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  1. On 5/26/2021 at 10:01 PM, Steeldrifter said:

    Kind'a. Don't be too impressed. This old dude had to go to my "tech support" (Nephew) to get help with what I should look for in one  :D

     We have a grandchildren IT dept.  They even have the same eye roll as the IT pro at the office!


  2. 17 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

    That is great to hear they seem to be working as well/better than your others, even if it's only been a few hours. Hopefully they continue to improve your life by leaps and bounds! Let us know how they do on your first fishing trip with them :)

    Thank you Steve.  After a day they are performing as well as my previous set which is all I was asking for.  As I dial them in to specific situations they should perform better.   Beltone's new top of the line models would do better but these are 1/6 the cost so overall I'm extremely pleased.   

    The type of fishing (streams) I do was a challenge for my previous hearing aids, much like restaurants because they want to over amplify the ambient sounds like moving water.   Because I can adjust these while at the river I will be able to find a best results setting for fishing and that was next to impossible while sitting inside an audiologist office.   Still nothing beats the factory equipment. 


  3. My new Bose hearing aids arrived from UPS late yesterday.  Because it was late and downloading a phone App was involved I decided to wait until this morning at my office to get started.  When it comes to apps and my limited tech skills there's always potential for disaster.    I've only been using them for 3 hours so obviously this is just a first impressions report.

    First after opening the box every thing seems to be of equal quality to the multi thousand dollar units I'm used to.  The box contained the instruments, 3 sizes of replacement ear tips, a cleaning brush, a pack of batteries, the owners manual and a really nice storage case. 

    The Phone App-

    The app down load process was super simple and fast.  There was a "start here" note along next to the link and once it was open it could not have been easier.  (Not always the case with some apps).  Anyway as promised the app allows the wearer to control the volume and the equalization of the aids via blue tooth and again its super simple.  A screen tap switches the amplification between 360 to in front only.  There is also a left to right balance control.  Once you have them tuned to a setting you like you can save it.  There is an option to save up to 10 specific settings which you can label - "conversation", "Outdoors", "Television" etc.  A tap is all it takes to get from your normal setting to one you like for the restaurant.  The app connects to the devices almost immediately.   The hearing aids will go to the most recent setting if you power them up when your phone is not nearby.   There is also a mute button.  In short the app functions exactly like a car stereo but these are Bose so that would make sense.  Genius marketing really since pretty much everyone on the planet knows how to use a car stereo.

    The Hearing Aids-

    The Bose units are minimally larger than the Bel Tones I had but the Bose are more comfortable for me personally to wear.  Everyone is different so your results may vary.  That said they do offer longer and shorter cables from the unit to the ear tip domes of which you have 3 sizes to choose from.  A perfect fit should be possible for almost everyone.  They are powered by standard 312 batteries.  After I turned my set on all I did was boost the volume from the preset 20% up to 40% and I was immediately impressed with how clear, good and normal the world sounded.  Literally 5 minutes after I turned them on a coworker arrived who is a notorious low talker.  I was actually able to hear him explain how is debit card was hit with fraud last night.  Yesterday the choice would have been to ask him to repeat most of what he was saying or just nod politely.   My hearing loss is borderline severe especially in the high frequencies.  Within minutes I had them at a serviceable tuning and so far this morning here at the office I can hear as good or better than I could with my super expensive Bel Tones.  I also zeroed the EQ and cranked up the volume to test it out.  I'm pretty deaf and all I can say is you would need to be extremely deaf for these not to help.  I'm sure there are more powerful aids in the world but keep in mind these list for $849.00/pair not $8,459.00/pair.  So far I'm super impressed with these.   The one negative I've found in the short time I've had them is that they are more prone to squealing/feed back than my Bel Tones if you get your hands near them.  My wide brim fishing hat will probably cause some squealing too but I can tune that out when needed via the volume/EQ controls. In the coming weeks I'll be tuning them to work in various locations.  I'm sure I'll find weaknesses and limitations but at this price I they are exceeding all expectations.

    I can't speak to the reliability/longevity yet other than they seem to be as well made as my Bel Tones and Bose usually makes solid products. 

    I hope this is helpful to anyone out there that is looking for a first pair or to replace their current hearing aids.

     

     

     


  4. 17 minutes ago, Mark Knapp said:

    OK, now I understand your situation much better. Your doing good. Just keep doing what you are doing, and if you have to back away, back away slowly and don't lose eye contact. What ever you do, don't run. Never run. PS, she sounds like a very nice lady. Don't tell her where I live.

    You sell knives she's probably a customer-😄


  5. 22 hours ago, SilverCreek said:

    I'm glad you all made it.

