I decided to post a thread about my new Songbird, since there doesn’t seem to be much discussion of this aid on the forum. As I posted on another thread, I owned a $800 Miracle ear many years ago, and when it went bad, I never replaced it. I saw an infomercial about the Lee Majors Bionic Aid a couple of weeks ago and ordered one. I realized that after I tried it the improvement in my hearing was fairly good when wearing the aid, and that maybe I should considered going back to wearing one. The Bionic Ear, had a couple of annoying problems. The taper on the volume control was such that the slightest touch would go from too loud to almost off. Being an in the ear type, the feedback when it was slightly too loud was a constant annoyance. You also had to jam in in your ear very tightly to avoid feedback which made it uncomfortable. I called the company when I noticed that there was no way to order the silicon earbuds as a replacement part when they started to go bad after a month or two. The customer service people seemed confused at any question that wasn’t on their script.
My next step was to check into the Songbird Disposable. This aid had been recommended a few years ago by a consumer advocate, Clark Howard, who runs a daily show in the Atlanta area and is now on nationally on HLN. I ordered one about a week ago from their website and it arrived today. It is two payments of $39.95 ( actually got a $5 discount on each payment on the first order as a promo) and it is supposed to last about 400 hours, and then you toss it out and replace it with a new one. I am retired so I am anticipating that with the amount of use that I would expect using it each day, it would have a lifetime of about 3 months. This works out to about $320 a year and since you don’t have batteries to buy, and repairs to make, and you always have a basically almost a new aid, this seems reasonable.
Anyway, I got the aid this morning and used it all day today. It is very light, and once on, you forget you are wearing it , other than you can hear. The sound is clear, and there is no feedback to speak of , so it is fantastic compared to the Bionic Ear. The volume control which is also the on-off switch is easy to reach while wearing the unit. Once set, you don’t have to fiddle with it, like the Bionic ear which seemed to require constant adjustment. It is also very easy to turn it off when you don’t need it, as I did while driving in my car today. You feel a click when it goes off. I have diminished high frequency hearing, and as I slowly turn it up, the high frequencies come alive, the difference is amazing. I went to a crowded restaurant tonight to give it a test in that type of environment, and I could listen to people talking a couple of seats away at the bar without straining. The background noise , while there, was not objectionable. I would say that this aid is better than I remember my Miracle Ear being, and certainly lighter and more comfortable.
I am satisfied with the improvement of my hearing, and the comfort and the ease of adjustment. If the battery gives me the life that they claim it will, I think I am going to be a steady Songbird Customer. I signed up for “free shipping” which means they send you one automatically after 3 months. If you don’t need it that often or more often, you can adjust the interval by contacting customer service. By the way, I boxed up my Bionic Ear tonight and am going to ship it back to them tomorrow for a credit refund.