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May 13, 2021 - 7:33:39 PM
53 posts since 1/28/2017

I just ordered a set of hearing aids off Amazon. I'm sure some of you have hearing aids. Are there anything I should be aware of playing the banjo with them. Turn them down?? or is it a plus using them?? Sounds like stupid questions but my wife has been pushing these for awhile.

Thanks,

Rich

May 13, 2021 - 8:04:56 PM
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11934 posts since 1/15/2005

All hearing aids are not the same, so I don't know if you can get a "one size fits all" answer. I bought mine at Costco after getting a pretty thorough hearing test and having them tweaked to my specific needs. The settings on mine can be changed to about six different situations and one of them is "playing music". I have used that setting and frankly it doesn't make much difference, so when I play I just leave the setting on "automatic". I think you are just going to have to experiment and see which you like better.

PS:  I should add that all Costco hearing centers are not the same and the service and help you get is almost entirely dependent upon the technician you have at yours.  Mine, I thought, was excellent.

Edited by - BanjoLink on 05/13/2021 20:06:11

May 14, 2021 - 4:38:04 AM
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2292 posts since 3/29/2008

Sorry, could you repeat that please?

May 14, 2021 - 4:54:42 AM

BobbyE

USA

2846 posts since 11/29/2007

So much depends on HAs and playing banjo because hearing is so subjective and there are so many features regarding HAs based on how expensive they are, what they are supposed to do, etc. I wear Resounds and they are a bit north of $5K, or were the last time my tech tried to sell me on a new pair. My older ones still work so I am holding off as long as I can. Until you actually get the HAs in your ear, hard to say what your experience will be. Put them on, see what they do for you, and then come back with some questions that are specific to your experience. Good luck.

Bobby

May 14, 2021 - 7:41 AM

raybob

USA

13527 posts since 12/11/2003

I’ve had HA’s since November. I also got them at Costco. The tech set them up to give me back what I was missing with my particular hearing loss. So the sounds at first were so loud and sharp it was not pleasant, and the banjo sounded so loud and metallic that I couldn’t play it very much.
I fiddled with the settings and complained when I went back for my follow up. He reprogrammed the HA’s which made things somewhat better. I still mess with the settings so the sound suits me better, and for music playing I use the music setting, turn the volume down a few notches, and boost the bass. Sometimes I’ll use that setting for most or all of the day. It sounds the most natural to me.
They have a ‘restaurant’ setting that I’ve never used. It’s supposed to filter out some of the ambient noise you get in such places and make it easier to hear conversations at the table. Because of the pandemic we haven’t been in a restaurant in over a year.
Overall I’d say the HA’s are a good thing. Before I always had to ask people to repeat themselves, and when someone called a tune I couldn’t hear that either, so always had to have that repeated as well. Then when the pandemic hit and everyone was wearing masks I could no longer read lips to help me understand what was said. That’s what pushed me over the edge.
Good luck.

May 14, 2021 - 7:48:03 AM

10129 posts since 8/22/2006

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

May 14, 2021 - 2:44:18 PM

QldPicker

Australia

337 posts since 4/17/2020

Game over once you get hearing aids!
'The being excused due to industrial deafness' excuse, won't work any more!

May 14, 2021 - 3:03:07 PM

donc

Canada

6566 posts since 2/9/2010

I would guess that Amazon hearing aids could be a fraction of the price of typical brand name products. Most hearing issues are not about how loud you need to hear but how much help you need hearing certain frequencies. Age related related hearing loss is usually related to the higher frequencies. A simple example is where you will set a radio dial between bass and treble in order to hear a person's voice. A more elaborate sound system will have equalizer bars to adjust selected frequencies. A proper hearing test will evaluate where you're hearing needs improvement. A do it yourself set may help those with marginal problems but they may lack the ability to adjust for more complicated hearing issues. Costco does sell brand name units for a much lower price. When I bought my set of Phonak units Costco was selling 40% of all the hearing aids in America. In my case I probably saved 65% by going through Costco. When you buy from a private hearing clinic the markup is often astronomical. As mentioned before it also depends upon the technician's ability to evaluate each person's needs.

May 14, 2021 - 5:28:27 PM
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53 posts since 1/28/2017

I get them Sunday and see what happens. They can be returned. Had to start some where. I did take a test thru AARP, so I don't know how good it was. Slight loss in both ears. You guys mean I'll
have to listen to the wife and my excuses are gone.

