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Old 02-07-2012, 01:48 PM
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Default DIY hearing aids - Wa-Hoo!

I am going deaf. I've lost about 60% of my hearing now - maybe more. I can hear high and low frequencies, but voice ranges are almost gone. I've been renting some digital hearing aids for a few years, and that's OK because I couldn't afford them outright, at $2 - $3,500 each. Today my boss and I discussed my handicap and ways they might accomodate it. I mentioned that I'd love to be able to adjust my own aids, as a profoundly deaf friend does, on his laptop. Boss said if I can find the software, they'd get it for me! WOW!

I couldn't believe what I found on a search. DIY aids, including that software, and lots cheaper, too.
http://www.diyhearingaids.com/virtua...e-hearing-aids

This was just one of several sites. Can't wait to check them out!

I'd love to know if anyone else here has done their own hearing aids this way, and how they like it!
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Take the time to look up helichrysim essential oil. It does stop tinnitus almost immediately when rubbed behind the ear and on the mastoid bone. They say it helps greatly with hearing loss too. We buy the young living essential oils which are more expensive, but I know that they do work. And I know they stop the ringing in the ears. My husband has some nerve damage from loud machinery over the years which caused tinnitus. He uses the Aroma Life blend because it is cheaper than pure single helichrysim essential oil, but it stopped the tinnitus within a few seconds for him. He just puts a drop on his skin behind each ear and on the back of the skull every morning. It wouldn't hurt to look up the subject to see if that might help you. It wouldn't be as expensive as a hearing aid.
http://www.google.com/search?q=helic...2a5663660767bd

I know they suggest it for all people with hearing loss at the alternative clinic. They do say it works. And I know it worked for the ringing tinnitus, so hearing loss is just a step above that.
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Thank you for that tip! I have used Young Living essential oils, but I'd forgotten about the helichrysim oil. That plant is not called "life everlasting" for nothing!

But my hearing loss is genetic. It affects me and all of my brothers and sisters and many cousins. The fact that I can't get my audiologist to make changes to my aids is annoying - I'd love to get a shot at adjusting them myself! And the prices for these little gadgets are just wrong. As good as they are, they only charge this much because they can.
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There is a person who makes custom ear plugs for trap and target shooting. She has a table at many of the local gun shows. Several years ago, I bought a pair. They work good for there intended purpose.

However, I do have a significant hearing loss. I'm told it is what is called "hi frec" loss. What it does is I can hear people talking, it takes very little other distractions, noise, conversation, music, etc to where I can't understand what they are saying.

She was telling me when I got my ear plugs that the new at that time didgital "game hearing aids" at that time also limited gunshot noise and such as well as amplify conversation etc.

Essentially the same hearing aids you would get through insurance, but at 1/5th the cost.

Anyone ever checked into this...... ?
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WYO! Wow - I never heard of these, but with your post, I Googled it. I am reading more about these today! Might be just the ticket. I can hear people speak, but not make out the words with my own hearing loss. Makes me crazy - people have been told and TOLD and TOLD - and still mumble to me, walk away talking, or they shout. Don't need shouting, just face me and speak clearly. Please! But that's asking a lot. Dang mumblers! :0)

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Makes me crazy - people have been told and TOLD and TOLD - and still mumble to me, walk away talking, or they shout. Don't need shouting, just face me and speak clearly. Please! But that's asking a lot. Dang mumblers! :0)
i think there's lots of us who say "dang mumblers" - even so, i'm afraid we're way outnumbered -
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i think there's lots of us who say "dang mumblers" - even so, i'm afraid we're way outnumbered -
Some day most of the mumblers will be like we are now.
Saying what and huh all the time.
I cannot tell the difference between certain letters like c,d,t,p, etc.
My wife drives me nuts mumbling at me.
She gets irritated with me and it's a never ending circle.
I just tell her that maybe someday I will be blind and she can get mad at me for that.
That really ticks her off.
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I've learned to stop reacting when someone says something outrageous because what I heard is probably not what they said!
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