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  • #16
    Well, I have tinnitus and moderate in both ears, mostly genetic but some stupid behavior involving firearms as well. On my second pair, got Starkey Muses's that has like four different sound levels. I didn't go Bluetooth and almost wish I did for the convenience. They are small and fit extremely well so they are comfortable and I wear them all day, my last pair I would put in at work and take them out when I left.

    Either way you go, do it. My quality of life has greatly improved since I got over being an old man with hearing aids. Female voices are still a challenge, but talking to grandkids is so much easier.
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    • #17
      Buck. I have suffered with hearing loss since youth and have had many sets of hearing aids. I ordered some the other day from ziphearing.com and was very impressed with the service and price. They hooked me up with a local audiologist who will deliver them next week. I am fortunate to have federal bc/bs through my wife which pays a benefit of 2500 every three years.

      Hearing aids are an investment and in my opinion worth it. An option may be to find a set of used ones and have them programmed to your hearing specs. Naturally if they are custom molded that won’t work but I haven’t worn the molded ones in over 10 years. The new “open fit” ones are awesome. Message me with any questions. Be more than happy to help


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      • #18
        Buck, try the V.A. , It's part of your benefits and they have picked up their game...It might be fun ....Will

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        • #19
          Originally posted by FishWillie View Post
          Buck, try the V.A. , It's part of your benefits and they have picked up their game...It might be fun ....Will
          I just mailed off my final health benefit application paper work today Willie! I should hear back from them in a few weeks they said. If I qualify (which I assume I will), the next step will be to get an appointment with the Audiology dept over at the VA hospital on Clairmont Road.

          I would think 8 years running submarine nuclear power plants makes a compelling case for my hearing problems. All that radiation I got probably did not help matters too. Hopefully the goobermint hooks me up with some fancy blue tooth enabled hearing aids in the near future!

          PS: I did read that income level can impact my ability to get approved for health benefits. I might make too much annually to qualify for benefits. Guess I will know soon enough.
          Last edited by Buck Henry; 01-12-18, 12:49 PM.
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          • #20
            Surely you did not put down your current actual income!

            I think they are asking what your income was when you served. At least that sounds like a reasonable CYA should they ask to verify.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by eyeflyfish View Post
              Surely you did not put down your current actual income!

              I think they are asking what your income was when you served. At least that sounds like a reasonable CYA should they ask to verify.
              Nope can't fudge on this one. The form asks for previous year's gross income and they verify it by what you reported to the IRS. They use to require you to provide that data yearly, but once you are in the system, they do their annual income verification via the IRS.

              PS: they also use to require Total Net Worth data, but dropped that several years ago.
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              • #22
                You would think that income would have no relevance for those that put their life on the line. I learned first hand how little our government thinks of those they send into harms way when my dad died leaving a widow with 3 small children to raise.

                Good luck Buck and look forward to whispering sweet nothings in your ear one day while fishing.

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                • #23
                  Sooner rather than later

                  Buck, my wife is a speech pathologists that works at a non-profit for hearing impaired children along with audiologists. (I have a son with cochlear implants.) One thing I have heard her say is that it's better to get aided sooner rather than later. The more your hearing deteriorates the harder it is to aid it. If the VA doesn't work out, you should get a 30 day trial period with your aids, so if you don't like them, you can take them back and try the cheaper alternatives.
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                  • #24
                    Well, a quick update on my hearing aid situation. As I feared, the VA said I made too much money for VA healthcare benefit. I did not even qualify for their lowest priority level. I guess if VA funds are limited, I would much prefer the money be spent to help a Vet with severe service related medical issues than my weeny hearing loss problem. I have the right to appeal but probably will not bother.

                    So being on my own, I did some research and found a company called Embrace Hearing that is completely online. They sell high end German made hearing aids, but keep their cost low by removing the multiple middle men in the hearing aid business. You have to send them your hearing test results and then they custom program your hearing aids and then send them to you.

                    Reviews are almost off the chart 5 star for their products and customer service and they give you 45 day no questions asked trial period. My out the door cost is thousands less than going with any of the major players (beltone, etc) and Embraces's hearing aids are supposed to be top of the line technology wise. I got bluetooth as well so no more clunky head phones on the bus ride home.

                    So, I should have my new ears by the end of the week. Only concern I have now is my tried and true "sorry honey, I did not hear you" excuse just went right out the window!
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                    • #25
                      I'm glad you are getting some resolution. I look forward to "hearing" how they work for you. I hope they do a great job. My audiologist said even hearing aids wouldn't help me hear my wife.

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                      • #26
                        There is another angle on the VA if you can get through the gyrations to prove a service connected disability. You may have some hearing tests in your Navy medical records.

                        Costco is another option for digital hearing aides. They ran about $2,500 when I looked at them.

                        Follow-up appointments to adjust the fit and programing can make a big difference in the long term outcome. I'd consider an internet option for an in-the-woods option but there are better options for everyday. I like the various shapes of earpieces available with Widex

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                        • #27
                          Well, I am on day 2 with my new hearing aids and I have to say these things are pretty dam amazing! The ones I got are as high end as it gets and the clarity of the sounds I am hearing is almost too much! I am not use to hearing things like the ice maker water valve kick on and off. When it happened yesterday I literally said to my wife, what the heck was that! Also, simple sounds like a lock closing are so incredibly sharp it almost sounds fake to me.

                          I also have Bluetooth capability and can take phone calls with the caller's voice piped straight into my ears. You have to have a receiver remote for that feature so I sure hope I don't loose the sucker!
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                          • #28
                            Good deal. I prefer to think of them as 'the world now comes with a volume control' I use 'mute' quite a bit.

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                            • #29
                              Hey Buck,

                              Glad to hear the ears are working out. Do you know if the bluetooth can be used for tv watching? If the tv is sending a bluetooth signal to speakers/headphones is it possible to connect the hearing aids?

                              The phone is huge. Right now my dad (has aids) uses his cell phone speaker and it is really difficult to carry on a conversation from the feedback from the aids/background noise... I wish I was involved in his purchase 16 months ago I would have insisted.

                              Thanks
                              UF

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Uncle Fun View Post
                                Hey Buck,

                                Glad to hear the ears are working out. Do you know if the bluetooth can be used for tv watching? If the tv is sending a bluetooth signal to speakers/headphones is it possible to connect the hearing aids?

                                The phone is huge. Right now my dad (has aids) uses his cell phone speaker and it is really difficult to carry on a conversation from the feedback from the aids/background noise... I wish I was involved in his purchase 16 months ago I would have insisted.

                                Thanks
                                UF
                                Yes, mine can be interfaced directly with at TV so that the sound from the TV is being pumped directly to the hearing aids. There was a separate device needed in addition to the bluetooth remote for the TV interface that I chose not to purchase, but it was not that much more if I had chosen to purchase.

                                PS: I should add that my hearing aid automatically senses if a phone is being physically held up to the ear and shifts modes so that no feedback or squealing occurs.
                                Last edited by Buck Henry; 03-16-18, 10:27 AM.
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