    Do get the Covid vaccine even though you had Covid. Studies have shown that the vaccines benefit even those who have had Covid because the vaccines result in a greater immune response.

    Thank you- I plan to get vaccinated but if I'm being honest it's mostly because of the looming restrictions here in the peoples republic and not fear of the virus.  A lot of local commercial buildings are considering "restricting access" (some would say discriminate) of those without the proper "papers".   The restaurants and bars I play at on weekends can't force customers to produce a vaccine card yet but as a musician I am technically an employee.  Employees fall under a whole different set of rules.  

    There will be some really fascinating constitutional cases heading to the SCOTUS in a few years over all of this.   


  6. 3 minutes ago, Mark Knapp said:

    Your wife sounds mean, I'd tell her to get her office out of my fly tying room. Tell her that, see how it works.😄

    Well Mark, saying that to her could result in any one of a whole range of unpleasant possibilities.  At one end of the spectrum she might serve Kale covered in fat free dressing with non alcoholic beer dinner 🤢  or at the other there's getting stabbed in my sleep - not as bad as the kale but still bad.  

    I live with fear everyday, sometimes she lets me go fishing.   🤣


  7. 12 hours ago, tferg said:

    I'll give you 10 bucks for that cabinet under the window ha ha. Nice.

    Because my tying area is in my wife's office I do my best to keep it looking nice.   When it came to storage I thought no problem I'll just get a cabinet and flat file cabinets are as classic to fly tying as a roll top desk.  It was a great plan until I started looking for one.  The used prices were landing in the "fine antique furniture" category - I'm talking thousands of dollars.   Personally I just can't justify that kind of money to store feathers and fur.  So when my wife found this one on FB market place at $340 I called immediately.  After 3 years of searching an hour later I finally had my cabinet. 

     

    13 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

    My plans rarely come together that nice. Great job!

    Mine either and it's usually poor planning/rushing that are to blame.  This past Covid year really slowed life down for a while and It gave me time to focus on what I was trying to do.  My wife has been telling me for 20 years that I suck at multi tasking- 😉


  8. 1 hour ago, chugbug27 said:

    Perfect 10 @DFoster

     

    Thank you all  - I don't know about perfect but it's certainly evolved over the years to better suit my particular method of tying.   As I've posted before my desk occupies a corner of my wife's home office.  I keep it tidy, clean and above all every hook is accounted for (we have a dog and cat).  Both my wife and I are very organized people and for me it's a non issue.  Free time can be hard to come by and I hate wasting it hunting for things hidden in a mess.  I generally stick with tying traditional trout flies for the year plus a few dozen Atlantic Salmon Flies for our October river run so I don't need as much material storage as someone tying a wider range of flies.  It may be wishful thinking but I'm hoping the watch makers cabinet will be it for storage.  It's at about 70% capacity now but honestly it's pretty rare that I don't have a material needed or something very close.  

     

    By the way only us old guys or a serious gymnastics fan will have any idea who Nadia is 😁


  9. 23 minutes ago, SilverCreek said:

    We will know soon enough.

    Here's a quick Covid story Silver- I'm a heart attack survivor and just getting the flu can be fatal to people with my condition so I get the flu shot every year .  When my wife and I both got the worst "flu" we ever had after Christmas 2019 I knew something was up.  That Christmas our daughter and family were at our home when she developed a fever.  She works in Boston's financial district and there are Chinese nationals in her building almost daily.   Covid was beginning to hit China hard at that time but we never even thought of it when she told us she wasn't feeling well.  At the time there wasn't a covid test available unless you were an important person say like Tom Hanks-   Months later we all tested positive for antibodies.  Thankfully after spending 5 days horizontal and mostly unconscious my wife and I fully recovered.   We have a large family and at this point all of us have had it.  I'm thankful our family was spared any serious effects from it when so many others were not. 

    I'm hopeful Covid 19 will fade away like the 1918 flu never to be heard from again but if not I can live with an annual vaccine.  


  10. I suppose one of the few good things to come as a result of the pandemic is that I had enough time at home to finally finish my tying area.   I built the rod holder out of a cabinet I had in the basement and my wife and I stripped and painted the watch makers cabinet.  We looked for years before finding a cabinet (at a reasonable price) that would fit in the space under the window.  This is the way I pictured it would look when I started fly tying and I think I'm pretty much done.  Next project- the card board tube in the rod holder contains a bamboo 3 weight blank that I just received. This will be the 3rd bamboo rod I've done.  The first 2 (5 Wt and 6 Wt) were left for dead restorations.   I ordered this one new from the maker.  I'll post a thread about the process.