May 15, 2021 - 4:53:49 AM
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figmo59

USA

33415 posts since 3/5/2008

Um....
Dude....

The Whimin...folk....
Been pushin..Men folk...
To get ..listening aids fer years....

They think...
Our hearing is bad... ;0)

May 16, 2021 - 5:27:48 PM

53 posts since 1/28/2017

Sent the HA back. Too loud, my wife's piano sounded like a rock concert at lowest setting. in future I'll use Costco or a doctor.

May 16, 2021 - 9:11:48 PM

11934 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by cobra1

Sent the HA back. Too loud, my wife's piano sounded like a rock concert at lowest setting. in future I'll use Costco or a doctor.


Probably a good move.  However, you have to understand that it will probably take months for you to really get used to them ...... even when properly set up.  As one of my friends said "I still can't hear my wife, but I can hear my shoelaces dragging on the ground".  That is the way I felt.  I will say that all of the Costco HAs are made by reputable manufacturers, so much so, that the local hearing aid dealers complained so much that Costco started putting their own name on their least expensive pair.  Mine, I think, were made by Siemens.  Not sure who their least expensive ones are made by now.

May 17, 2021 - 4:56:42 AM

53 posts since 1/28/2017

Thanks for all the info. After trying out yesterday we are going to hold off for awhile.

Thanks,

Rich

May 18, 2021 - 4:08:58 AM

Buddur

USA

2968 posts since 10/23/2004

My Ex use to work for an audiologist who sold hearing aids. It was astounding to hear how much markup they'd put on such devices and how expensive they were in the end. If the hearing aids were not paid for by insurance most could not afford them. She saw it as a legal way to gouge insurance companies.

I hope you got a good deal and they work well for you Cobra1.

May 18, 2021 - 4:20:19 AM

950 posts since 9/6/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

My Ex use to work for an audiologist who sold hearing aids. It was astounding to hear how much markup they'd put on such devices and how expensive they were in the end. If the hearing aids were not paid for by insurance most could not afford them. She saw it as a legal way to gouge insurance companies.

I hope you got a good deal and they work well for you Cobra1.


I just got hearing aids from the VA. Since I live a long way from the nearest VA hospital they put me on a program called Care in the Community where I go to a local hospital and the VA pays for it. When the audiologist read that I was a VA patient she immediately flipped to the back page of the catalog and said "we automatically upgrade all VA patients to the premium hearing aids". Well, about $8000 later I walked out with the latest in rechargeable bluetooth equipped hearing aids they have to offer. I can't even wear them in one of the buildings where I have to work because they are deemed a security risk so I have to take them out before I can go inside. THAT is what I call fleecing.

May 18, 2021 - 4:30:32 AM

3466 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy
THAT is what I call fleecing.

Bill, at the risk of lowering the tone, in 180 twist from your situation.  When I had a vasectomy, it was paid for by our NHS but carried out at a local private clinic.  I had more pointless visits to that clinic to see the consultant/have a pre op test/double check I was sure/etc.... that was serious fleecing too.

May 18, 2021 - 5:35:28 AM

950 posts since 9/6/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy
THAT is what I call fleecing.

Bill, at the risk of lowering the tone, in 180 twist from your situation.  When I had a vasectomy, it was paid for by our NHS but carried out at a local private clinic.  I had more pointless visits to that clinic to see the consultant/have a pre op test/double check I was sure/etc.... that was serious fleecing too.


It looks like whenever the government is paying they get fleeced. These hearing aid folks told me if I needed further adjustments to come back and see them, then I saw what they charged to stick the things in my ears and decided that the initial adjustments were fine. wink

May 18, 2021 - 6:19:32 AM

3466 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy
 

It looks like whenever the government is paying they get fleeced. These hearing aid folks told me if I needed further adjustments to come back and see them, then I saw what they charged to stick the things in my ears and decided that the initial adjustments were fine. wink


Aye, it looks like some thinks are universal Bill, irrespective of where you live.

