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Griff 09-13-2018 06:37 PM

This feckin getting old bullship
Who is getting hearing aides? This mother fucker, that is all.

BigV 09-13-2018 06:56 PM


Griff 09-13-2018 06:59 PM


Clodfobble 09-13-2018 07:00 PM

Hearing aids are great! They protect you from further hearing loss. Better now than later.

Griff 09-13-2018 08:01 PM

I'm more interested in the Bluetooth function where I can pretend to be interested in a conversation while rocking out.

The bit about maintaining my brain cuz I can hear whats happening is kinda big as well.

orthodoc 09-13-2018 08:44 PM

You’ll be amazed at what you were missing.
Maintaining your brain is a pretty good benefit too.

xoxoxoBruce 09-13-2018 09:18 PM

I've been wearing them since 1981. Last time I was tested the Doc said the bad news is you can't hear shit, the good news is you can buy the $1,000 model because the $5,000 model with all the bells and whistles won't help.

Carruthers 09-14-2018 05:33 AM

Why are hearing aids such a global racket?

Some while ago Dad responded to an ad which promised him miraculous hearing improvement.

I told him that there was great risk of being taken to the cleaners and asked him to think again before I posted the letter.

However, once he makes up his mind forces greater than me aren't able to persuade him to change it.

An appointment was made and a few days later the sales bod turned up parking his very expensive car on our drive.

A lengthy 'consultation' took place with a thorough explanation of the technology and a demonstration of the aids.

This was followed by casual mention of the price. £3000!

After Dad expressed his surprise (understatement alert) the sales bod mustered as much dignity as he was able and left.


At the beginning of his spiel, the salesmen went to great lengths to stress that they weren't 'used car salesmen' (his words) and were regulated by a statutory body.

After he left, I did an internet search of the chap's name and found that he had been fined a considerable sum by the regulatory body for various irregularities.

A search of Companies House data revealed a string of compulsory liquidations he'd been involved in.

Caveat emptor.

fargon 09-14-2018 11:20 AM

I've been wearing them for a couple of years, they do make a differance. And if you don't want to hear somebody you can turn them off.

Diaphone Jim 09-14-2018 12:31 PM

The VA gave me a pair of the 4 grand +/- (each) ones a few years back. They wouldn't spring for the kind that help with tinnitus.
I guess they improved my hearing in that I could hear the refrigerator, the wall clock and the neighbor's radio playing Rush Limbaugh in perfect fidelity.
Conversations and the rest of what I wanted were unchanged.
I gave them back after a month.

lumberjim 09-14-2018 01:09 PM

my dad got them a few years ago. changed his world. He's a musician, so....

good luck with your's PappyG!

xoxoxoBruce 09-14-2018 02:05 PM

When I first got them I religiously wiped them down with alcohol and placed them in their case every night, but kept getting ear inflammation and infections. Then I started just throwing them on my desk at night and knocking off any dried wax in the morning and bingo, no more problems.

Gravdigr 09-14-2018 02:18 PM

Too dirty for germs to live on them, I guess.

Clodfobble 09-14-2018 02:54 PM

More likely the residual alcohol killed the good bacteria in his ears, leaving him open to opportunistic infections. Like how mouthwash perpetuates your need for more mouthwash.

xoxoxoBruce 09-14-2018 09:48 PM

No residual, overnight between the alcohol and the ear. I'm thinking the squeaky clean plastic was irritating to the ear.

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