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Old 12-05-2018, 06:29 PM   #1
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New hearing aids WOW

Iím like many people here. Iíve around loud machinery and too much shooting all without hearing protection. Now Iím paying the price, both in money and not being able to hear. Iíve had 4 sets of hearings aids each better than the last. All of them have been Phonac. The third set was great but the last ones are closer to my natural hearing and has Bluetooth. I can listen to the TV and music from my phone and talk on the phone through Bluetooth. Listening to music is like a great set of headphones and talking on the phone is like having someone standing three feet in front of you looking straight at you and talking in a loud clear voice. If the background noise is to high you can turn it down or off when you are in a noisy environment. The person you are taking to can hear you better than through your cell phone. The only drawback so far is while you are talking on the phone people tend to look at you kinda strange and say what. Iíve been saying what for years but Iím the one that is supposed to say it.
The hearing aids are Phonac Marvel. Yes they are a marvel. They are just out and I was one of the first people to get them.
If you need hearing aids now might be the time to look into them.
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:22 PM   #2
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My 76 year old brother in law just got hearing aids (maybe the same kind). He can now hear the whistle at the end of an NFL play and can hear the beeps that the newer cars make when you leave them with the key fob in your pocket. LOL
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:59 PM   #4
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What did you say?
Yep Iíve said that enough.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:09 AM   #5
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Like you, too much machinery and too many shotgun blast too near my head in my less than enlightened youth led to early hearing problems.

I have had the Phonak Audeo Q, their then top line, for over 4 years. But have noticed a decline in my hearing ability over the last year or so. Don't know if it is me or the hearing aids needing adjusting. But I have an appointment next week for checkup.

Did you previously have the Audeo Q and is the Marvel a step up in performance over the Q? Is the price range of the Marvel about the same as the Audeo Q? Or a step up?
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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Been wearing hearing aids for years without the aids we can hardly hear anything which at times is not a bad thing My present aids are Starkeys and the best we have ever had.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:21 AM   #7
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Bill the aids I had were top of the line 5 years ago, which ones I can’t remember. The new ones are much better in fact it’s hard to even compare them. It’s like going from a 1965 F150 to a new one.
A lot of people don’t know this but you have 30 days by federal law to test a pair of hearing aids.
If I can help let me know.
Bill when you go for your check up check out the Marvels if they have them and if they don’t make an appointment when they get them in. These just came out this week.
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Yeah but can you tune out certain voices with them?
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Yeah but can you tune out certain voices with them?
I have tried ignoring my wife and claiming I had my hearing aids turned off. But she doesn’t buy it.
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I have tried ignoring my wife and claiming I had my hearing aids turned off. But she doesnít buy it.

I never once said the voice was DWs.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:57 PM   #12
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The guy who owns the company also has a speech therapy company. They teach people how to overcome stuttering. Anne Glenn, John’s wife was a patient. My wife ask him years ago if I would be able to hear her “no he will never be able to hear you”. But I’m working on it. I’m trying.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:03 PM   #13
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Hey guys, do any of these hearing devices help with reducing the "ringing in the ears" ? I as well spent too many years not wearing ear protection around heavy equipment, construction equipment, etc. Losing my hearing, certain letters sound like others, not good. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:36 PM   #14
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Hey guys, do any of these hearing devices help with reducing the "ringing in the ears" ? I as well spent too many years not wearing ear protection around heavy equipment, construction equipment, etc. Losing my hearing, certain letters sound like others, not good. Any input would be appreciated.
Sorry no. I think what causes this is the tiny hairs in the back of the ear have got laid down. Some times audiologists will add noise in the ear to cover it up. Thatís what they wonted to do to a guy that works in the shop. He didnít wonít to listen to even more noise and said no.

When you buy hearing aids you arenít buying the aids what you are really buying is the technology and programs that go into making them. They all look about the same but they arenít. My new ones identity over 30 back ground noises and reduce them. They have several programs and switch automatically between them. If you are in a quiet place they use one program in a restaurant another ridding down the road with the window open another Iím not implying others donít do this. Iím sure some do.
I do know I went to the Post Office today. One of the clerks is a wonderful young lady that I couldnít understand but about half of what she said. No matter how loud she talked. She could look straight at me and some words I still could not make out. Today I was at her station 30 minutes while she was getting postage on my daily packages. I understood every word she said and in about 15 minutes I said have you noticed I havenít said Ďwhat did you sayí. She said Ďno but you havenítí.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:37 PM   #15
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At 72, I just got my first pair. The usual suspects, gunfire, sirens, flying, etc. reduced my hearing a bunch. I got the Kirklands, too. Although I don’t have anything to compare them with, I can hear birds, listen over Bluetooth, turn them up and down, and hear normal conversarion. I’m a happy camper.
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Hey guys, do any of these hearing devices help with reducing the "ringing in the ears" ? I as well spent too many years not wearing ear protection around heavy equipment, construction equipment, etc. Losing my hearing, certain letters sound like others, not good. Any input would be appreciated.

Within the last month I asked my HA provider that very question. He did say that there are some that produce a sound that will mask ringing ears that you cannot hear more then a slight rustle noise that your brain turns off after a short while. I don't have that problem now but did in the past.


As far as getting hearing aids, find a good independent supplier, not a chain like Beltone where you are just a bottom line financial number (though have heard good comments about some Costco). If you are ex military, you might get lucky at a VA. My hearing loss was mostly from 'playing' with things that went bang or boom as a combat engineer and it's on my DD-214 - but the local VA is lower then ta deep sand pit so I paid $$ for mine
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I have a pair of those fancy hearing aids and they were $5,000 each. Crap thats a lot of money. Next time i am going way cheaper. It's simply nuts how much they charge for these things. i have Phonak also. I have good insurance and some of it's covered but I will never spend this much on aids again
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Old 12-08-2018, 09:56 AM   #18
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There is night and day difference between the Phonak 5 year old and the new Marvel ones. I gave $5200. They retail for $7300 the place I get mine from is non profit. Big difference between them and someone who’s works on commission as most do by far.
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We have BC/BS health insurance and "Blue 365" covered nearly all of our hearing aid cost.
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As for the ringing, I hear it less when my hearing aids are in than when not. I think that is because I am hearing more of the "real" sounds with them in than when not. My primary hearing loss is at the higher frequencies to the point of being in the profound loss area. With the hearing aids I can hear much more of those higher sounds. And since the ringing is also higher frequency I think the that ringing gets somewhat lost in the actual sounds.
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