For most people, being able to hear the question someone just asked you is a given. So is knowing what was going on in the movie you’re watching when you had to look away from the screen for a moment.
For some people, like my husband, it’s a struggle to keep up with what’s going on. He’s mostly deaf in his right ear (some of which is from childhood, some is from his time in the Army), and has partial hearing loss in his left which gets worse over time.
My husband is only 29, so he doesn’t like to admit that he didn’t hear what was just said… but he probably didn’t. He doesn’t have a hearing aide- even though he would definitely benefit from it- the VA won’t cover it.
For the most part he just tries to keep people on his left, and pays attention to faces when people are speaking. (And we always leave subtitles or captions on.) So obviously, when I got the opportunity to review these hearing amplifiers, we were both excited.
They came with batteries, which is nice since those can be expensive, and three earbuds each to ensure the proper fit. When they’re in his ears they are visible but not overly so. They do sometimes whine if you brush your hand against them, but anyone who has had a hearing aide knows that sound.
He can definitely hear significantly better when he’s using these! Even with the volume turned pretty low, he can maintain a conversation with me even if he isn’t looking directly at me. That’s a pretty big deal. The only downside is that they amplify the sound of everything, so that includes background noise. But he doesn’t seem to mind, since he can hear what’s going on in the foreground too. 🙂
If you’re interested, you can get them here.