May 18, 2021 - 6:38:36 AM
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rinemb

USA

13308 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Edthebanjo

Sorry, could you repeat that please?


laugh  Even though I am following this thread with way too much interest.  sad  

Brad

May 18, 2021 - 6:40:39 AM

4078 posts since 12/6/2009

my stepfather had hearing aids but kept them turned low or off to save batteries.....we still had to yell at him to get his attention....lol

May 18, 2021 - 6:47:31 AM
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rinemb

USA

13308 posts since 5/24/2005

My question is...
How long does it take to learn to take care of HAs. Charging, batteries, and how susceptible are they to being lost. batteries versus rechargable? etc. how long does a charge last or a battery last? Or how many times do you lose you bluetooth remote device to the laundry or elsewhere?
brad

May 18, 2021 - 6:54:20 AM
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rinemb

USA

13308 posts since 5/24/2005

My hearing decline has occurred due to Rock and Roll, Industrial (drilling rigs), pre-ear protection shooting, age and marriage.
Two years ago got my first pro audiologist check. One ear has reduced bass, the other reduced highs...along with general decline.
One of these days I may get the "ultimatum" from the wife. Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 05/18/2021 06:55:44

May 18, 2021 - 8:11:59 AM

11934 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

My hearing decline has occurred due to Rock and Roll, Industrial (drilling rigs), pre-ear protection shooting, age and marriage.
Two years ago got my first pro audiologist check. One ear has reduced bass, the other reduced highs...along with general decline.
One of these days I may get the "ultimatum" from the wife. Brad


Don't worry Brad ..... you will!

May 18, 2021 - 8:16:39 AM

11934 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

My question is...
How long does it take to learn to take care of HAs. Charging, batteries, and how susceptible are they to being lost. batteries versus rechargable? etc. how long does a charge last or a battery last? Or how many times do you lose you bluetooth remote device to the laundry or elsewhere?
brad


Very little care so not much to learn.  I change batteries about every four to five days (maybe 30 seconds to do it) but have friends who get as much as a week out of theirs.  I guess part depends on how long you use them per day.  I open mine up at night so the battery is not activated and put the HAs in a dryer box (about $40).  My bluetooth in connected to my phone, so unless I wash my phone I'm OK.  I never misplace my HAs so losing them is not a problem.  Actually pretty darn easy!

May 18, 2021 - 9:52:39 AM

950 posts since 9/6/2019

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

My question is...
How long does it take to learn to take care of HAs. Charging, batteries, and how susceptible are they to being lost. batteries versus rechargable? etc. how long does a charge last or a battery last? Or how many times do you lose you bluetooth remote device to the laundry or elsewhere?
brad


It takes about 5 minutes to learn how to take care of them. It's really easy. About the most tricky part on mine is changing the wax trap. My battery lasts all day on a charge. I plug them in overnight and they are good for the next day. As far as the bluetooth, mine are fully compatible without any additional device, bluetooth transmitter/receiver is internal, so unless you lose the hearing aid you don't lose the bluetooth. Older sets had a device that you had to wear around your neck to provide bluetooth but it was rather large so I don't know how easy it would be to lose. My old set had a separate remote that you could lose really easily. My new ones are controlled either through an app on your phone or right on the unit itself.

Edited by - Banjonewguy on 05/18/2021 09:57:11

May 18, 2021 - 11:26:44 AM
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slammer

USA

3181 posts since 12/30/2008

I recently bought a pair online from The MD Hearing Aid Co. They were only $400.00 for the pair. They have other models also, but paying for bells and whistles. There are only a few hearing aid companies in the world manufacturing aids under many different names.
The founder of MD hearing aids was tired of his patients not getting hearing aids after he prescribed them, mostly due to cost. He, along with one of the manufacturers developed a no nonsense hearing aid , simple to use , for a decent price.
I don’t need Bluetooth for my hearing aids. I don’t need to answer the phone with my hearing aids. I don’t want to have different programs and apps to control them from my phone.
I just wanted to hear!!!
My problem is I need them at work and I work in and around an MRI scanner and worried they would be ruined in that environment . I was also worrried about the missile effect from magnetic pull.
I checked with numerous companies and nobody had answers for me or willing to work with me.
I called the MD Hearing Aid Co and they had other enquirers like me in my situation and we’re willing to cover them and work with me if damaged.
I received them in a few days and tried them at work and had no problems other than they would shut off when I was close to the magnet, but would turn back on.
They gave me an extended warranty, but they finally crapped out and quit working because of the extreme magnetic field exposure.
I called them and I’ll be damned if they didn’t replace them for me. They said “they encouraged me to try them” so they could let others know.
Not to sound like a commercial, but I would recommend them to anyone looking to try hearing aids without breaking the bank. They come with a nice supply of batteries, case and cleaning tools. These are the same as a lot of high end aids but without all the bells and whistles!!! I was truly amazed at all of the things I wasn’t hearing!!!
Believe it or not, my banjo playing doesn’t sound any better, just louder!!!
Slammer!!!

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