These are my cool new hearing aids! They are loaners
this week so I can see if I like them.
They are very different than my past hearing aids, but full of hip new
- They are digital audio and nine different frequencies can be adjusted
on the computer to match my hearing loss. The sound is much "softer"
than my other hearing aids--things don't sound as harsh or as crisp.
Bill says the digital audio geek words are "less brittle."
- There's no volume control! The computer calculates loud and soft noises
and amplifies soft noises more than the loud. I was skeptical about
this, but I've worn them for a week and have never felt like I wanted
to adjust the volume, so I guess it works!
- There's no hard plastic mold--what you see is what you get. The hearing
aids themselves fit into those little foam socks, and the socks go right
in my hear. (They're disposable--I'd use about one sock a week.) This
means when I move my jaw to talk or eat, I can't feel or hear the hearing
aids moving around in my ear canal--a nice change of pace, I can assure
- When the batteries are about to die, they beep in my ear like a microwave.
- The noise reduction setting works really hard to mute out background
noise when I'm in a loud situation. The setting I had last week worked
a little too well--sounds were so compressed around me that I felt I
was suddenly walking around in an echoey bubble. I'm trying a lower
setting this week to see if I can reduce that feeling without the noise
getting out of hand.