Hearing Aid Users' Group
(affiliated with Athens Village)
Webmaster and Group Leader: Richard Dean (email@example.com)
last updated: May 4, 2017
Web address of this location:
Note from the webmaster/Group
Coordinator: The information here is selected for my anticipation
of the needs and interests of group members and site visitors. It
will change frequently so always note the date at the top of the page
indicating the last update. Also, I would appreciate feedback via email on your
interests, difficulties understanding content, errors and/or
difficulties navigating the website. RDNote 1:
The Hearing Aid Users' Group meets each 2nd Monday of the month at 2 PM
at The Athens Village Office, 94 Columbus Rd., Athens, OH. Meetings are
open to all interested persons.
Note 2: A presentation on the new Cochlear Hybrid is scheduled
for Monday, May 10 at 2-3 PM in the ACEnet Conference Rm, 94 Columbus
Rd, Athens, OH. Enter through the Red Shirt Design business. It
will be a
presentation by Rebecca Meier, Aud, CCC-A, FAAA.
Rebecca is an Ohio University audiologist who has worked with
deaf children who use the original cochlear implant. Greg White is the
engagement manager for Cochlear hybrid, the device which is the subject
of this presentation. NOTE: this device is
a relative new device that is a combination of a hearing aid and a
cochlear implant. It is basically a medical device that is for
experienced hearing aid users whose hearing has declined in the high
frequencies to the extent that their hearing aids no longer are
as effective in serving their amplification needs.
Purpose of this Group:
Hearing Aid Users' Group helps current and actual hearing aid users
better understand hearing loss and hearing aids. Group interests
dictate the topics discussed. Attendance varies so this website
was established to post appropriate helpful information for those
irregular in attendance.
Email your questions to Richard
Dean, group facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been a hearing aid user for over 6 years. I am also a
retired professor from the School of Hearing and Speech Sciences (now
the Communicattion Sciences and Disorders Division of the School of
Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences). My training and
experiences have provided an background in hearing disorders and their
rehabilitation although I have not been a practicing audiologist.
With this background and having experienced both moderate hearing loss
and the acquired problems that occur when wearing hearing aids, I have
spent a great deal of time learning about the problems acquired by a
hearing aid user, namely, the interference of noice and reverberations
with already decreased hearing acuity.
Although significant hearing loss can occur at any
age, the majority of hearing aid users are older, lots of senior
citizens. It is fairly clear that most persons, both with normal
and disordered hearing, do not understand hearing loss nor how to cope
with it or how to be of assistance to those with disordered
hearing. Most persons who are hearing aid users do not fully
understand their hearings aids or their features. Research has
shown that most hearing aids are abandoned in 4-5 years due to
dissatisfaction. Hearing aids, unlike eye glasses, will not restore
hearing - at best only improve it.
The main reason I created this group was to increase
knowledge of hearing aids, primarily their unused features, hearing
loss, and how to increase satisfaction by pointing out ways to deal
with noise. The problem of noise can be dealt with, to a degree,
by knowing how to use hearing aid features such at telecoil settings,
assisted listening systems frequently available in auditoriums and
knowing where to sit in rooms, restaurants and in large group
meetings. A secondary purpose is to provide knowledge regarding
hearing aids and their providers to potential users who are currently
My experiences with this group, now over 4 years old, is
that participants attend as necessary for advise on specific needs and
This website was created as a convient source of basic information on
hearing loss, hearing aid features and new developments in technology
that will be of interest to some. The information is categorized
and provides links to Internet information sources when clicked.
I hope to keep it current by frequent addition of recent information
that I encounter. New information will be highlighed with
asterichs (***) for a short period. Suggest you return frequently
for updates. Note the date
last updated at the top of this page to know if new
information has been added since your last vist to this site.
***About Commonly Advertised Aids on Internet, in magazines, etc. There
are a number of sources for aids that are less than half the prrice of
those commonly fitted and dispensed by audiologists. Generally, you
must be aware of common problems with buying them.
