For those of you who fall under this program, this is great! If you qualify, you need to follow some simple instructions using the Caption Call website. Here is how:
Just fill in the form and enter the promo code. This will get you into the system so that someone can contact you to set up an installation time.
The promo code is: HS 3066
If you or someone in your home would like to actually call Caption Call to get questions answered, here’s their toll free number: 1-877-557-2227 The Reps that answer the phone call from you can also place the order for the phone as long as you have the promo code (above).
This is only for US residents. See the Free Phone Program via the FCC article for more information.
The Good Ear’s hearing loss treatment app is now out on the iPhone
We were really excited to hear about this!
The Good Ear is part of of a large hearing loss company and has used that experience to develop technology that can analyze and treat hearing loss. The app has now been accepted by Apple and The Good Ear has launched its “Better Hearing” app for iOS.
We are doing some testing but please post comments of your experience of using your cell phone as a hearing aid! Cheaper than a Baha or just cheap? Let us know!
Behind The Ear Hearing Aids
So here’s a great behind the ear hearing aid which is available from lots of retailers online. It’s the MDHearingAid Acoustitone PRO Hearing Aid.
Our impression is that this hearing aid is great for lots of different types of users. Some of our thoughts on this:
- Great for those who are deaf in one ear
- Better than an Opticon
- Battery performance is excellent
- Better built than hearing aids that cost close to $1000
So our verdict: Don’t spend thousands on ‘top of the line’ aids, get an Acoustitone!
More info at: www.mdhearingaid.com
So the Songbird Ultra has had a lot written about it and for those who read this blog, you know we have been covering every Songbird product out there from the FlexFit to the disposable. So we have taken a look at the Ultra which retails for $299.50 and this is what we think:
- Wearing them everyday recently, I hardly knew it was there
- Great in meetings with lots of people
- Very comfortable fit
- More expensive than other models, but more tailored to individual needs
- A con: you have to open the battery compartment to turn the aid off and I really don’t like this!
Hope this helps in your decision process! Leave me a comment if it did or didn’t!
Songbird Ultra Hearing Aid – Free Shipping Coupon Code!
Songbird rarely have discounts but are offering free shipping on the more advanced Ultra Model – use code freeship. This is not only the best hearing aid for mixed loss but for many other hearing situations.
Price: $299.90 + FREE Shipping! Use code freeship.
Hearing Aid Models
Here is a look at the 5 types of hearing aid models along with their advantages and costs.
▪ BTEs “behind the ear”
These are the familiar crescent-shaped instruments first developed in the late 1940s. These durable aids include a receiver, microphone and amplifier that fits over the ear. It directs sound into the ear canal through a tube and custom-fitted ear mold. The most options and is easiest to handle. Picks up sound and processes it into electrical impulses that are sent through a wire to the speaker. Cost: $500 to $2,900 per ear.
▪ “mini” BTEs or OTE (on the ear)
These are the newest aids. They dramatically reduces the size of the crescent and replaces the bulky wire and speaker with a clear, thin tube. They cost $700 to $2,350 per ear.ITEs “in-the-ear” Smaller than BTEs, these fit into the outer ear and project slightly into the ear canal. Fairly easy to handle and comes with many features. These can be ordered with or without dual microphones, which provide information to the computer to analyze and reduce background noise. It comes in full shell size and the smaller, less-visible “half shell” size. Cost: $500 to $2,400 per ear.
▪ ITCs “in the canal”
This variation on the in-the-ear models protrudes only slightly into the outer ear. They are partially visible though smaller than ITEs. Not for people with severe or profound hearing loss. Fewer features and more difficult to handle. Cost: $650 to $2,350 per ear.
▪ CIC “completely in canal”
The smallest but most difficult to handle model, these customized hearing aids are tucked so far down that it comes with a plastic thread to pull it out; They are rarely visible. Not for people with severe or profound hearing loss, smaller batteries with short life; will last no more than 7 years. Impressions are taken of the ear canal to fashion the aids. Cost: $500 to $2,900 per ear.
▪ IOT “invisible open technology”
A one-size-fits-all model, these aids are a variation on CIC aids but are not custom-fitted. Sometimes referred to as “fit-and-go,” it can be programmed in one visit to a hearing aid center. Cost: $1,500 to $1,900 per ear.
Songbird Ultra Hearing Aid with Free Shipping
Songbird hearing aids work great – they rarely have discounts but are offering free shipping on the more advanced Ultra Model
Use code: freeship
Price: $299.90 + FREE Shipping! Use code freeship.
Features and Benefits
• Digital sound processing
• Dynamic feedback cancellation
• Noise Reduction
• Additional Sound Boost
• Songbird’s smallest hearing aid