Got my vibe LOL

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Got my vibe LOL
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Tue, 07-21-2009 - 2:09am

So I finally got my vibe. It's interesting. Obviously lots of weird noises I hadn't noticed so much any more. Birds sure chirp loudly at times, and paper bags rustle a lot when you crumple them! Whistling (me) sounds way too loud right now.

Is it normal for the hearing aid to be uncomfortable the first while? I mean it's quite unpleasant right now in my ear but my brother (who hasn't had an aid but wears properly fitted earplugs when he plays the bagpipes) said that happened the first few times he wore his plugs...then he got used to them.

WDYT?

So here are 2 pics, one with a burgandy cover and the other a pretty hot pink cover. Please excuse the poor picture quality; webcam took these and they're not wonderful.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: macbump
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 1:34pm

Those look neat!

Maria :)                


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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: macbump
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 2:03pm

Yeah it's pretty cool. *Unfortunately* this vibe has been discontinued now :-( (it's still guaranteed, obviously) not due to malfunctioning etc., but due to it not really being powerful enough for lots of people. I think 35 db max? I took a gamble, b/c it *might* not have the power *I* need in say, 5 years from now. But then who knows how long *it* will last past its warranty period too YK? I'm not at the max and it might be just fine until it dies tho. :-)

In asking the audiologist and a couple other ppl I kind of got the impression the "average" time one would expect to use a hearing aid and not need it fixed, replaced, etc. is approx. 7 years. I mean the audiologist said he had seen *some* people come in still using the one they got 15-20 yrs ago, but rarely.

So, all in all, I'm happy for now. I barely feel it and it helps. I like how it looks like a bluetooth receiver. ;-) No one has commented on it yet, since so many ppl have bluetooth receivers in their ears these days. It just looks like "mine is smaller and cooler" LOL. ;-)

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Registered: 12-03-2007
In reply to: macbump
Fri, 07-24-2009 - 11:46pm

Awesome! DD's audiologist said that the molds take a little while to fit the best (since the bodyheat helps - I think?). She has full molds though, but looks like yours is fitting comfortably now!


Is it cool being able to hear things differently now? I always wonder what it's like for DD when we turn hers on. :)

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In reply to: macbump
Sat, 07-25-2009 - 12:19am

Well, mine is not a "mold" so to speak. It's kind of like a "mini BTE" (like in the drawing top right in this image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4b/HearingAidTypes.jpg ) but it isn't "behind" the ear, rather in the crease of the ear (that is the pink/red bit that you see, and that is where the microphone is encased and where there is a button to change between programs etc.). The bit that goes *in* the ear is only a small speaker with a little silicone shield of sorts to hold it in place...no mold.

Yes it is kind of cool to hear more clearly. It's slightly different quality and certain sounds are a bit bothersome at times (there is an almost "feedback"-type of overtone that I hear when my stove/microwave/breadmaker buzzers go off...). Keep in mind, I am not completely deaf in that ear; my hearing loss is still relatively minimal I gather, in the grand scheme of things. :-)