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  11. The scary thing to me is that the vaccine was so rushed and given FDA approval under emergency protocols.  I can imagine 5 years from now seeing  TV commercials from one of the better known ambulance chasers - "if you have developed rectal bleeding after receiving the COVID vaccine call us, you may be entitled to a cash award"....


  12. 16 minutes ago, skeet3t said:

    Story- When we moved to our new church 10 years ago, someone decided to pump up the volume. During the music, I had to wear ear plugs. I was told by a reputable person that an audiologist visited one Sunday morning. The next Sunday, she brought a meter to test volume which proved to be waaaay too loud. A letter was sent and ignored.

     I'm told that creating a hearing aid that can overcome the natural reverb of big voluminous rooms like churches, gymnasiums, town halls is the Mount Everest of the hearing aid world.  I have to use head phones to be able hear our pastor, without them he might as well be preaching in Swahili.


  13. 25 minutes ago, Steeldrifter said:

    I honestly have a new found empathy for those such as yourself that are suffering with hearing issues DFoster. With the tinnitus and ear issues I went through for the past 3 months (I'm almost fully better now thankfully, feel 90-95% normal now :) ) but with what I dealt with during those months with the constant ringing, the hyperacusis, and just overall frustration of my hearing not being "normal" it really gave me a very great appreciation for the basic things we take for granted, such as just hearing all the sounds of the world in a normal manner.  I truly hope the new ones give you back some sense of normality to your hearing. Hope to see you come back with a great report on how they are working out for you!

    Kind words- Thank you Steve.  Let your Mom know that hearing aids can change her life.  It's just a matter of being careful to select what will work for her.  Tinnitus is part of my loss as well, I'm glad to hear your recovering well!


  14. 10 hours ago, cphubert said:

    DFoster keep us updated I just replaced my old ones last fall with a pair of Widex, really interested in how well the Bose work out. I have a severe high  freq loss on left with moderate  loss in right, has been difficult for the audiologist to adjust for me. These new devices are much better than my last pair but still leave me desiring in crowded conversations.

    I'll be glad to- as you can probably gather from my rantings this has been a frustrating journey for me, first and foremost that my condition was self inflicted.  I'm in the moderate to severe range of high frequency loss myself.  The Bose site states their product is for mild to moderate loss.  Well maybe but I believe that if I can control the EQ of the devices from my phone I can make them work for me at least as well as the Bel Tones which need to be replaced anyway and these are way less money.  With the Bel Tones the problem wasn't their out put volume, they were often too loud,  the problem  was the equalization.   As I'm sure your audiologist did with you they would boost the frequency's that I was missing based on a hearing test.  That approach works for some but not all.  If your in the "not all" category it's almost impossible to describe how you hear with enough accuracy to allow someone else to adjust your aids.  My reality was the world always sounded like an AM radio playing in a gymnasium with the treble maxed and the bass off.  Often people speaking sounded a lot like Charlie Brown's school teacher.  I had no chance in an environment with a ton of ambient high freq noise like a restaurant.  The clinking of silverware on plates would drown everything out literally at sometimes painful levels and I would inevitably have to shut them off.  A simple volume control would have made things so much better.  Why would a company produce devices at $8400 price point and then force you to go to them to adjust something as simple as volume?

     


  15. 15 hours ago, flytire said:

    on a scale of 0 to 75, the volume level on my dads tv is set to 74

    i think he needs hearing aids ☝️

    LOL - Norm that's how my wife got me to get my first set, she couldn't stand the TV volume any longer!


  16. 25 minutes ago, SilverCreek said:

    Let us know how those Bose work out. There was a recent change in the law allowing other companies to market "hearing aids." Whether this is actually an improvement for the customer is yet to be determined.

    So those devices that you see advertised before that look like little transistor radios with earbuds for listening to the TV can now be sold as medical "Over the Counter hearing aids."

    https://www.health.com/health-reviews/over-the-counter-hearing-aids

    https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2019/otc-hearing-aids.html#:~:text=The change comes thanks to,less than traditional hearing aids.&text=For one%2C they're designed,mild to moderate hearing loss.

     

    From what I've read the hearing aid companies always cite government restrictions and regulations as a major factor to the cost.  Maybe that is the case, I don't know.  Still as an engineer I have to wonder if the 4 year life span is by design .  Corrosion rates of conductive metals are very well understood.  I'm guessing here but I would think that corrosion is a major reason why they fail.  Considering the minute size of the device why not use non corrosive materials like gold for all conductive circuitry?  The amount needed would be minimal when compared to an increased lifespan. 

    Maybe there's and electrical engineer out there that could shed some light on this?


  17. 1 hour ago, Steeldrifter said:

    With the cost of hearing aids being in the thousands for most, I'm totally shocked a top end brand like BOSE only $849 😲 I wish my Mom would look into them so she could up her quality of life. She's 77 and her hearing has gotten so bad lately I have to repeat probably 80% or more of what I say to her.

