Alan Zoff Posted February 28, 2020 Share Posted February 28, 2020 Just thought I would mention this in case of interest to others.I have had a difficult "reverse slope" hearing problem for 40 years. I have seen countless audiologists (NHS and private) who all started out confident that they could sort it but eventually admitted defeat, the private ones after taking thousands of pounds from me over the years.However, although not yet marketed as hearing aids, there are now off-the-shelf bluetooth devices from audio companies such as Bose that, in my case at least, provide a significant improvement and at a fraction of the cost of private aids (less than £300).They are sold as hearphones and I have tried those by Bose and BeHear. The Bose give me a slightly better result but my loss is far from typical so what works for me might not be best for someone else. What is particularly impressive about the BeHear is that the accompanying app allows you to produce your own audiogram and program the device specifically to your particular graph. In fact, a slight criticism I have of the BeHear is that they seem almost too sophisticated/ complex for their own good. But I am still experimenting with them so I might be commenting a little too early.Both have much less aesthetic appeal than hearing aids as the electronics are in a collar that goes around the neck and is linked by thick black leads to very noticeable ear buds. Frankly, I have reached the point where I don't care too much what things look like if they can enable me to join in conversations! In fact, they are marketed as conversation enhancers, rather than hearing aids, and are aimed as much at people with reasonable hearing who struggle in difficult situations (crowds, pubs, restaurants) as at those with distinct hearing problems.As usual, the technology was first launched in the States and initially they were unable to call them hearing aids due to licensing laws. I gather however that Bose have now come to an agreement with the authorities over this and I think we can expect to see an opening up of the market over the next year or so and some welcome competition to the lucrative hearing aid industry.I can only really comment on the two makes I have tried. There are others such as NuHear buds that do not have the collar and leads as all the electronics are in the ear buds. My cousin who tried those was unimpressed but, again, it may be horses for courses. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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