Orange (CCL Hearing Wellbeing 2012)

New hearing-aids

Hi Everyone


I’ve got new hearing-aids from Siemens. I bought them during a turbulent period when I was going to shoot a short film. With three guys. They would all talk at once, wouldn’t they?


My head would spin. I had determined to buy new hearing-aids. They were on an emergency setting as I had silt in the river, also known as earwax. Charmed.


“Hello, can I look in your ears?”


This would normally be an invitation to scarper, but the chances are that he or she is a Hearing-Aid Audiologist. I have the lady version, who speaks my language, I hope.


Ten days later my ears were wax-free, if that is the term.  Now we could see what they were really like.


These hearing-aids have receptors in the tips. They aren’t the plastic half-open moulds that I had two years ago and they aren’t the ‘tulip’ tips that I’ve had until now. With the latter, I couldn’t hear because every time my head moved, they stopped working. I’m having the same problem with these. I shall have to find some people to talk to, so that I can test it properly.


This is what I want from a hearing-aid:


• I want them to automatically re-adjust to people speaking loudly or softly.


• I also need a dampener on them, to alleviate loud noises.


• I don’t want to hear the conversation of the people behind me. Just sounds will be enough to warn me of a lorry etc.


I want a conversation in a group.  I’ve just heard of Book Club locally.


Can you think of anything else?


Have a great  hearing week




Debbie Jeffrey


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I wish … hearing … great opportunity for techies everywhere

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Probably from an advertisement for the "Acousticon", the first portable electric hearing aid, invented by Miller Reese Hutchison (1876–1944) in the USA and marketed there and in Europe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This picture shows the 4 most common Types of zinc-air button cells, used in hearing aids. While the number noted is manufacturer-independent, the prefixes and suffixes of the numbers aren't and may differ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

. .. I wish I could do this over the phone  –

If a Doctor can have a heartbeat tested over the phone, why isn’t it possible to check hearing-aids?  That question is for Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Oticon, Siemens (who almost sold their Hearing Aid Division by mistake!) and all techie people reading.

All you have to do IMHO is input the programming set up by the audiologist and send a coded/sound message to the hearing-aids which then adjust themselves to the right settings.* It is possible; ‘no’ is not an answer.  I know you can do it ;  I just bet the techie thinkers will be quicker.  Hey, you know the hearing-aid manufacturers to approach with the program!  Come back and tell me you’ve done it.

If you’re hearing-assisted, you may know the best way of doing it.  BTW I want this for everyone and not just the thrillingly expensive end of the hearing market.

*To clarify (4/22/2012), the person would be at home.  They ring a number, press a button and are through to a database plus software program.  They attach their hearing -aids to the phone or leave them by the phone.  The database looks up their prescription and the software program supplies the answer code.  It is then transmitted down the phone to the hearing-aids.  No communication with humans and no menus wanted.  Can you do that?