For quite awhile my wife kept saying that I needed a hearing aid, and I would respond that she was just mumbling.
Well I visited an audiologist at Kaiser, and found out, that I really did need a hearing aid, but I went into shock over the typical prices people are paying them. I asked myself “what to people of limited income in poor countries buy.” Searching the internet and lurking on different forums brought me to the very inexpensive Siemens Touching from China. I figured that for less than $90.00 shipped from a warehouse in California I would give it a try. If it was junk, I would not be out much.
The hearing aid arrived within 3 days of placing the order on Ebay. It appeared to be a quality product, and it was very easy to cut the plastic tube and fit it to my ear. I made two adjustments to the tiny trimmer and it worked great! I am happy, my wife is happy, and being a ham radio operator, I have talked to many people about it, and probably generated another 10 or more customers for it.
After about 3 months of use I decided that I would like to try a custom ear mold. When I called around no one wanted my business, because I didn’t buy the hearing aid from them. I guess they were making way too much money to bother with a little extra business, so it was back to the internet where I found Lloyd Hearing Aid Corp. For a very reasonable price, they sent me a kit with enough stuff to make 2 impressions of my ear. I sent it all back, and a little over week later I had my new custom ear mold which fits my ear perfectly. I also ordered some spare tubes for it so now I am good for a long time. The ear mold just made my Siemens Touching even better. As a side note, I am getting almost three weeks life from the Radio Shack batteries.
Are there better hearing aids out there? absolutely, but not better enough to me to justify the incredible cost difference.
For a little over $100.00, I am hearing great, and will probably buy another Siemens Touching or a different model in the same line for a backup. I know that lots of folks are too intimidated to do this on their own, but I am 75 years old, and if I can set myself up, anyone can.
This was my experience, “your mileage may vary.”
Regards - David