I think I have tried out almost all of the online purchase, preset hearing devices on the market at this stage of the game, and these Simplicity Hi Fi 270 are the best that I have come across so far. For my ears anyway!
I started out 2 years ago with the $600 a pair, MD hearing aids, and then returned them before the end of their 45 day trial period, as I found the Able Planet company, in ear hearing aids, (shipped to my door for $954) to be better. Even better than the Walmart Simplicity Smart Touch hearing aids, which I also tried and returned to my local Walmart store, for my refund.
I also tried the Wamart in ear ones, Terrible! Don't even bother with those.
I was trucking along with the afore mentioned Able Planet hearing aids for 8 months and impressed with the sound quality. They work by tapping your ears twice to change the settings from 1 thru 4. The problem with this, I found was that when closing my car door from inside the car, or driving with the window open, they would change settings by themselves. Also when in a loud music enviornment like a bar, the base or drums would also change the settings on them.
I got these Hi Fi 270's shipped out to me just 2 weeks ago, and I've been wearing them ever since in place of the Able Planet ones, which now sit in a drawer at home as spares, as it is now too late to get a refund for them.
Just before I ordered these Hi Fi 270's, I went to Costco's and did a free in store trial of their, much more expensive stuff (over $2000 a pair), which they program for you in the store, but found them not even as good as the Able Planet ones which I was then using.
To conclude my review, and I hope it is not getting too confusing, I feel that these Hi Fi 270's for $954, are as good as it's going to get for me, even if I were to go out there and give $6000 or more to an audioligist.
I like the volume controls turning knobs, which allow me to adjust the volumes independantly, and they can be turned up louder than any of my previous sets. The origional size 10 batteries are still going strong, even after 2 weeks!! which makes me feel that I was correct in not going for the bulkyier looking 270 EP's with the bigger size 13 batteries.
As well as appreciating music again with these units, I can still hear people speaking more clearly, than with all the others I have used.
Thank you GHI (General Hearing Instruments) and Walmart respectively, for the best product and a great service.
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