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    Hi
    There are allot of over the counter hearing aids today. TV is full of ads for them at around $300...I would like to know, if you have purchased this level of device, are you pleased with it ? Are you happy with how they support music and guitar playing, hearing speech and TV, et al. ? Or, are you regretting you didn't go for the more expensive kind with a mold having been taken of your ear canal ? And, Are yours rechargeable ?..
    Thanks, M

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    I bought a set, but quickly returned them as I could not get them to recharge. They were ok for speech enhancement; for music, not so much. My professional-grade HEs are expensive but work well. Batteries last about a week, and are mercury-free and relatively cheap. I would do it agin, and probably will, as the response curve is tailored to my hearing loss insofar as that is possible. I could have gotten an L-5CES for the price. I just would not have been able to enjoy the sound of it.

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    I have been having trouble lately, if it's a loud room all around, even in the distance, I can't hear the person next to me talking to me, even though I hear everything else like a megaphone.

    Someone suggested to me "Eargo."

    Eargo Hearing Aids

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    What? What did you say?

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    That was Tuesday.

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    My hearing is about shot due to years of directly standing in front of a Leslie organ speaker w a huge Peavey amp on top about a foot from the back of my head.
    The organist would always get these gigs in tiny clubs w nowhere else for me to stand.
    I went to get a hearing test once and the doctor said do you work around loud machinery? I said I was a musician and she just shook her head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    My hearing is about shot due to years of directly standing in front of a Leslie organ speaker w a huge Peavey amp on top about a foot from the back of my head.
    The organist would always get these gigs in tiny clubs w nowhere else for me to stand.
    I went to get a hearing test once and the doctor said do you work around loud machinery? I said I was a musician and she just shook her head.
    I hear ya man! A bit muffled though. Mine's from the sax player's floor monitor funnelling directly into my right ear for almost a decade. In cramped spaces it hit him in the knees, so he needed it cranked. I'm a couple feet away so it hit me 'just right'. After those gigs I always had serious ringing. Now that's mostly all I get from that ear. Thankfully the one pointed off stage still works OK.

    The kids today with their in-ear monitors don't know how good they got it.

    I'm thinking about making an ear trumpet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccroft
    I'm thinking about making an ear trumpet...
    You'd be in good company.

    Today's OTC Hearing Aids..Who owns them ?-beethoven-800x445-jpg

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    I lost my hearing working in commercial diving (80% right ear and 60% left). Been wearing hearing aids for 30 years. My aids are replaced every five years and with each replacement the new technology helps me hear a little better. In my experience forget the dime store brands, you get what you pay for. My present aids are Oticon More behind the ear which cost $5500 after a government benefit of $1000. If it comes to hearing or not, these are worth every penny.
    As for playing music, these aids act like a brain function which automatically adjusts for ambient environments. I’m pleased, they are smaller, lighter, rechargeable -no batteries, no tubes hanging on the ears and best of all I can hear.

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    Bose made a great product a few years ago called Hearphones. I bought one for about $400 IIRC. It is noise enhancing and noise cancelling and adjustable via smartphone. GREAT for the airplane, crowded public spaces AND watching TV with the S/O...I can adjust the volume to my preference, without triggering her ire.

    The only downside--they look dorky, but hey the young people these days walk around with dinner plate-sized headphones on, so I wouldn't feel that bad about wearing them out in public.

    Apparently they stopped making them--I read somewhere that there were too many quality issues. So I hope mine never dies.

    They are now making smaller in-ear hearing augmentation devices, like this one:

    SoundControl Hearing Aids | Bose

    I am curious to try this out, cause I don't feel like shelling out 4-5 grand for a pair. And IMO Bose has done some brilliant engineering work re' sound for many, many years.

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    Belated thanks for all the input..