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  1. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    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.
  2. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    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!
  3. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    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?
  4. DFoster

    Hearing loss

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

    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?
  6. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    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.
  7. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    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.
  8. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. "Hello LL Bean, I'm going to need a replacement rod because I was poking a snapping turtle with the rod tip. Under your lifetime warranty is that considered normal use"?
  11. Thanks Steve. Yours is the prevailing opinion from what I’m reading online. Also their notorious bad attitude is usually displayed only when their on dry land. The “experts” say they feel secure in water. I’m still going to be a little cautious.
  12. Here's a question for anyone out there with some knowledge of snapping turtles. Last summer I began to see this guy frequently in the best pool on one of my favorite fishing streams. He was there so often that I started calling him "Ernie" (for all I know he could be a she). To give you an idea of Ernie's size, his shell is roughly as big as a toilet seat. Last summer/autumn the water was low and I was able to "see and avoid" with him and we had no issues. The water was warm then and so even when I didn't see him I'm sure he would swim away from me if I waded to close. But currently the water is waist deep and I can't see the bottom while I wade. It's also cold so the turtle is really sluggish, add in that I'm being as stealthy as possible and I'm a little concerned about kicking or stepping on him- Should I be?. Thanks all-
  13. Brook trout from Saturday on a Hydrophyche variant.
  14. The state stocks this river in 3 locations one of which is from road bridge about 1500 yards upstream from my fishing area. There is a really deep pool just down stream so It's a safe bet that's where some of them are. I can fish that pool with a little bit of effort. There is also beautiful water going upstream from that bridge that is land locked by private property and I don't have access to. Typically it takes a week or two before some of them make their way down to the area behind my house.
  15. I can't say I dislike my work, the fact is I truly enjoy my day job most days anyway. I've also been fortunate to also work as a professional musician in rock bands on weekend for the past 35 years. But given a choice on a beautiful day I'd rather be fishing. Yesterday I was outside all day in rural Connecticut doing utility pole surveys. The pole line paralleled a nice little stream. At one point we crossed over it and from the small bridge I could see several small Brook trout looking back -mockingly. Hmph...
  16. On several occasions I've had dragon flys grab a a light brown colored soft hackle while it dangled off the end of my rod and try to carry it away. My Theory: Bugs eat other bugs. Flys look like bugs and probably smell or taste like food because of the natural materials they are made with. You look like food, you smell like food, you're coming with me-
  17. They are known as North Country Spiders in the UK, in the U.S. we tend to call them Soft Hackles. Pretty much the same thing. They are really effective because all those legs come alive and move in the water. Traditionally the body is silk thread, simple in their design but they can be tough to master.
  18. It's 48 degrees out with a forecast high of 58, the sun is shining and there is only a gentle breeze, an absolutely perfect day to be casting a line. But not for me because I'm stuck at my @#$% office watching another perfect fishing day slip away through a window. Earning a living is really starting to interfere with my fishing. For anyone out there who's also got the "work ethic" curse here's 4 minutes of sanity-
  19. Wow that's beautiful water! I also always have an eye out for hidden Brook Trout streams here in Central Mass. Most anglers won't spend the time or effort trying to locate cold high gradient streams to catch (and release) such a small fish but to me they are a jewel. Sadly as you know so much land here is posted. I used the Mass Wild Trout streams website and compare the streams they show holding wild brookies with Google Maps to find public access points. It's always a great day when I find one that's not plastered with "No trespassing, violators will be prosecuted signs".
  20. Not really, I would say at the closest approach it might be 30' but the majority of it is 50' and beyond. The path in the stream location is not smooth but full of ruts and exposed roots so they can't really go to fast. This is on Army Corps of Engineer/State property project and here in Massachusetts nothing gets approved without an environmental study.
  21. From the way Robert describes it it sounds like it is a hackle but with qualities like Marabou. He usually recommends specific substitutes to replace now illegal feathers but It sounds like he hasn't found one for the Brown Owl hackle.
  22. Would anyone like to share their stories of how they discovered a favorite or secret fishing spot? I have a nice free stone stream a 10 minute drive from my home that I fish at all year. Our state stocks it (Bows and Brookies) but It warms and I have never caught a trout in my usual holes past mid June. Still the water usually flows well through the summer and it's loaded with Fall Fish, River Herring, Gills and some foot long large mouths. All of which are really fun on a fly rod and I've had days when I've caught 40 of them in 4 hours. I fish it when I don't have the time to drive out to the cold water rivers in the area. I have fished from my put in spot to the small dam up stream and to a spot down stream at which point it becomes impassible at least for me. Over the years while at my tail gate getting geared up I have watched pick ups hauling dirt bikes pass by sometimes a dozen at a time. Saturday morning for the first time in 12 years one of them stopped and asked how the fishing was and if I had ever fished at the other end. Other end? He said the dirt bike trails were open to hikers and fishing. He told me of one trail that followed along side the river for a few hundred yards and that while riding he had always thought that it looked like great fishing. I knew where the parking for these trails was located but I didn't realize the trails run below the parking area down fairly close the the river. This is about 1500 yards down stream form the farthest point I had ever reached. So Saturday late afternoon my wife and I took the pooch for hike and did some exploring. When we arrived there were plenty of dirt bikes around. We hiked down one of the trails and came to the river just as the guy said. I know you must be thinking "I don't want to listen to dirt bikes when I'm fishing" but there are so many miles of trails there they actually pass by only rarely and when they do they are going slow. I fished the runs below over 3 hours on Sunday morning and I barely noticed them at all. Thanks to the kindness of a friendly stranger I now have hundreds if not thousands of yards of easily accessible new water to fish. Who knows I might even find a trout hold over pool.
  23. There is a traditional English fly called a "Brown Owl" that was actually tied with Hackle from a brown owl (now illegal).
  24. I had a good 3 hours on Saturday as well. They were hitting winged wets and soft hackles. I was fishing them upstream dead drift without and indicator other than a 4" piece of red amnesia tied into my leader. (Following Davie Wotton's techniques) I also caught 2 good sized Fall Fish and lost 2 reasonable sized "somethings". This rainbow came on a #10 Silver Invicta winged wet. Brook trout caught on a #10 March Brown winged wet- This one grabbed a Red Head Woodcock and Brown Soft Hackle.
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