad but hilarious at the same time. I knew they couldn't have said what my brain thought they said...it guessed at the context and filled in the gaps. I'd get caught smiling and have to explain on occasion. A few times I got caught responding inappropriately based on what I thought I heard. People seem much more rational and less comical once I got my hearing aids. I guess that's a good thing.
Me too. I still turn to my wife and ask if that's what they really said. Sometimes it's hilarious.
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Old 10-24-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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The amount of hearing loss will dictate what type of hearing aid you need.

Minimal= fully in canal(non visible)
Medium = in ear but visible
Severe= behind ear

You have to find a real certified audiologist. As other poster stated you have to get used to them. Think of it as you switching to bifocals. You will hear noises differently. Most are digital now and very easy to program on a computer to match your hearing loss. But tweaks will need to be made.

The best brand imo is Siemens. They have been around a while. I’ve tried others with no luck. So it’s worth the extra $.
It is not necessarily true that there is a correlation between amount of hearing loss and style of hearing aids. When I got my hearing aids at Costco, however they classified my hearing loss (based on an audiologist's hearing test), I was offered several differeng styles.

Some patients just can't tolerate the "fully in canal" style -- this has nothing to do with their amount of hearing loss per se. They can't tolerate how the "fully in canal style" feels in their eustachian tube.

Most people end up with "behind the ear style" -- I did, and I don't have severe hearing loss. Costco sells rebranded hearing aids -- they are really good, but there are a number of good brands of hearing aids.

When you are shopping, beware of advertising that promises "breakthrough technology", or hearing aids that bear ridiculous names (e.g., Miracle Ear). Hearing aid technology is very advanced and has been solid for years. There is not one company that has some miracle technology than others don't either have or have something close to. As always, caveat emptor.
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