Question on information expectations

So…quick question before I hop in the car toward home. I work in an office that can’t have electronics without review by a designated authority. I am getting HAs on the 23rd and requested from the provider information to satisfy my folks, manufacturer, model, maybe a datsheet, something. Provider has come back to say it won’t be provided until the day I am fit. Is this weird? Should I be concerned? Been a great experience so far (I am new at all this, see my intro thread Just saying hello).

I guess I thought I could get a spec sheet to give to my folks so I can, you know, wear them once I am fitted and hear better? I have to go to that “work” place most days and it’ll be difficult to get four days straight with them over a long weekend and then have to spend my succeeding workdays without for…who knows how long honestly?

Spec sheets are available for most aids on line.

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If you know the hearing aids you are getting you can find the general information on the internet, google is your friend here. But what your Audi is talking about is the specs for your aids will be determined by the information that your aids are made too. It depends if you are getting MiniRite, custom ITE, or BTE hearing aids.

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Yeah that’s the problem I don’t know the model. I know IIC, I know no Bluetooth and I know supports DTMF so I can make an educated guess. But not sure.

Are you sure that hearing aids are an issue? I have worked at a few places that had restrictions on various electronics, some secure govt offices, but mainly they were concerned about things like microwave ovens or coffee pots.

100% sure, already talked to my person. That’s what kicked this all off, it’s what led me to pick the HA style I did (was given a choice between IIC and RIC, was told both would do great for me, cost was a wash, just one had Bluetooth and one didn’t so I went without for ease of work… would’ve preferred to have it otherwise to be honest).

I wonder if with so many people using using wearables and earbuds if some companies had to start questioning everything.

Well, all I will say is my org won’t allow anything without permission/review except traditional quartz/mechanical watches. Everything else gets locked up. My wife’s place, they can have dumb fitness trackers (i.e. step counters) but that’s the only difference. We could probably have those too but they don’t specifically call it out.

As an aside since today is my off Friday and with all the verve for Costco on this forum I went ahead an made an appointment over there for after I get back from my trip next week; same day I get my IICs. Figure a second opinion/second trial of another aid may be worthwhile given the $s involved (and I am very fortunate to have significant insurance coverage for aids so that privilege cannot be forgotten).

I have never heard of any company or even government employers even questioning hearing aids.
I worked for a contract company for 5 years and never was questioned about my hearing aids. And most places I went I was scanned for any and all electronics. Cell phones and even battery powered dumb watches. But my hearing aids were never questioned after I showed them to the guards.

If you organization is worried about radios, some hearing aids have other RF emitters besides Bluetooth. If I look at the FCC approval database for my Oticon OPN S 1 aids, I find there is Bluetooth along with a 3.84 MHz Part 15 Low Power Communication Device Transmitter. This radio is not called out in the typical datasheet for the OPN. I think it may be the Near-Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) mentioned in the “Product Guide” that is used for binaural processing. The particular mini-RITE OPN S 1 aids I have do not have a telecoil.

With my older Siemens aids, there was communication between the aids at a similar frequency and that same link could be used by a streaming device (miniTEK) to stream audio from bluetooth devices to the aids. Siemens called it e2e wireless - I think it was also referred to as NFMI.

I appreciate everyone’s incredulity at my org and the rules but they are what they are. Maybe it’s unique, I don’t know. I have never been under this close of scrutiny before but it is what it is, and expressing amazement or disbelief won’t change that.

I was just trying to find out if it’s weird that an audiologist or hearing aid specialist wouldn’t tell the patient ahead of time what they’re paying $4240 for. I kinda think it is but in this case it is my first rodeo. Thanks! :slight_smile:

Yes and yes. That is, both your organization and your audiologist are being wierd.


Org has probably got a good reason. Audi, dunno. Starting to wish they weren’t the closest that can bill my insurance direct.