tl, dr: eh?
Well, this is it. I’ve lived long enough to admit that I have a hearing problem and need some help with this. Part of it is old age, part of it is plain stupidity as I’d blast music in my headphones. RIP to the follicles that had to die for the benefit of me listening to Weird Al and other musical greats. Brings back memories of when I was listening to music in the supermarket and some nosy lady tells me that I’ll be deaf by the time I’m 50. Thankfully she wasn’t quite right there, but on the right track.
I can still have conversations with people in typical settings, listen to music at a normal volume, no problem speaking on the phone. The hearing loss is mainly high frequencies, so while I can hear the alpha bros just fine (though wish I couldn’t), it’s the lovely female voices and low talkers that give me trouble, especially in crowded and noisy places, so the longer I wait on this, the more likely I’ll end up wearing a pirate shirt on the Today show. OK, enough with the deaf comedy jam, time to talk hearing aids.
Of course, first stop was the ENT office, took a hearing test, then the audiolologist tried to sell me a pair of hearing aids for >$5k. Next!
Went to Costco yesterday, took another hearing test with probably the same voices and words as the first one, essentially the same results, then looked at 2 possibilities: Philips HearLink or Jabra Enhance Pro 10. Both are <$2k, behind the ear models, use AI to make adjustments, I’m told they handle music well (I sing in 2 choruses so important). I tried on the Philips, tough to say how well they work since Costco is pretty quiet on weekday afternoons, weird that I could hear my footsteps, plus my own voice was amplified, but I could see that normal sounds were not amplified which is how it is designed to work. Jabra is a bit pricier, reviews say the sound quality is not quite as good as Philips but still great, their big advantage is a much better iPhone app.
I’ll keep shopping around, our insurance plan gives discounts with Ampliphon so working on setting up an appointment with them.
Any advice from people who are dealing with hearing aids or know someone who is would be very much appreciated. I’d also appreciate any advice on herring aids for anyone who thinks this thread is fishy.