Suggestions Please

I’m a state licensed hearing instrument specialist, qualified since 1994.

I’ve been asked by a local newspaper to write some articles about hearing loss, hearing aids, and related issues.

I have some ideas about what to write, but I am interested in opinions from users of this forum. If you are an existing user, new user, person considering a hearing test or getting hearing aids, let me know what you’d like to read about.

So help me out, let me know what you’d like to read an article about. Thanks in advance for your input. :slight_smile:

Been wearing Widex itc for a couple yeras just tried inteo m bte and audibel 1200 bte. Much less stufineess with bte, Widex great sound, ear tubes just didnt’ fit and keep coming out of ear. Audibel very comfy but sound no where as good as widex. Any suggestions-should I try the Widex inteo itc?

Honestly, if the ‘Audibel 1200’ didn’t sound as good as the Widex, I would respectfully suggest it had not been programmed properly. The Virtue 12 is one of the most advanced hearing aids in the world. But unless the hearing professional involved knows what they are doing, they may not get the sound right. Modern digital aids are only as good as the person programming them.

As to writing an article about this, I think this may be a little too specific for readers of a local newspaper supplement. :eek:

Thanks, the Audibel was very “tinny” sounding while the Widex was very natural, mor deep base sounding. Would the Inteo cic sound be similiar to the bte ear m? I have been happy with my cic widex but have complaints about noisy situations and she suggested the new mini bte ear. She liked audibel as it is ric and it was great fitting.

“Tinny” is a function of the program used, and the ear fitting the sound is played from. Again I point to something your hearing professional did wrong, as opposed to hearing aid capabilities.

That kind of Audibel can be as bassy as you like, depending on programming and fitting.

I’d write about people’s perceptions of hearing aid wearers. Many are not in our retirement years, contrary to the majority of the aid advertisements out there.

I’d also mention the new technology, bluetooth, etc.

ZCT, I would suggest a series of articles dealing with selection of hearing aids for the first time buyer. For example, I am looking for my first set of aids for my severe/profound hearing loss and am curious about fitting range implications. I was fitted with a set of aids for profound loss which on the fitting chart look great for the high frequencies, but for the low frequencies where my hearing is pretty good (20-45) I am out of the range. Is this problem?

Another area I am curious about is speech audiometry. My readings were R-48% and L-64%. What features in hearing aids should I be looking for to help in this regard? I am curious about Naida’s SoundRecover feature and whether it would help my speech comprehension.

In any case these are just two examples. I am sure with your experience you can come up with many more.

Hi ZCT

I’m a 60 year old “boomer”, and I’d suggest writing about how some of the new hearing aids look. You don’t have to get a big beige piece of plastic that fills up your ear canal. Not only are the new BTEs tiny, some are downright cool looking! Delta, Audeo. Style and color. :cool:

A related story might have to do with how HOH are percieved by the public, and how nearly invisible mini BTE aids are virtually invisible. Encourage people to get help.

You could do a layman’s intro to the technology of digital hearing aids.

You could do a couple of success stories, particularly involving kids and maybe musicians (“My hearing aids gave me back my music!”).

Might be some humours stories about “my dog ate my hearing aids”.

You might also ask about publishing some of them here. I, for one, would be interested. Thanks.

Dag

Hi ZCT

You could profile some of the more popular makes and models.

You could explore some of the more extreme hearing systems like bone anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants.

You could do a report on the fitting process.

You could do a multi-part story where you follow someone through the first few months of getting their first HAs.

You could explain the different providers and what they do: ENT, AuD, HIS.

Dag

Hi ZCT

How about discussing the lack of insurance coverage from just about every employer, and what some people have to do to get HAs.

There might be an article in discussing how hearing aids are regulated, both in the US and the rest of the world.

Take a look on eBay, and talk about some of the absolute garbage that’s being sold as hearing aids.

Dag

Good suggestions. I’m a 51 year old boomer, have worn aids for 6 years, and remember how reticent I was, and whether the “disability” would hinder me at work, etc. To the contrary! And now that I have these tiny dot 30s, I show them off to friends who know I wear aids.

True story, before I got hearing aids, I loved to watch shows like CSI, but had a really hard time because all the female characters seemed to mumble. I’d use the live replay feature of my DVR to replay scene to make out what they were saying. When I couldn’t, I’d curse them and the sound engineers.

Well, imagine my great wonderment when I first got aids, and TV watching - and listening - was greatly improved!

Hi jay_man2

" … and remember how reticent I was"

I know what you mean. All I knew about hearing aids was big beige ear plugs! :eek: Then I started learning about the newer aids like the Dot, Delta and Audeo. I would have bought a Delta 8000, just because it looked so cool. :cool: Now, if we can just get the rest of the general public to change their mindset, we’ll be good to go. Oh well, all things in good time.

Dag

Thank you all so much for your ideas thus far!

ZCT

I would have liked to have read about the experience of getting acclimatized to HAs. To know that it’s a learning process that takes time and that being given HAs is not a quick fix to a problem, as say glasses are to short sight.

I didn’t know this myself when I first got my HAs. I still find that I have a love-hate relationship with my HAs. The result is that I mostly depend on my “normal” unaided hearing and pop in my HAs when I think they might help. It’s not the best way to treat them I know, but I haven’t accustomed myself to the artificiality of the assisted sound.

John

This caught my attention. Are there stories of this happening. When I had a puppy she chewed up my glasses while I was taking a shower. Although she hasn’t chewed up anything in a long time, I’m slightly worried about this as hearing aids cost more than glasses which are expensive enough.

I have at least 1 client each month whose puppy had chew on their HI…

The newer instrument (regardless of the brand -I think most brands do have something like that) has something call an acceptance manager (mid price onward) where the instrument is set at a quite quite low gain and as you use them the instrument will increase gradually in time… till you hit your target
gain.

One of the best ways to help yourself get used to your hearing aids is to read outloud for 30 minutes each day. It doesn’t matter what you read, but it helps you get used to your own voice and helps train your brain so that the sounds you haven’t heard for a while become more natural. If you have little ones around, you have a built-in audience, and you both benefit!

This is a new one…

does it work for your clients audiogal?

What is the average time it takes your clients to accept the aids?

interesting

I have read this before either in the Hearing Journal or Hearing Review. It makes perfect sense as hearing is more to do with the brain and its auditory pathways (which can be retrained) than with just the ear.