    Steve they're available on line and they'll ship them to her door.  She may need help with adjusting the levels depending on her tech knowledge (Cell phone and aps).

    Be sure to check you local regulations on over the counter hearing aids.


  18. 11 minutes ago, chugbug27 said:

    👍🤞

    (That's sign language for I'm excited for you and hope they work)

    A little off-topic?... My teenage daughter is getting more and more into playing drums over the past few years. Other than "don't play drums," is there any protective advice / device you'd recommend or that you know of to help with reducing hearing damage over the long term?

    If it's an unwelcome distraction from the main point of your thread, my apologies in advance and feel free to cut me off or pm with a response.

    Not a distraction at all.  First, I played for a decade in loud rock bands (lead guitar and electric bass) and I have no doubt that a major factor in my hearing loss was due to the drummers cymbals being right behind my head.  Often we were on small stages and there was no where to move to.  I did try some of the hearing protectors available at the time but they were to restrictive and made everything muffled.  I do know there are now products available that claim to allow all the frequency's through at a safe level but I have never used them.  I would encourage you to have your daughter try them and warn her of the bad things that can happen when she reaches her 30's.  There is no volume control on drums and they are loud by nature.  Tell her I know people who had to give up music permanently because of worsening hearing issues.

    20 years ago I switched to upright bass and began working with more subdued rock bands.  Thankfully the volume levels these days are no where near the face melting levels of the 80's.  My hearing hasn't gotten any worse since that time.  Here's a photo from St Patrick's Day 2020.

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  19. I know there are quite a few of us on the forum that are dealing with hearing loss.  I've been a professional musician for over 40 years and unfortunately early on I worked with extremely loud bands.  I haven't played at those volumes in decades but the damage was already done in back in the 80's.  Both of the bands I currently work with use BOSE sound systems and have for over 10 years.  They make an incredible system and they have been as reliable as a steel anvil.  This Tuesday Bose released their long awaited hearing aids which I tried to purchase yesterday but they sold out in 18 hours.  My current hearing aids are done.  The right one is completely dead and the left one is on it's way out so to say I was disappointed is an understatement.  This morning I received a phone call from Bose to let me know they were again available, shipping to be delayed for a week due to production.  I immediately purchased a set. 

    For anyone reading this with hearing loss or needs hearing aids here's what you should be aware of-

    My current and soon to be previous aids were from Bel Tone.  The Salesman (that's what they are) said they were "top of the line" when I purchased them at $8400.00/pair.  Like most, my insurance paid nothing and the only help I got was for being a AAA member so $6400.00 out of pocket. They could only be adjusted at a Bel Tone office and so I made many visits resulting in "try this setting for a few weeks". Despite 5 years of visits Bel Tone never got it right.  And at each visit I would have to endure the sales pitch about how wonderful the latest models are and they would only cost me another 6 grand!  I already spent 6 grand and still can't hear.   I am still watching TV on closed caption and I annoy everyone around me by constantly asking them to repeat themselves.  Something the salesman "forgot" to mention at my original fitting was that the life expectancy for $6400.00 is 4-5 years.  

    The BOSE aids retail for $849.00/pair on line and they offer 12 month interest free financing ($71/month).  Expensive but not insane and I suspect that because it's Bose that the life expectancy will be at least as good as any of the other brands out there, probably better.  They offer a full refund up to 90 days.  What really sold me is that they are immediately adjustable via a smart phone.  No visits/sales pitch and I can tune them to fit the surrounding noise, place to place if needed.  Not just the volume but the equalization.  

    So for me this is exciting, not like finding a LAW vise at a yard sale but close because hearing loss is truly depressing.   I am really, really hopeful that BOSE has figured out a way to produce a useful and reliable hearing aid at a reasonable price.   There are tens of thousands of us that need that solution.    I'm posting all this just to make some in the same situation at least aware that there are options other than refinancing your home.  If anyone is interested they can PM me and I will be glad give you a review after I've had them for a while.


  20. 5 hours ago, Capt Bob LeMay said:

    .No, I would not recommend wading any of the places we fish since the water is dark and there are toothy critters everywhere from brackish all they way out to the salt... The bull shark is our primary concern up in areas where the water is mostly fresh - and they're in great numbers along the coast as well... Funny thing - any rivers with large numbers of sea turtles will also have the occasional tiger shark (they're actually designed to eat turtle -  with each tooth shaped like a can opener....).

     Agreed, with a few exceptions, namely bears and PETA hippies (bear spray repels them too by the way) the wild life gets more toxic and dangerous as you get closer you get to the equator. 

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