I assume you mean for the zinc/air batteries. Theoretically – yes. Actually – it depends.
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Sun, Jan 12 7:39am · Hard of Hearing and Going to the Movies: How do you deal with it? in Hearing Loss
I understand your "disappointments" in theaters. Unless a movie is captioned I just won't go. AND unless a movie is open captioned I'm not likely to go because of the "disappointments" to which you refer. So movies are just not a part of my life which gives me more time to do things I enjoy. Now if theaters had hearing loops that would be different. The nearest one I know of is 200 miles away.
At a hospital one time a patient had a dead battery problem with his hearing aids. The nurses and orderlies were trying to find him some batteries. He happened to need the same kind I have so I gave him some. All was well then. But I wondered why no one considered getting batteries from the audiology clinic that was in the same building. Hearing people don't think the way we do..
Sun, Jan 5 12:29pm · Hard of Hearing and Going to the Movies: How do you deal with it? in Hearing Loss
Not really a long shot Tony. It already happened. That's exactly why I started this thread. In my first post (third paragraph) I told of hearing about an open caption movie to be shown as the requested by a deaf/hard of hearing person. I found out through the deaf community and wanted to support the effort. I hadn't been to a movie in a long time and this one was open captioned. I enjoyed the movie and sent the theater a "thank you" for their consideration. I saw about 6 other deaf/hard of hearing people there that I knew. That was over 10% of the people in this small theater. I thought it was great that SOMEONE listened. We need to do more of this.
Sun, Jan 5 8:23am · Hard of Hearing and Going to the Movies: How do you deal with it? in Hearing Loss
We have one theater in out little podunk town of 9,000 30 miles away. It is a Suick theater and they have CC and ALD, but finding out which movies have captions is a little challenge. You have to call the theater and getting someone to answer the phone is "iffy". I'm nowhere near a movie expert but I've never seen anything on a movie advertisement regarding captioning.
Sat, Jan 4 2:27pm · Hard of Hearing and Going to the Movies: How do you deal with it? in Hearing Loss
I agree. The ALDs at theaters are generally not good. Lack of maintenance and dead batteries are common in my limited experience. And if batteries are dead the staff present usually doesn't know where to find fresh batteries.
Even with fresh batteries the audio at most movies has so much sound effects that it makes the speech impossible for me to understand and follow the movie. My preference would be a separate sound track with the speech only delivered by induction loop. I'm sure acoustic sound in the theater would be more than enough sound effects for me even with occlusive hearing aids. That won't happen in my lifetime.
That leaves captioned (open and closed) movies. I still keep hoping that open captions become more accepted by the general public and offered more. If hearing people had to watch movies with the captioning devices generally available (no audio) they'd understand. It is good that ALDs in use now allow a lot of people to enjoy movies, but they don't help many of us. So for those of you who can enjoy movies – good for you. I'll just go do something else for entertainment.
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There is good info posted above. I can't add much except emphasis. Everyones hearing is different. The hearing aids can only deliver the sound to the ears. Then, what the ears do with that sound, how it is transmitted to the brain, and how the brain processes whatever signal it receives are variable from person to person and sometimes day to day. Then add to that other factors such as the patients ability to adapt/learn, the voices/sounds he/she is listening to, and the other ambient noise/sound present it becomes a pretty dynamic situation. Getting the best hearing help results is more often a process than an event.
I often wish that my hearing aids were not made to be as small and inconspicuous as possible, but were large and bright colored so that I didn't have to explain so often (and repeatedly) that I have a hearing loss. I'd rather have people underestimate my hearing loss than not notice it. Don't let hearing loss consume you. There are lots of devices to help us. None of us chose to have hearing loss, but it is how we deal with it that makes the difference.