Inherited HAs. Is it viable to adapt my fathers old HAs to myself?


I need help in identifying exact models, where to buy replacement receivers and input if it is viable to use his old aids for myself. One appears to be Oticon miniRITE M16121917 and the other Microtech Avail20 RIC, but I am unable to locate further info on parts etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Is this something I can do myself, or do I need a specialist to attempt to use them? New user, therefore unable to upload photos.



Depends on your situation and your hearing loss. Do it yourself is POSSIBLE, but there quite a few challenges. For further info, Search for “Dusty” and click on his avatar. There will be a link to DIY info.
It will require purchase of $200-$300 of equipment (possibly more) However, I’d encourage seeing a professional. Seeing your audiogram would give us more info. For replacement receivers, I think there are lots of online options although Lloyds hearing aids is a good bet.

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My mom took over my dad’s BTE aid after he passed. She mainly wears it as a “backup”, but swears it’s more powerful than her newer Phonak Cassia aids.

IF you’re in the vicinity of a Costco, there’s no reason why you couldn’t trial a pair from there as a point of comparison. Mainly, what I’ve found over many decades of wearing aids is that it’s the SUPPORT NETWORK - not the device itself! - that matters over the long haul. That requires forming a relationship with an audiologist over time, so they get to know your issues and goals.

Good luck with the DIY route, too, tho. I’d love to know more about programming my own aids, but realize I have limitations in time, dexterity and learning to go that route.

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Why bother? Two different brands won’t interact with each other for one. Having a matched set they work together, syncing with each other program and volume-wise. Programming would be a major hassle requiring different means of connecting each one to the computer, different cables. You are looking for more trouble, and possibly expense than buying you own.

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Precisely what I tell my mom when she wears one Phonak Cassia and the other my dad’s ancient aid! She does this if one aid is “in the shop”. At the minimum, it means NO TV streaming!

I’d go cuckoo if my aids didn’t work together as a pair.

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I can’t stand my hearing aids working together. I’ve got it all separate. Think I might be the only one, lol.



You ARE truly unique! I only liked my aids “separate” back in the days when one could boost the volume of ONE aid independent of the other one. (So you could hear a person on one side of you better.)

I LOVE how just a press of a button on one aid changes the programs for both tho. :slight_smile:

Thing is, our aids are made by folks with perfect hearing who haven’t a clue what OUR individual preferences are. That’s why we still have these itty bitty devices who tell US what to hear, how to hear it, and just shaddup and live with it, LOL.



With today’s aids you can control the volume of one side individually, or set them to be synched. In fact, I can even do that from my Apple Watch :smile: