I am 50 years old and I was born with hearing loss. I lived with it all my life. I never wanted a hearing aid. A few years back I got my hearing checked and was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss in both ears. The hearing center wanted to sell me two hearing aids and the cost was overwhelming. I took a pass. Three years later, my wife was getting very annoyed with my situation and asked me to please try a hearing aid. I searched the internet for hearing aids and pricing. I decided to try this unit based on the reviews and the decent return policy. I wasn't really sure it was going to work for me. It arrived in just a few days. It took probably five minutes to read the booklet, install the battery and put it in my ear. It has four settings, #2 is where I started. I immediately turned the TV volume from 30 to 18. I work as a utility lineman, the guy that keeps your lights on and works on the wires above your street. I can wear this with safety glasses and a hardhat. If I am working in a loud environment, I will usually not wear it, why make loud, annoying sounds even louder. So far, the only reason I had to remove it at work was being close to a jack hammer or chainsaw. I chose the outer ear model because the earpiece is ventilated, it's not like having your ear completely blocked, it breaths. Honestly, I do not know I'm wearing it. If you have hearing loss in both ears, get two of them. I only have one for now but I will be getting the other one soon. It's not a sales pitch, with only one, I am only hearing on one side, I have the volume louder than it needs to be to compensate and sometimes I don't know where a sound is coming from. My hearing loss is pretty flat meaning, I am not missing any particular frequency, I hear everything but it is attenuated. This hearing aid works fine for me and people's voices are louder and clearer. I understand that there are more complicated units that can be customized for different people's hearing loss. They cost substantially more than this unit. At my initial consultation, I was looking at units that started at roughly $1000 each. They didn't have any test models that worked. There was no way I was going to part with $2000 at the time. I work with 18 other guys, I have short hair and only one guy noticed I was wearing the hearing aid for the first week I had it. I am not missing conversations, jokes, etc. any more. I should have done this a long time ago. The volume button is a great feature and EZ to operate, I would not want to have to try to turn a tiny little knob to make adjustments. I got almost two weeks out of my first battery. It is EZ to change. Last thing. The little tube felt like it could have been a little longer for my anatomy. I called customer service and received a new tube promptly and at no additional cost. I think these people have made a great, affordable product and they stand behind it. Imagine taking the word "what" out of your vocabulary.
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