Just wanted to share with everyone how i purchased and programmed my hearing aid and saved $$$ thousands of dollars in the process…
I am a 51 year old male with moderate to severe hearing loss. I also suffer from pretty bad tinnitus in both ears. First thing i did was visit local audiologist to get a hearing test done. Naturally, they tried to sell me a hearing aid, but i kindly declined. They did NOT automatically give me a copy of the audiogram. Had to ask for it. make sure you obtain a copy. This is crucial in order to program your ha. Looked on eBay for weeks to get a good deal on a hearing aid. Did lot’s of research. Finally purchased a SIEMENS PURE binax 7bx. Make sure the ha you buy supports your audiogram. (open Connexx software and run in simulation mode. enter your audiogram and select the ha brand and type you are planning to purchase. Make sure ha covers your frequency.) Check out this Youtube for basic info : view
Second, i started digging around the internet for the Connexx software. Latest version as of today is 8.3 (Nov 2017). I learned you do not need to install any previous versions as i read on the internet. Download using this link : (PC) Connexx software. Once downloaded upgrade software.
Next familiarize yourself with the software. I put an mp4 movie in my dropbox (1 hour movie talking about Connexx software). Download here: Connexx video
Now i started purchasing cables and searched eBay for a hi-pro.
-i found an old serial (RS232) hi-pro on eBay for a very decent price ($120). This included the cables (HI-PRO CS44 Universal Programming Cables). Great deal!
-programming adapter size 312. purchased for ($20) at website - great service and quick delivery, and great price! (only needed 1 - comes in pair. might sell second cable back on eBay).
-RS232 to USB adapter. Ordered on Amazon.
Finally the day arrived where i had all components lined up. Using a Macbook Pro (Yosemite 10.10.5) running VMWare Fusion (v7.0) and Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, i plugged in the USB (make sure to “grab” the USB and assign to Windows and not Mac - in case you are on a PC no worries of course - and got…NOTHING ;(
After installing a basic Serial to USB adapter, assigning different com port (use device manager) and rebooting… STILL NOTHING
i decided to download the hi-pro driver software from hi-pro drivers. Even though i have a serial setup (not usb), the software allows you to select the interface you use. As soon as i installed and restarted, the PC (tx/rx) light on the high-pro came to life!!! YES
Once the hi=pro recognized the Connexx software i did an initial firmware update on the ha, followed by a first fit. I created a few programs (Universal/noisy/tinnitus) and set a 4 week acclimatization period. I will be tweaking the ha for the next couple of weeks but i am super happy. Hopefully my tinnitus will go away eventually.
Hope this post helped you to realize you DO NOT need to spend thousands of dollars on ha. With some research and luck finding a good deal on eBay (be patient!) you can hear again.
Adding up my purchases, i spend about $400. This would have cost me $2500 - $3000 if i would have purchased at my audiologist.
GOOD LUCK ! YOU CAN DO IT AS WELL !