Hearing Aids: An Explorer Shares a Cautionary Tale

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Explorer Lynn shares with the  group that her sister in law recently called her to report finding a surprisingly inexpensive pair of hearing aids that she bought over the Internet. Despite having purchased a substantially more expensive set, she never wore them, and was quite enthusiastic about the cheaper ones.

Lynn's subsequent research surfaced a trove of negative information about Internet sales of hearing aids, and she cautioned that even word of mouth endorsements warrant substantiation before going ahead with a purchase. 

Reasons:

  • Louder is not necessarily better.
  • Hearing aids need to be tuned to losses in one's hearing range using a personal prescription.

The best devices employ digital signal processing which differentiate voice sounds from ambient noise or music. Hence they are very specific as opposed to amplification only. However, many cannot afford more than amplification and may marginally benefit from amplification only.

On the other hand, it may save expense to send one's hearing profile to vendors (like iHear) who can send the devices to you.

Multiple vendors and sources are mentioned and discussed by members, including one member's reported hearing improvement through a brain training approach.

 

 

 

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hearing aids, hearing augmentation equipment, sound amplification

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