It’s Time



For quite a few years Kathy has had a difficult time hearing and following conversations especially in crowded places.  Years ago she sneezed and caused a perforated eardrum.  Although the ENT she goes to tried several things, nothing helped.  Each year her hearing loss got a bit worse.

Well, finally she decided to look into hearing aids.  After a hearing evaluation she met with the woman in charge of the hearing aid department (I am sure there is a more correct term) and she was given a trial set of hearing aids to try for two weeks.

These aids are supposedly the cream of the crop and their price tag would support this.  It seems that these were the perfect two weeks to try these out since we had lunch out with friends in noisy restaurants and we had a show in Hershey.

Now, the aids still need to be fine tuned and she must get her own set since these are just loaners.  But the hearing aids are not all we need to get for her.  She needs a new phone as well.

You see, we have always had android phones.  Turns out the hearing aids work only with an I-phone.  It seems the phone connects to the aids so that the volume on the hearing aids can be adjusted using the phone.  The phone also controls the TV volume for her so that if she needs the volume louder she can turn it up using her phone but it will not affect the volume I hear coming form the set.

The aids can also be set up so that she can answer her phone and talk using the aids, no need to hold the phone to the ear.

Wow, I guess things have come a long way since the old horn in the ear.

Goat Horn Ear Trumpet: W. P. Zubar with eartrumpet (c. 1900) - Credit: Library of Congress / Ear trumpets were early hearing aids. They were typically made from sheet iron, silver, wood, animal horns, & even snail shell. In 1963, the ear trumpet producer F. C. Rein & Son in London ended activity as the last company of its kind.



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20 responses to “It’s Time

  1. This was great timing. My sister has hearing issues with at least one ear, but . . . She still has a flup phone! More to explore!

  2. Wow! I had no idea! Apple does seem to have a lot of accessibility stuff. One of my former students was visually impaired, and I could use Google Classroom to upload stuff for her to read via iPad and a Braille reader. I swear it was the most magical voodoo I have ever seen. I am glad there are things like that available now! Happy shopping.

  3. jumpofffindwings

    So glad Kathy is finding a solution. I do have mixed feelings about only-Apple anything/everything. Sorry to sound like a curmudgeon, but drat, that company has its fingers in every money-making pie, and often slaps others away. (Don’t get me started about our dependence on phones!) That said, I’m so glad hearing aids have entered the 21st century, and Kathy is there to benefit.

    • I totally agree with you. She had a perfectly good phone but couldn’t use it unless she was willing to wear a box around her neck that the android phone would speak to and then send the message to the hearing aids. Great for advertising Hey, look at me. I wear hearing aids.

  4. Terje

    Wow. The technology has really developed. I bet that once Kathy gets used to her new hearing aid and phone she will be so glad she got them both.

  5. Oh my goodness, that photo! Can you imagine? I hope she will find her new phone easy to learn and that all of the new technology will work well for her.

  6. I believe the word you’re not looking for is “audiologist” 🙂 It is wonderful how far technology has come. Though a little disheartening that you will have to purchase/transfer to an iPhone to use it. You’d think the company that programmed it for use with an Apple product would have done the same for use with Android. Cheers to Kathy hearing more even in crowded spaces.

  7. Remarkable how tech becomes both a help and a hurdle. Getting the help one needs, though, is key and having support in the process makes all the difference. Glad you were there to offer the encouragement.

    • You are right. The key is support. With so many options out there we need to rely on those who are knowledgeable in the field and can guide to what is best suited for us.

  8. Good for her! I have some family members who refuse to admit they can’t hear and it really makes communication difficult. My mother-in-law has hearing aids that work via Bluetooth so she can listen to music or talk on the phone and nobody else can hear – like headphones. She can set it so she can hear her phone ringing directly in the aid. Amazing technology, but pricey!

  9. It’s like buying a new car but making sure you upgrade your phone first. My dad needed hearing aids and refused to wear them. My brother got some a few years back, around age 60, and found them life changing. I hope I emulate him and not my dad when I get to that stage.

    • Picking out aids was an experience as well since they come in a variety of colors. You can have aids that blend in or ones that stand out. Imagine.

  10. Lainie Levin

    Oh, my. All in the name of technology, I suppose…?

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