Like many of the people entering this forum, I’m rehearsing for my first trip to the hearing aid shop. My apologies up front, I have been reading the threads. But they’ve led me to more basic questions. I would be grateful for any pointers.
I have problems distinguishing “s” and “f” and “th” at the end of the work week. I can’t tell from which direction the elevator bell is ringing. I cannot isolate a conversation whispered to me, when another conversation is happening. Otherwise, I think I hear. (So does my wife, usually.)
From what I’m reading, Costco will custom-program a hearing aid for me on the spot, based on my audiogram? And then I walk around a bit and see if I like it? And if I don’t like it, they’ll try me with another, and I can walk about the store a bit more?
I’d like to research before I’m faced with Costco’s display case and sales-person. But costco-online does not eagerly list the hearing aids available. Is there any way I can save myself the hour’s journey merely to write down model numbers?
And then, quite general questions.
3. How does a hearing aid handle my 100 dB (masked) at 4000Hz? Does it just crank up the volume in my ear to 100 dB? Couldn’t be; they always say loud noises are bad for one’s ears.
The Siemens Intuis Life BTE claims, “For mild to moderate hearing loss, ski-slope hearing loss and first time wearers.” From the fitting ranges, it looks like I’m a better match for receiver-in-the-ear or receiver-in-canal aids. Should I heed the “first time” warning?
This forum has many stories from people with much hearing aid experience who really did not like the hearing aids they bought. Even the Siemens and Oticon “value” brands seem to generate manufacturing quality problems or ear-to-device mismatches. Is there a simple rule (on a budget, of course) by which one could avoid the majority of these pitfalls?
My preliminary naive research into fitting ranges has led me to two RICs, the America Hears RITE2-168 and the Rexton Gem 12 (with WDRC, that ed121 prefers for severe hearing loss). But what about the other stuff? Every supplier claims Feedback Cancellation, Sound Smoothing , Adaptive Noise Reduction, Windnoise Cancellation, Automatic Noise Reduction, Data Logging. Some claim Automatic Program Control. Is there really only one circuit manufacturer? Or are these features actually different for each device?
Thanks very much for your help.
0250Hz L-10 R-15
0500Hz L-10 R-15
1000Hz L-10 R-15
1500Hz L-15 R-35
2000Hz L-15 R-45
3000Hz L-55 R-70
4000Hz L-50 R-100 masked
6000Hz L-45 R-95 masked
8000Hz L-40 R-90 masked
SRT L=10, R=20
L 88% +40 SL
R 96% +40 SL