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"I want a hearing aid"

Would like to try a low cost but still high quality hearing aid alternative. My hearing loss is currently only moderate, so I don't want to take a big plunge yet.

wanted by: erastus (19) in Short Hills, NJ 07078 +
updated on: Sept. 24, 2012, 2:37 p.m. (4 years, 9 months ago)
posted on: Dec. 1, 2010, 7:08 p.m. (6 years, 6 months ago)
tags: health medical personal care
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comment UPDATE: I got the Acoustitone model that Mitch recommended below and I am loving them! Like Mitch's mother, I find these hearing aids to be very comfortable and excellent at improving my hearing. Can't ask for anything more than that! - erastus 4 years, 9 months ago
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Low Cost DOES NOT MEAN Low Quality: My Mom's Experience:

A few years back, my Mom had to get hearing aids. She got a pair (not these) on the recommendation of her ear doctor and they cost her over $4,000.

They worked great, until her little 5 pound poodle found them on her nightstand one night and chewed them to bits. That was pretty traumatic for a fixed-income person who struggles monthly to make ends meet.

I have since suggested that she try this pair. Considering how much less they cost (priced at $330 for a pair) and how highly rated they are. I figure, if she can get 90% or more of the hearing for less than 1/10th of the cost, that's a good deal for her (and her dog.)

FYI, this is the product page describing them: Acoustitone PRO Hearing Aid from MDHearingAid

I'll post a follow-up once she has tried them out.

UPDATE! NOTES FROM MOM
(Direct from email, newest to oldest):


"I'm loving my hearing aids. They are about 3 times the size, but they're so light and comfortable on, it doesn't matter. The main thing is I can clearly hear much better with these.
Isn't that something? Don't tell me you always get what you pay for. We learn by our mistakes."

"Mike [family friend] is really happy with your hearing aid research. He ordered the same ones, just got them, and is really impressed. Unbelievable! We're comparing things we're hearing, that we haven't been hearing for a while. Things we take for granted."

"Loving my new hearing aids! Hearing little sounds around the house that I didn't know existed. Pretty neat! They're very comfortable too, even though they're about 3 times larger. They're very light. Definitely an upgrade, and a lot more reasonably prices. Fool me once, their fault, fool me twice, my fault (lol). So glad you did the research Mitch."

"So far, so good! We can't believe how good I can hear the TV. That is going to be so nice. Loving it!"

"Just got them. Bumpa's fitting them to me. So excited! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Will let you know how they work."
comment Thanks for sharing your Mom's feedback, Mitch. Both of my parents currently have doctor-chosen hearing aids which cost them multi-thousands of dollars per pair. I'm going to suggest that they try these Acoustitone ones as well. Seems like such an inefficient market exists for hearing aids, I'm glad someone is trying to break through with a higher quality, more affordable altenative! - meggers 4 years, 9 months ago
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An Excellent Low-Cost Hearing Aid

MDHearingAid Acoustitone PRO

  • Doctor-designed PROFESSIONAL hearing aid model
  • 10% the price, 100% the performance
  • Extremely light and comfortable
  • Good for those with Mild, Moderate, or Moderately-Severe hearing loss
  • Up to 45db of gain
  • Hearing Aid Styles

    All hearing aids models contain similar components to transmit sound from the environment to your ear. They do, however, come in a variety of styles which differ in the way that they are fitted into your ear.

    Some hearing aid models are small enough to fit directly in the ear canal, which makes them practically invisible, while others fit only partially in the canal. Typically, the smaller the hearing aid, the less powerful it is and the shorter its battery life will be. Smaller hearing aids also tend to cost more.

    Common Hearing Aid Types

    • Completely in the canal: least noticeable; won't pickup wind noise; works with telephone
    • In the canal: fits partially in the canal; less visible; can include volume adjustments
    • Half shell: bigger and a bit easier to handle; can include directional mic and volume control
    • Full shell in the ear: fits mostly around the outer ear; more visible to others; larger batteries last longer
    • Behind the ear: larger and sometimes more visible; capable of greater amplification
    • Open fit: very small behind the ear; doesn't plug ear canal; less visible; lacks some manual control

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