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DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior MemberPosts: 3,395 Senior Member
Well, the audiologist said the words, "profound" when discussing my recent hearing test. I'm now in possession of two very interesting hearing aids. They can be programmed with my phone! I can increase the volume, treble, bass, direction of focus all with the push of a button.

They work very well.

I've noticed, my wife talks really loudly. She needs to address that.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,823 Senior Member
    Well, the audiologist said the words, "profound" when discussing my recent hearing test. I'm now in possession of two very interesting hearing aids. They can be programmed with my phone! I can increase the volume, treble, bass, direction of focus all with the push of a button.

    They work very well.

    I've noticed, my wife talks really loudly. She needs to address that.



    Maybe you can program out that frequency!! My best friend just had cochlear implants, his hearing was so bad. Still has to wear hearing aids after it heals, in about a month, hope it fixes his problem! He was in the Army almost 37 years. His last seven years he trained FBI and DEA agents on how to conduct drug raids. The use of flash bangs during training caused all his hearing loss.
    Glad the new aids are working for you!!
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,640 Senior Member
    My hearing sucks - thinking about getting a tin horn... :tooth:
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  • GunnerK19GunnerK19 Senior Member Posts: 1,088 Senior Member
    I had to get hearing aids last year. My wife and I would be shopping, and she is notorious for talking to me while not looking at me. Then she complains because I never "hear her", so I went to the VA and found I have high frequency hearing loss presumably from many years of loud military things.

    Mine are siemens, which are programmable as well but they need to be done by the audiologist. Mine also have a tinnitus mask programmed in since I have tinnitus for the last 15-18 years from same said loud military things. They work well but yeah, they make everything clearer, even background noise I don't necessarily want to hear.
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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,187 Senior Member
    Mine are a made-in-the-USA brand called Starkey. Got 'em from the VA of course, and they work well. They're the kind with a small external device that hangs on top of and behind the ear, and a clear tube that snakes into the ear along the ear's leading edge, and feeds into a small "plug" that goes deep inside the ear canal. Has a remote control device allowing one to do all those newfangled things too. I like 'em, and Lord knows the price was right.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Us old geezers are the world's biggest carriers of AIDS- - - - -Hearing aids, walking aids, sleeping aids, breathing aids, etc!

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    Left eardrum ruptured twice, and around loud noises most of my working life. Even using hearing protection, and I used it because loud noise sends the tinnitus in my left ear on a rampage, I have trouble hearing some things. I've lost a lot of high frequency response in both ears, and the left one especially. If a woman is on my left side talking to me, most likely I won't know it. Same with kids; I can't hear them from my left ear. Tried a hearing aid in my left ear and it didn't work due to the damage to the ear; I don't need low frequency amplification. I need to be able to hear the higher frequency and that's destroyed; left eardrum is a mess of scar tissue.

    Note: If a woman with a higher pitched voice is on my left and screaming at me, I can hear that pretty well with the left ear. The screaming usually happens after I 'ignored' her a few times! :roll2:
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,108 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    Left eardrum ruptured twice, and around loud noises most of my working life. Even using hearing protection, and I used it because loud noise sends the tinnitus in my left ear on a rampage, I have trouble hearing some things. I've lost a lot of high frequency response in both ears, and the left one especially. If a woman is on my left side talking to me, most likely I won't know it. Same with kids; I can't hear them from my left ear. Tried a hearing aid in my left ear and it didn't work due to the damage to the ear; I don't need low frequency amplification. I need to be able to hear the higher frequency and that's destroyed; left eardrum is a mess of scar tissue.

    Note: If a woman with a higher pitched voice is on my left and screaming at me, I can hear that pretty well with the left ear. The screaming usually happens after I 'ignored' her a few times! :roll2:

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    TYPE LOUDER, I can't hear you :tooth: :roll2: :roll2:
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,798 Senior Member
    I need them, but don't want them. I hear more than I want, already. But, it's getting to the point that people who actually like me are getting pissed about having to repeat stuff, so I guess I will have them before long. How much do they cost?
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    From what I've seen the different brands are pretty equal i quality and performance everything else being equal. I've had Siemans and Phonac. I have phonac now and they are great. I got my Siemans when Digitals were in their infancy and the Digitals were twice the price of the Analog, So being cheap I got the analog and wasn't real impressed. They weren't as tunable as the digitals and if there was any back ground noise in the room I heard it before I heard what I was in the room to hear. A fan would drown out a speaker and so they were practically useless in such an environment.

    My present ones are Phonak digitals. They were expensive but well worth it.

