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  1. How much arehearing aid in the US?

    Prices are all over the place based on a number of factors.

    Aids come in 3 levels:
    Entry - provides basic enhancements for people who are in quiet settings.
    Mid - adds additional noise suppression and directionality making it reasonably close to the next.
    Top - all the bells and whistles for noise and directionality
    All of the above are built on the exact same hardware

    Pricing for the three might be 2500 -- 4000 -- 6000 but some clinics will ...
  2. Choosing the "best" aid

    Over several models companies touted things like double the processor speed. That seems to have plateaued for all save Octicon who was playing catch-up. The rocketing improvements in the last 10 years or so made more elaborate software/claims possible.

    AFAIK, the recent couple of cycles haven't had the "double the speed" claims so they moved toward software tweaks. Those get blown out of proportion by their PR department.

    Put that all together and you get ...
  3. More closed fitting for better speech in noise?

    This gentlemen is a great supporter of the forum and a great fitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Um bongo View Post
    The argument is that you 'manage' all the sound rather than just let it mix with the HF improvement you get from more open fittings.

    As with lots of this stuff, the answer is more 'it depends' rather than a straight YES/NO. Looking at the long term success of RIC fittings you have to examine why this type of fit has dominated the market in recent years vs. the more occluded styles if fitting. It's not
  4. Self programmable personal amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by rasmus_braun View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by d-dogg View Post
    First question is whether anyone has discovered a source for HA/PSADs that readily allow self programming?
    These companies sell PSAPs and hearing aids with self-programming software and technical support services:
  5. Decisions about first HA when primary problem is tinnitus

    After six years of tinnitus, it has gotten worse. Or my tolerance has decreased; same outcome.

    So I started looking at HA. Audi says Lynx w/ tinnitus masking enabled; helps some fraction of tinnitus sufferers. No way to know until you try it. $5200

    Costco sells Cala 8, almost same HA, w/o tinnitus masking enabled, for $2600. But one can use the Resound Relief Tinnitus Masking app and stream any of a huge variety of tones/sounds to the HA's.

    I've posted to ...
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