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    Greetings - I'm a newbie to this forum; my name is Jim and I've been HOH since birth. The last audi that I saw said that my loss was profound; I do not have a copy of my results to post.

    I wonder if anyone has any experience with the Liberty brand hearing aids made by Walker's? From the specs, they would seem to be technically comparable or even ahead of most of the "major" brands, having 32 channels, data logging, 4 programs, etc. They are sold by my local Sam's Club, which has a licensed hearing aid specialist who is board certified in hearing instrument sciences; she would be the one administeriing a hearing aid test and programming the aids.

    I am intrigued, as the cost of these units is half (or less) the cost of what I think are comparable major brands.

    Jim
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    My specs according to one audi:
    Freq L R
    250 30 25
    500 50 45
    1000 70 55
    2000 85 80
    3000 85 85
    4000 90 90
    6000 105 90
    Last edited by jimv; 01-15-2010 at 02:13 PM. Reason: added results of hearing test

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    Anyone know if the Walker Co. actually mfg's their aids. If not who is their supplier.

    Walker Co is well known for supplying Hunter's Ears sold by sporting goods stores for about $200 to $450. Ed

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    I went to Sam's Club and took their hearing test; I've added the results of that test to my original post. The hearing aid dispenser then programmed a pair of Liberty SIE 312 hearing aids and let me walk around the store with them. They are BTE aids with a speaker-in-ear open fit design, unlike my current Sieman's full shell in-the-ear aids (which are physically shot, which is why I'm looking for new devices).

    My first impression was that the dispenser's voice (along with just about everything else), had a "tinny" sound compared to what I was used to. I realize that being inside a huge warehouse-type building was not the best place to be from an acoustical stand, but I don't recall my Sieman's ITEs sounding like that.

    My problem is that I'm not sure if it was because of the acoustics, something that the SIE 312's could be adjusted to take care of, or a common characteristic for devices with the the speaker-in-the-ear open-fit design. Or could it be that the 312 SIE's are boosting the high-frequencies much more than my older aids did and that's what the world is supposed to sound like?
    Last edited by jimv; 01-20-2010 at 10:31 AM. Reason: Correct punctuation

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed121 View Post
    Anyone know if the Walker Co. actually mfg's their aids. If not who is their supplier.

    Walker Co is well known for supplying Hunter's Ears sold by sporting goods stores for about $200 to $450. Ed
    Parent company. I sell the game ears as well, but we don't build them at our factory. Not sure where they are built. Our devices are built in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

    To jimv -
    Did you do loudness balancing? The initial fit on the hearing aids tends to shoot a little high for the SIE312s in my experience. I usually adjust that out before I save the settings but your specialist may wait on your input before making changes.
    Last edited by iceman0486; 02-16-2012 at 01:17 PM. Reason: Additional information.
    Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist in Kentucky
    Working with Hear in Kentucky - primarily with StarkeyAudibel

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