You, for some reason, deleted your post.
Here it was. I am taking and putting it back because you make good points. They are points I want to address.
Start of Tenoch’s post:
I read in this forum continuous demands on connectivity and technology in our hearing aids and I am surprised how audiology issues have been relegated to the background many times.
Many of us want rechargeable hearing aids requiring a longer life than a laptop or mobile phone but with a battery 100 times smaller. We want headphones that connect to multiple devices at the same time with the excuse that this technology already exists without taking into account that the devices that do that are five to ten times larger than a hearing aid.
What about audiology? Is nobody aware that we have hearing problems? That the only difference between a hearing aid and an earbud is in audiology? By the way we have been complaining about the aesthetics of hearing aids for years and now it turns out that we can wear horrible earbuds with no aesthetics problems.
Let the companies work in rechargeable and connectivity in a consistent way since it is a technology that does not belong to them but depends on the development of third parties and demand that they advance in audiology that is really what they do. Due to these demands in technology some hearing aids brands have not offered something new in audiology for years.
End of Tenoch’s post
Distilled your post
- Why the concentration upon connecting to other devices?
- Why do we expect all this in a package that is very small yet works well?
- Why the concentration on aesthetics?
- Has all of this diverted attention from the main focus and purpose of hearing aids?
One… Other devices are ubiquitous. We often spend as much or more time communicating over devices and consuming content over devices than we do communicating face to face. There can be debate over whether this is good or not, but that isn’t relevant here.
Two…We expect this technology to be miniaturized with many important improvements such as stability and exceptional battery life because the hearing aid companies charge the crap out of us. So yes, I expect them to be able to replicate the abilities of a $30 device. They only need miniaturize. They often are not working from scratch.
Three…Many people want their hearing aids to be as discreet as possible for fear of discrimination. Personally, I have literally said…give me the functionality I want. Aesthetic appeal isn’t my concern. It is hard to get the manufacturers to listen to this since most do care. My Quattro aids are red. The Marvel aids are white. If I transitioned to Sky, they would be as garish as I could get. Why? I WANT them as visible as possible. I work in a steel mill where slag dust is everywhere. Grease is everywhere. If they pop out of my ear for any reason, I want to be able to see them. At home, I have hard wood floors. The chestnut color that disappears in my hair also disappears on my floor. My eyes are worse than my ears. I suspect I am almost legally Helen Keller. Plus if people notice I wear aids, they tend to place emphasis on getting through to me or they don’t talk at all. I have worn aids since 1976. If you don’t want to talk, to hell with you. If you take initiative and try to make sure I understand, I am not going to be insulted. In fact, God bless you.
Four…Have the manufacturers neglected hearing for feature sets? Perhaps…Probably. The feature sets are low hanging fruit. They can only concentrate here so much. The first main task is and should be hearing improvements. Yet, are not the feature sets part of that? Phonak as much as stated…hey we want you to hear better…here is tech that will work with most hearing aids to help you…Roger. The Roger Select allowed me to attend a meeting and presentation with over 100 other attendees yesterday. That tech was so good that it overcame the inadequacy of the embedded receivers in the Marvel aids. I heard the speaker, the conversation from beside me, the conversation behind me, the conversation across the aisle. The speech discrimination was a revelation. I am very excited to use it again when I have the proper receivers in the hearing aids.
So I think you are worrying too much.
I want music to sound as good through my aids as it does through my Westone UM30 earbuds. That’s what I want. You know my opinions on aesthetics. I am all function over form. Get me the ability, THEN miniaturize it. Some have tried to insinuate that full sound isn’t the job of hearing aids. They concentrate on speech. I want you to concentrate on getting me as close as possible to normal hearing in EVERY way. That includes reproducing the whole spectrum to get me as close to normal hearing as you can. Give me BETTER than normal hearing if you can.
The Marvel aids are more than $6000. I paid less for my car…a 2001 Miata. Less than for my motorcycle…a 2005 BMW R1200RT. I damn well want all I can get for that kind of money. I also want these companies to listen to me for that kind of money.
I tried Signia. They brushed me off. My concern was that their receivers were not anywhere close to the power range advertised. To address my loss, I would have had to use the most powerful receiver in Signia’s line. My hearing isn’t that bad and you are lying about the capabilities of your receivers. Signia can kiss my rear end. If they can’t lower themselves to talk decently to an Audiologist about issues…
So there are my thoughts on your reply. Don’t delete legitimate concerns. You make good points. I replied. Your post was good which is why I copied it out of my email and put it back and then addressed it.
[My Audiologist and I had this discussion. We talk and debate a lot. I think the world of Doug. He has moved heaven and earth for me. My Audi from 1976 to 2011/2012 was awesome as well. Both guys were/are private boutique providers. I also have the noahlink wireless interface. Some Audiologists will simply refuse to work with you… Doug and I had a serious discussion. It bothered him. Yet, he knows I know stuff. He had his lawyer draft a paper that states that any damage to my hearing resulting from me playing inside my hearing aids is not his fault and I will not hold him liable for what I do. I think that is fair and actually very wise on his part. ]