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 Hearing aids

Does anyone know where I could find out about getting ones that don't cost half
the earth?  I'm told they cost $550 for in-ear aids, and $400 for behind-ear
ones; are these prices reasonable? Where can I get less expensive aids or find
out about prices, etc.?

On a related topic, does anyone know about any new _treatment_ for hearing loss
caused by nerve damage (what I'm told is that the bone conduction tests show a
loss too, and this implies irreparable nerve damage)? I'm told nothing can be
done to correct this.

Please post or email; I will summarize email replies to the net.

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Mon, 19 Apr 1993 04:10:00 GMT
 Hearing aids

#Does anyone know where I could find out about getting ones that don't cost half
#the earth?  I'm told they cost $550 for in-ear aids, and $400 for behind-ear
#ones; are these prices reasonable? Where can I get less expensive aids or find
#out about prices, etc.?

Half the earth, hmmm.. USA isn't quite, but its net worth is minus 1 trillion
bucks.  In terms of hearing aids, the going rate for in-the ear was $650-800
each 1 year ago.  Price depends on quality, but the overhead the audiologist
charges is the same.  Get the best while you are at it, and get one per ear
unless your loss is entirely unilateral, which 'nerve losses' [a misnomer]
rarely are.  Behind-the-ear aids give somewhat better performance, the
price is lower, but they are clumsier to use.   I have a set of each and
I prefer the behind the ear type, but that could as well be because I got
accustomed to them first.  The main advertising advantage of the in-the-ear
type is that they are less visible.

#On a related topic, does anyone know about any new _treatment_ for hearing loss
#caused by nerve damage (what I'm told is that the bone conduction tests show a
#loss too, and this implies irreparable nerve damage)? I'm told nothing can be
#done to correct this.

I checked a year ago and there was nothing new.  I don't expect anything
for several years.  Hearing aids help, depending on the severity of the
nerve loss, but also learn to use hearing tactics, such as lip reading and
choosing the chair with its back to the brightest window.  Your audiologist
should be able to get you in touch with local self-help groups.

Best of luck.

Torkil Hammer



Mon, 19 Apr 1993 22:23:00 GMT
 
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