    One thing I'm a firm believer in is going to a real hearing center that has doctors in on the evaluation and diagnosis process you go through before you actually buy the hearing aids. My mother went to NuSound for a few years and though they sell pretty much the same brands as all places, they don't give the service a hearing center does. And she paid more money for her hearing aids and got less quality service. She



    My mother went to Nutone for many years and paid through the nose for hers. All these places have the same brands available or most of the same. But the service you get and the prices make the difference. Her last two sets she got from Nutone she paid like $4,500-$5,000 per set.
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Pay $5k to actually hear my wife better? Naw. I'm good.

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,706 Senior Member
    Hearing aides have gone a long way in my lifetime; but, it seems that they still have an issue with fluctuating sound levels.

    Some are supposed to handle that; but, feedback I have gotten is they really can't handle the issue
    quiet voices, then a loud voice,
    All of a sudden an AV-8 comes over in landing pattern mode, anEA-6B takes off over the road, then have to take em out to go shoot
    or work with power tools and such.

    This includes feedback on the fancy ones from the VA.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    You need to get a right hand drive car............

    I'd REALLY like to have a right hand drive Jeep. :drool2: They're good for road hunting, or so I'm told. :roll2: As to the wimmins, if I WANT to hear them then I turn to face them so my right ear kicks in and takes up the slack. If I DON'T want to hear them, then I give 'em my left side and just nod occasionally. It's better that way. Women like to talk, but don't like to listen, and it keeps me from making inappropriate remarks regarding what they said. Inappropriate remarks being that I am in disagreement. Women don't like that being in disagreement thing AT ALL! :silly:
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    I'm in exactly the same "Boat" as Mike (tennmike), and it was caused by just that....a "Boat"....called in Navy Slang, a "TIN CAN" Ruined both of our hearing ability! Deck guns, SAM's etc!
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    3 weeks ago i got my first set, there Rexton, going in tomorrow to have them re-programmed, mine have 2 settings one for normal use and one for faint sounds ( TV late at night). They are the type that fits behind the ear, takes some getting used to them. They cost $2000.00 thankfully my insurance paid half of it.

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  • avmechavmech Senior Member Posts: 856 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Pay $5k to actually hear my wife better? Naw. I'm good.

    :beer::beer:

    Between hearing loss and severe tinnitus in both ears from shooting and 44 years around planes in general, jet engines, afterburners, etc............ wife's voice is at the same pitch as the cicadas chirping in both ears.....it is a great excuse!
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    avmech wrote: »
    :beer::beer:

    Between hearing loss and severe tinnitus in both ears from shooting and 44 years around planes in general, jet engines, afterburners, etc............ wife's voice is at the same pitch as the cicadas chirping in both ears.....it is a great excuse!

    For me its been 60+ years.

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  • mosseybuckmosseybuck Member Posts: 524 Senior Member
    Looks like we're all in the same club! I just got my first set through the VA about a week ago. Wife kept complaining that I kept saying huh? every time she said something. :uhm:But of course half the time I just wasn't paying attention! Doc said most of my problem began when I worked on the flight line w/o hearing protection, and of course too many gunshots w/o protection!
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  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,201 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    Left eardrum ruptured twice, and around loud noises most of my working life. Even using hearing protection, and I used it because loud noise sends the tinnitus in my left ear on a rampage, I have trouble hearing some things. I've lost a lot of high frequency response in both ears, and the left one especially. If a woman is on my left side talking to me, most likely I won't know it. Same with kids; I can't hear them from my left ear. Tried a hearing aid in my left ear and it didn't work due to the damage to the ear; I don't need low frequency amplification. I need to be able to hear the higher frequency and that's destroyed; left eardrum is a mess of scar tissue.

    Note: If a woman with a higher pitched voice is on my left and screaming at me, I can hear that pretty well with the left ear. The screaming usually happens after I 'ignored' her a few times! :roll2:
    You may benefit from a cross system. One device is a transmitter to the other. In my case, profound hearing loss in right ear, device on right ear sends sounds from my right side to the receiver on my left ear.

    I went to such a system about 4 years ago, and it is superb. I'm on my second set, first was a phonac (sp) which worked great, down side was they used a pair of batteries per day.
    New model is a Wydex, newer technology, batteries last about 6 days. They were not cheap, almost 2X what mh first ones cost.

    Money well spent. Extended my career & make life better at home.

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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    I need them, but don't want them. I hear more than I want, already. But, it's to the point that people who actually like me are getting pissed about having to repeat stuff, so I guess I will have them before long. How much do they cost?

    Well hell, at least it's not like it's a whole lots of people you're dealing with then is it?

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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Sorry Bisley, but I just couldn't help it, you left yourself so wide open for that one!

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  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,954 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Pay $5k to actually hear my wife better? Naw. I'm good.

