Re: Hearing aids
Posted by Veteran on 5/24/2021, 12:12 pm, in reply to "Hearing aids"
I ‘ve been wearing hearing aids for approximately 10 years now. In addition to having difficulty with hearing people’s conversations, I ‘ve developed a loss in the high frequency range and have dealt with tinnitus for over 20 years now. In addition to myself, I have 3 family members that also have hearing loss to different degrees and two of them are or were band directors too. |
You are absolutely right about the cost of hearing aids being sky high. There are also a number of disreputable brands that are marketed towards taking advantage of senior citizens.
Ask your audiologist about getting hearing aids through Truhearing.. It is a company that works with health plans to save you money on hearing aids. If your audiologist is unaware of Truhearing then they may not be in its network. Go to their website Truhearing.com to find out more and even talk with a representative.
You may also want to apply for a CareCredit credit card. It’s a credit card for medical expenditures and is no interest if you pay off the purchase in something like 18 months I belive. It has really been helpful to our family in several medical purchases. Go to carecredit.com to find out more.
As far as brands of hearing aids: There are only something like 6 major brands of hearing aids. You can find out this information easily. My first pair were Phonak and I thought they were terrific. It had the ability to have different settings that I could change with the touch of the button on the earpiece. I went in to my audiologist with my instrument and they tinkered with the settings until I had it set for just the way I wanted when playing. I would use this setting for band rehearsal and private lesssons. I had another setting for just day to day use.
The Phonak set lasted about 7-8 years and then I needed to get a new set. I am currently using a Starkey hearing aids. It has an app that you put on your phone and you can personalize your settings for the situations you like. I have not been as happy with the Starkey because the app has never been real consistent on my phone since the last operating system update. However, my experience has not been the same with everyone else and their customer support has been great in trying to help me resolve the problem. That being said, I think I ‘ll go back to Phonak next time.
Finally, in regards to people wearing hearing aids to clinics your band: I think you need to trust the reputation of the people you bring in. I have known several band directors over the years that had outstanding programs (including honor bands) that wear hearing aids.
I hope this information has been helpful. Best of luck in your journey. Research, research, research and take care of yourself!