How do I choose the best hearing aids?

Posted by dkeefe @dkeefe, Nov 1, 2018

I currently have Starkey brand hearing aids which I have had for 4 years. They work well, but I have some issues with them. I am looking for replacements (they are behind the ear type) and would like to know what is available in similar quality and cheaper. I am located near Atlantic City and would like to know if there is someone in the area that offers something similar and carries various brands, not just one

Thanks for the feedback. I will see what the audi says after retest and adjustment. Do you have a TV adaptor for Phonak? I love how well I can hear TV with my current Oticon TV adaptor which cost $300 and connects to TV digital output cable. It works separate from TV speakers which my wife still uses.

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@dsh33782

No I don't have the adapter…..also tried the Bluetooth Paradise Phonak and it was a dismal failure for me. Constantly on my phone with the ridiculous app they use. The phone clarity was amazing but I still need visual to understand everything so I rely on my Innocpation app for phone calls. I hear voices fine on TV though….still need captions. If the speaker is not facing forward I have no idea what is being said so those devices fail for me.

FL Mary

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I switched from phonac to Oticon More 1 and really notice the difference. My brother also did the same thing and was amazed at the quality and how much more clear the voices were. The only negative is these are rechargeable only with a separate unit. If you are out of town and forget the battery charger, you can’t stop at Walmart and buy disposable batteries. And the Oticon battery unit can only be purchased from an audiologist. The charging is done overnight in the battery charger. However, if this is not a concern, I rate them a 9 and I’ve worn 6 brands over the years.

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Are you a veteran..? Are both ears about the same in hearing loss.. I am a veteran.. my left ear is just decoration .. amplification there is useless.. so the Starkey HAs (hearing aids) that the VA gave me are rechargable, and the left one receives and transmits to the right ear… I had several HAs before going to the VA.. but they were not very helpful.. and were expensive.. Price then had very little to do with quality… Hopefully the new revised Medicare type insurance is providing some help with costs…. The Rechargeable I find is really helpful.. the hearing aid even speaks to me when it needs a recharge… it says "battery"… and it gives me some time …

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@tonyinmi

@woogie If I'm not mistaken, TruHearing is not a manufacturer of hearing aids. It's an insurance plan. They approach audiology practices and get them to sign on. TruHearing uses it's much bigger buying power to get discounts from the manufacturers. I don't know the product offerings from TruHearing but you should ask your audiologist the manufacturer of the product you plan to use. I think the aids are rebranded, as are the Costco Kirkland aids, which are Phonak, or other major brands.
Tony in Michigan

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@tonyinmi can you recommend an excellent audiologist in mi who has in-depth fitting experience with the profoundly deaf?

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@surubi

@tonyinmi can you recommend an excellent audiologist in mi who has in-depth fitting experience with the profoundly deaf?

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@surubi Sorry that I cannot make a recommendation for an audiologist since there is no way that one person could possibly visit each one. Plus, everyone's hearing is different so satisfaction results will vary. The best I can do is to suggest to find one that follows the audiology best practices. Dr. Cliff Olson, AuD has a website that lists the practices that follow best practices. There are only two listed for Michigan, but there are a lot out there but just don't pay to get their practices listed on Cliff's website. There are many Hearing Instrument Specialists (HIS) out there and I've heard of both good and bad experiences. I don't think an HIS will be found on Cliff's site either. Here's the link to Dr Cliff's practices site https://drcliffaud.com/providers
BTW, my audiologist is not listed on Dr. Cliffs site.
Tony in Michigan

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@tonyinmi

@surubi Sorry that I cannot make a recommendation for an audiologist since there is no way that one person could possibly visit each one. Plus, everyone's hearing is different so satisfaction results will vary. The best I can do is to suggest to find one that follows the audiology best practices. Dr. Cliff Olson, AuD has a website that lists the practices that follow best practices. There are only two listed for Michigan, but there are a lot out there but just don't pay to get their practices listed on Cliff's website. There are many Hearing Instrument Specialists (HIS) out there and I've heard of both good and bad experiences. I don't think an HIS will be found on Cliff's site either. Here's the link to Dr Cliff's practices site https://drcliffaud.com/providers
BTW, my audiologist is not listed on Dr. Cliffs site.
Tony in Michigan

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Thanks, Tony. Can you share where in MI you are?

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@surubi

Thanks, Tony. Can you share where in MI you are?

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@surubi I live in Westland, which is about 20 miles from Detroit
Tony in Michigan

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@ken82

Are you a veteran..? Are both ears about the same in hearing loss.. I am a veteran.. my left ear is just decoration .. amplification there is useless.. so the Starkey HAs (hearing aids) that the VA gave me are rechargable, and the left one receives and transmits to the right ear… I had several HAs before going to the VA.. but they were not very helpful.. and were expensive.. Price then had very little to do with quality… Hopefully the new revised Medicare type insurance is providing some help with costs…. The Rechargeable I find is really helpful.. the hearing aid even speaks to me when it needs a recharge… it says "battery"… and it gives me some time …

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Good morning,
I have nerve damage in my right ear with about an 80% hearing loss. My left ear is starting to deteriorate. Can anyone recommend a good hearing aid for my condition? Thank you.

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@cooper12345

Good morning,
I have nerve damage in my right ear with about an 80% hearing loss. My left ear is starting to deteriorate. Can anyone recommend a good hearing aid for my condition? Thank you.

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Hi, @cooper12345
Welcome to Connect. We are not professionals but just patients sharing experiences. My best advice to you is to find the best audiologist you can and to trust in their experience and knowledge to guide you to what hearing aids are best for you.

I have an excellent audiologist. She deals with Oticon, Phonak, and one other top brand, I forget which. I rely on her for advice. There are two other audiologists in the same office and I know they sometimes confer on which hearing aids might work best for a patient.

If you happen to be in or close to NYC I highly recommend the Center for Hearing Loss and Communication – https://www.chchearing.org/facts-about-hearing-loss. It's a non-profit and charges are based on the ability to pay. I live in NH but I did go there once because my daughter worked there in a support capacity. Ellen Lafargue, AuD is excellent.
JK

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@cooper12345

Good morning,
I have nerve damage in my right ear with about an 80% hearing loss. My left ear is starting to deteriorate. Can anyone recommend a good hearing aid for my condition? Thank you.

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I question your statement that you have 'nerve damage'. There is no question that sensorineural hearing loss relates to the nerve. However, cochlear implants would not work if the auditory nerve was not working. "Nerve Damage" is a term that was used decades ago to indicate what was likely to be a diagnosis of progressive sensorineural hearing loss.

In reality, the auditory nerve is probably fully functional, but is not being stimulated by the hair cells in the cochlea. In other words, that nerve is not getting the message it is supposed to send to the brain. Hearing aids can help, but they do not stimulate that nerve. Cochlear implants bypass the cochlea to stimulate the auditory nerve directly so sound gets to the brain.

I realize that you are not asking about cochlear implants, but think it's important for anyone who has been told they have 'nerve damage' to know that is unlikely. Also, that there is help beyond hearing aids.

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I paid an Audiologist around 5 G’s for Oticon a few years ago. Later learned Bro-in-law got an exam and the H-aids at Costco for around $1700. I felt like the chump that had been “had.” Don

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