    Zactly!!!
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,973 Senior Member
    Hearing loss discussion on a shooting forum... seems like there us a connection here. ;). Left eardrum was lanced as a baby because of an ear infection, and then my shooting partner as a teen fired a .357 next to it and I was deaf for two days. Now I have significant hearing loss in my left ear above 4000 hz, and tinnitus. I use a hearing amplifier / in ear protection system I bought from Cauldwell they no longer offer. It is digital, and I can attenuate the low end to hear high end sound better. I don't wear it all the time but it helps my hearing in crowds a lot. It was $60 to try out a hearing system. I think I need to seriously see a pro. I have been looking at systems and my ideal hearing aid would be bluetooth enabled and allow me to pick up my cell phone calls as well as assist my hearing. It would be nice if I could play music through them as well.

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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,823 Senior Member
    WOW! I didn't realize how many people here have hearing problems!! I feel lucky!! Being around jets for almost 40 years, 26 as a fighter crew chief and then working in a fighter squadron as a civilian! Plus all the shooting, but I always wore ear protection, even around running equipment and power units!
    Also, I played drums in a rock band for five years. I had my hearing tested several years ago and the only issue I have is a slight whine in one ear! But that seems to go away when I leave the house!!:jester:
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    I'm in exactly the same "Boat" as Mike (tennmike), and it was caused by just that....a "Boat"....called in Navy Slang, a "TIN CAN" Ruined both of our hearing ability! Deck guns, SAM's etc!

    First rupture of left eardrum was in a decompression chamber at Key West Naval Station. Anus chapeau running the tests on about a dozen of us was an idiot; released pressure too fast and blew out a few eardrums among us. I was in the submarine sonar program, as were the rest of them in the chamber. Those that got eardrums blown out got blown out of the sub sonar program; that bad hearing in one ear is a non starter.

    Second blowout of left eardrum was at the 3"-50 twin gun mount. I was 'policing up the brass' in front of the gun mount as it was high enough to the point of interfering with the gun mount traverse (swing L-R). We were in a cease fire while the target was repositioned (old WWII destroyer). My left side was on the outboard side toward the muzzles. Hearing protection OUT due to cease fire, but I had my 'pot' on my noggin. The order came down to resume fire, and the idiot gunners mate lit off both barrels whose muzzles were about 4 feet above my head and I was almost directly under them. Concussion knocked me to my knees, and I came back up with a 3" casing and threw it at him. Good thing he ducked; those things ain't light. Got a gnat ride to the carrier and they confirmed what I already knew; left eardrum ruptured AGAIN! Two weeks in carrier sick bay while my eardrum healed a bit, and being seasick due to that unequal inner ear thing from ruptured eardrum. And the 'nurses' were all buttugly! :tooth: Gunners mate that did it got 'counseled' by the GMG CPO and the Weps officer. :roll2:

    Knew a bunch of 'cannon cockers' in the 1st/278th National Guard unit I was in. They were hard of hearing, too. :uhm:
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    The 3"-50 is the main root of my hearing problems also. I was "hot-shellman" catching the casings as the recoil opened the breech and expelled the casing. The 3"-50 was well known for destroying your hearing, and flight surgeons told me I would probably be legally deaf by retirement. I wasn't, but its catching up on me now very fast.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    The 3"-50 is the main root of my hearing problems also. I was "hot-shellman" catching the casings as the recoil opened the breech and expelled the casing. The 3"-50 was well known for destroying your hearing, and flight surgeons told me I would probably be legally deaf by retirement. I wasn't, but its catching up on me now very fast.

    Our twin mount ejected the case and it slid forward in front of the mount. Don't know who the mental midget was that came up with that idea. Those 3"50s WERE loud. I was loader on the right hand gun. Got the full effect of the muzzle blast from there. We had issue ear plugs but they were pretty much inadequate for the job.
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  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 1,092 Senior Member
    Dan, I hope the hearing aids work very well for you.
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,656 Senior Member
    I have had ringing in both ears for a long time, was around drag strips as a teenager spent 4 years AF as flight line mechanic then structures mechanic at Lockheed for a few years after that 35 years in a cement plant.
    I did a lot of shooting at the same time.
    Was shooting coating out of the kiln (about 10,000 rounds) and ended the ten hours of shooting deaf in my right ear.
    It took a month before my hearing fully returned, I used duel hearing protection while shooting.
    My hearing isn't terrible but do have some tone deafness.
  • AzShooterAzShooter Member Posts: 31 Member
    I lost my hearing to the Air Force, Jet Noise The Sound Of Freedom. Too many days on the flight line.

    The VA was nice enough to give me my hearing aids for the last 40 years. Every 4 years I get a new set better than the last. There have been lots of improvements over the years. My last set would have cost me over $4K each. They adjust for volume and can be adjusted for my Bluetooth devices.

    I recently lost one do to an accident. When I told my audiologist she said there was no problem. They were under warrantee so they shipped me a new aid.

    I'd be lost without them. I live in a very quiet world.

    When I don't want to hear some idiot I just pretend my hearing aids aren't working. Keeps me out of arguments with the wife as well.
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