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Post by Rasputin » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:56 am

simonm wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:32 am
Given the prevalence of fashionable clip on the ear bluetooth headsets for phones
They are fashionable in Germany?
I cannot understand why people want tiny hearing aids.
They are fashionable among elderly people in Germany?? Do these comments really relate to the same demographic?

Surely the reason is that most people prefer not to advertise their decrepitude. I am not sure it is like the bluetooth headsets, which - if they really are popular over there - are a fashion thing and definitely do not shout out "I am old and my hearing has gone, please treat me as irrelevant and/or senile".
It seems to me that the drive towards the tiny hearing aids is essentially the same kind of marketing as the diamond marketing. The hearing aid market and the diamond markets share the facts that they are almost monopolies (extremely few sellers) with products that are in essence commonplace.
Well in a sense they are both do to with trying to look glamorous, I suppose - but even if it is true that there are few sellers of hearing aids, in principle the market is open to anyone. By contrast, you will struggle selling diamonds unless you own a diamond mine, which enables the owners of the mines to keep out competitors.

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Post by amezcua » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:35 pm

I visited London recently and walking along a path in the park a cyclist moaned at us for using his half of the path with red paint. plenty of room to ride round but he was much too important . The sort of person that takes Ping Pong seriously .

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Post by amezcua » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:23 pm

Decrepitude is a lovely word . That`s how I feel today .There are some videos comparing about 6 different makes of bone conductors and I was put off by the smug people shown. Chosen for their youth and looks with ridiculous half smiles . ( "Yutes "or Youthes as in My Cousin Vinny ).Hearing Aid articles in NHS sites give the impression that deafness is the key to eternal happiness. Lots of laughing and smiling oldies to make us envious .Bahh. Humbug! My money for 2 pairs of Chinese conductors was returned as they have sold out .Back to square one now .

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Post by amezcua » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:35 pm

Here`s a note for Rasputin . You asked about the volume controls and I know a few that do have controls. Maybe the cheapest will not . Some standard hearing aids eg Danalogic have Flight Mode controls as they can transmit radio signals .This is not permitted in certain areas . The way to switch that off is to open and close the battery compartment 3 times. But the battery will fall out very easily on these aids. Imagine faffing around with that with luggage etc .

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Post by Lorette » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:34 pm

Thank you amezcua and Pat Dodson for your informative explanations.
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Post by dory » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:35 am

I probably shouldn't answer this as I don't wear hearing aids. However, I want to point out that although they are more common among older people thsn younger people, they are far from being only for the "decrepit." I know several quite young people who have hearing aids. I have never understood who they don't make hearing aids look fashionable like glasses do. Why not? My mother began to lose her hearing faurly ypung, I think but her hearing loss got very bad by the time she was in her 70s. She assiciated hearing aids with getting old and refused to wear them. They say that untreated hearing loss is associated with dementia and that was true in her case. Better to realize that anyone of any age can wear a bearing aid and get on with things.
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Post by Rasputin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:08 am

amezcua wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:35 pm
Here`s a note for Rasputin . You asked about the volume controls and I know a few that do have controls. Maybe the cheapest will not . Some standard hearing aids eg Danalogic have Flight Mode controls as they can transmit radio signals .This is not permitted in certain areas . The way to switch that off is to open and close the battery compartment 3 times. But the battery will fall out very easily on these aids. Imagine faffing around with that with luggage etc .
OK, thanks for the info.

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Post by Rasputin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:19 am

dory wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:35 am
I have never understood who they don't make hearing aids look fashionable like glasses do. Why not?
I think that's what they're doing by making them small.

I wear glasses some of the time and every now and then I get a reminder that there are people out there who think this is something to be mocked. I think there has probably been a change in attitudes to glasses over the years, so it's reasonable to suggest that the same thing could happen with hearing aids. I don't know why it hasn't - maybe the market is too small for those with enough clout to change perceptions to get involved. As simonm suggested, you could build them in to a pair of glasses and get around it that way - but they are getting so small now there is not really any need.

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Post by amezcua » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:20 am

There is a brand of bone conductors built into glasses but they look like expensive sunglasses to go with my Maserti (I wish). In Oz I expect they call them Boneys. (Oz --Australia ).

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Post by Pat Dodson » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:41 am

Manufacturers do cater for youngsters and those who want to accessorise or flaunt it. They have many colours of moulds, tubes and casings, some patterned.

Then there are the artistic, creative individuals....

You might want to turn the sound off while watching this.


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Post by Justfun » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:55 am

Any web links where to buy?
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Post by amezcua » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:38 pm

There is a youtube comparing 6 different types . You can look for all the names . One type is sold by a cycle shop network .It`s a uk firm .They have an article chatting about them .
Yes lots of youtube videos .One model is a peaked hat with 4 speakers (or vibrators). Where will they think of putting vibrators next I wonder ?

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Post by Justfun » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:07 pm

Thank you for this thread... I could help my dad with a better hearing aid.

Thank you again.

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Post by robin loops » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:20 pm

simonm wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:32 am

Given the prevalence of fashionable clip on the ear bluetooth headsets for phones I cannot understand why people want tiny hearing aids. A new neighbor has ultra discrete tiny transparent ones that almost completely hidden by his spectacles (but not integrated into them).

It seems to me that the drive towards the tiny hearing aids is essentially the same kind of marketing as the diamond marketing. The hearing aid market and the diamond markets share the facts that they are almost monopolies (extremely few sellers) with products that are in essence commonplace.
There's a significant difference between occasionally wearing a piece of technology and having to use one continually to have better function (in this case hearing). For example, sunglasses (and even fake eye glasses at times) are quite popular but I would still consider laser surgery as an alternative to having to wear my glasses 24/7.
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Post by Pat Dodson » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:25 pm

robin loops wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:20 pm


There's a significant difference between occasionally wearing a piece of technology and having to use one continually to have better function (in this case hearing). For example, sunglasses (and even fake eye glasses at times) are quite popular but I would still consider laser surgery as an alternative to having to wear my glasses 24/7.
Sorry to divert for a moment but it is perhaps interesting to note that some within a section of the profoundly deaf community, those who use signing almost exclusively and socialise together, have sometimes been anti aiding and very anti cochlear transplanting.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... ed/278527/

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