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!
The Flexfit disposable by Songbird is an interesting hearing aid as it is disposed after a period of use. We were skeptical of this product originally, but its energizer powered system has led to some interesting results. Apparently, it lasts about 400 hours and that’s good for 2-6 months depending on use.
Its features and benefits include that 1) Can be used in left or right ear, 2) No batteries to replace and 3) No maintenance required
So for $99, we think it’s worth a try!
We have been reading a lot about baha hearing aids and a lot of folks say that the minor surgical procedure is well worth the amazing results of the The Cochlear™ Baha® 3 Sound Processor. Have you had any positive or negative experiences (including bone anchored hearing aid complications) of a baha hearing aids, cochlear bone anchored solutions, and cochlear baha bp100. Post your experiences here.
We always are on the look out for hearing aid guides and this one from the National Council for Better Hearing gives great tips for buying new hearing aids. We have copied and pasted some important parts of their review below (All content was written by the National Council for Better Hearing and not stillnosound.com):
“Buying new hearing aids is an important decision with the potential to greatly enhance your quality of life. Keep in mind these important considerations as you compare hearing aids types and styles, and find the best solution for your hearing problem. Hearing-Aid.com and the National Council for Better Hearing offer this top 10 list of tips for anyone planning to buy new hearing aids.
1. Choose a qualified hearing professional – Several types of hearing professionals including audiologists; hearing aid specialists; and ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors can provide information about, and help with hearing aids. Hearing professionals with strong qualifications such as appropriate education, license or certification, experience and a good reputation in the community are generally a wise choice.
2. Research hearing aids types– Learn about hearing aids types and hearing technology to gain a basic understanding of the many choices available.
3. Undergo a hearing test and complete hearing evaluation – A comprehensive hearing test and evaluation is the first step toward identifying hearing loss and finding the right hearing aid for a specific hearing problem. An online hearing test is a good way to get started, but it is essential to visit a hearing professional for a comprehensive hearing evaluation.
4. Honestly identify hearing needs – Some hearing aids are well suited for noisy situations; others are not. Some hearing aids types are perfect for an active lifestyle, while others are better suited for quiet activities such as watching television or listening to music. Features, controls – even color – may be important factors to consider when choosing a hearing aid.
5. Understand hearing aids prices – Hearing aids are a major purchase and as such, the buyer should receive a written contract which includes the cost of the hearing aids, as well as any services provided by the hearing professional. These services may include fitting, training and follow up appointments. Insurance coverage and financing may also be available to help make hearing aids affordable.
6. Get a comfortable fit – Custom earmolds ensure the best fit when purchasing new hearing aids. New hearing aids require a period of adjustment, and any level of discomfort could make the transition difficult.
7. Follow up – Adjusting to new hearing aids takes time as the brain learns to hear again in a new way. Follow up appointments with a hearing aid specialist are imperative to get the most out of new hearing aids.
8. Ask about the return policy – Most hearing professionals will offer a trial period for new hearing aids. Some may charge a fee if the hearing aids are returned; others may offer the opportunity to try a different hearing aid style.
9. Understand the warranty – As with any major purchase, hearing aids may come with a warranty to cover repairs or replacement. An extended warranty may be available to protect in the event of loss or damage to hearing aids after the initial warranty has expired.
10. Consider using hearing aids with other assistive listening devices – Many hearing aids are designed to work well with phones and audio equipment. New wireless hearing aids may be the ultimate in convenience for the hard of hearing. A hearing professional can answer questions about the compatibility of hearing aids with assistive listening devices.
For more information on hearing loss and hearing aids, visit Hearing-Aid.com, sponsored by the National Council for Better Hearing.”
We keep a close eye on songbird offers and there very popular 30 day trial has been extended to 45 days. Wow! Visit www.trysongbird.com to take advantage of this.
From Songbird’s site:
“We want you to get the most out of your hearing solution. That’s why we’re extending the 30 Day Trial to 45 Days! You’ll have an extra 15 days to try the Flexfit for the same trial price of $14.95. And remember, we’re here to help should you need assistance during this acclimation period. Contact us anytime at 1-800-789-1830.
The Songbird Flexfit represents the best way to try a high quality hearing solution for under $200. Designed to be the ultimate in performance and convenience, its innovative technology enables a standard 312 hearing aid battery to last up to twice as long than with traditional aids.
The Songbird Flexfit also features a unique modular design, enabling easy battery replacement and flexible maintenance options, allowing you to replace the Earpiece at your convenience. Combined with its innovative technology and crystal-clear digital sound, the Songbird Flexfit allows users to experience the benefits of better hearing conveniently and affordably.
1 Songbird Flexfit hearing aid
Case & cleaning brush
2 replacement batteries
Technical Information Sheet
Optional foam rings
We just came across this Songbird video on YouTube about their Flexfit hearing aid. Anyone have any experience with these aids. Post up your comments!
Introducing the New Flexfit® hearing aid with replaceable batteries, the latest digital hearing solution from Songbird Hearing! The New Flexfit® was designed to be the ultimate in performance and convenience. Its innovative technology enables you to get more life out of standard 312 batteries than traditional digital aids. And its unique modular design enables easy battery replacement and flexible maintenance options. Take advantage of a 30-Day Free Trial now by visiting www.TrySongbird.com. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
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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.
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Great advice below from the Federal Trade Commision Website:
Sound Advice on Hearing Aids
More than 35 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If you’re one of them, you may be shopping for an assistive device. Before you buy any product to enhance your hearing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says it’s important to understand the various types of hearing loss, the differences between a hearing aid and a personal sound amplification device, and what to consider when you’re shopping so you get the product that’s most appropriate for your particular kind of hearing loss.
What are the common types of hearing loss? Three types of hearing loss are the most common:
- Conductive hearing loss, which involves the outer ear, the middle ear, or both. It usually results from a blockage from earwax, fluid in the middle ear, or a punctured eardrum. Conductive hearing loss often can be corrected surgically.
- Sensorineural – or “nerve” – hearing loss, which involves damage to the inner ear. It can be caused by disease, illness, age, injury from exposure to noise or certain medicines, or a genetic disorder. Usually, sensorineural hearing loss can’t be repaired surgically, but it can be corrected with a hearing aid.
- Mixed hearing loss, which is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Only a small portion of adult hearing problems, like ear infections and middle ear diseases, are medically or surgically treatable. If the hearing loss can’t be treated medically or surgically, a hearing aid may be beneficial.
Sound Advice: If you think you are losing your hearing, see your doctor. You may be referred to a health care professional who specializes in ear health and hearing loss.
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.