The are not fitted by an experienced professional and are designed for
the most common age-related loss. Limited adjustments can be made
by the user following provided instructions. I've heard that the
guarantee for return of money if dissatisfied is not reliable. To get a
refund requires persistence; a friend had much difficulty gaining a
refund. There is no one to turn to for guidance, assistance or repair.
***In the last year I have purchased a devise called a 'Mini
Mike'. It is a transmitter of audio from a sound source to which you
attach it or from the device itself when clipped to a person
speaking. Its invaluable in choir rehearsal where I sit farthest
from the director in a terrible acoustic enironment. I hear her and the
members in front rows VERY well. I also use it with our TV at
home where I can independently control volume and listen through my
aids. The friend described in the next paragraph also uses and
charishes a 'mini mike'.
Lower Cost Aid Sources where aids are fit onsite by experienced personnel: Costco and Sam's Club.
Costco: I have learned from a good friend and neighbor details about hearing aids from Costco. Costco
is a membership warehouse club selling a wide variety of merchandise
similar to Sam's Club. They market hearing aids at a very reasonable
cost that are fitted by a licenced hearing aid dispenser, not an
audiologist. See attached link for discussion of comparison of Costco
dispensed and audiologist dispensed aids. Also, there are about six
major aid suppliers used by Costco; however, the selected products are
less sophisticated options.
just realized that there are two warehouses in Columbus with such
services. Here is what my friend shared with me about his
The hearing aid I purchased was the
Costco brand (Kirkwood), but I believe it is the Resound brand of
mini-behind the ear style. It does help me in most situations
with less benefit in a restaurant or other noisy environment, but I do
have a remote that allows me to raise the volume and also access a
program for noisy environments. I did not try other hearing aids,
which may be better, but the cost swayed me ($1900 a pair). I
actually got the Costco membership to be able to buy these aids.
The guarantee with them is also very good.
Information from friend re: wife's new aids and internet searching.
Sam's Club (in Chillicothe) sells lower cost aids:
One category is ordered via email and shipped to one's home. They are
similar to other low cost aids that have limited self adjustment. The
other category is ordered at the store on the basis of a hearing test
and fit by a trained dispensor similar to a hearing aid dealer. Costs
are considerably higher but the products are apparently serviced at the
*** Cochlear Hybrid - In
the past year I've learned about a relative new device combining
the features of a hearing (for low frequency enhancement) and a
cochlear implant (for high frequency enhancement). It has been most
used by those experienced hearing aid users who no longer get
much hearing improvement from their aids. It is considered a
medical device and for some who qualify based on the nature of their
hearing loss are paid for by medicare. There is a chapter of users in
Columbus who meet monthly at a hardware store. We also have an
audiologist well versed in cochlear implants who is willing to speak to
our group and bring an OU graduate who works for the manufacturer of
this hybrid device. I think most of the group I'm associated do
not have a loss sufficient to elimnate costs. Using the device does
require surgery. The link below describes the cochlear hybrid.
Eargo - new all in the ear aid. This is a new
product advertised and sold via the Internet. It is less
expensive than most hearing aids sold via conventiional audiologists at
local hearing aid outlets. It is one of the few that will install
your hearing loss characterists from a recent audiogram that you
provide for the additonal cost of $500. - http://www.eargo.com
Types of Hearing Loss
This site offers a short description of the three most common types of
hearing loss. The type that characterizes most readers coming to
this site will be sensorineural with an occasional mixed loss.
Assistance with Hearing Aid and Hearing Loss problems (tinnitus is one problem mentioned)
The Hearing Loss Center and Hearing Aid Museum http://hearinglosshelp.com
Buying Guide: Emphasis Low Cost (Check)
See Costco above.
The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid
This link is a published article that talks realistically
about hearing aid costs. At the top of the article is a picture
of a Costco warehouse outlet (like Sam's Club). These sites have an
audiologist on site that fits and services aids. This outlet is
provides about the least expensive sources of 'locally purchased and
serviced' aids. A retired OU professor friend of mine just
informed me of two locations in Columbus. He purchased two aids for a
VERY resonable price; I think these products are competitive in quality
with most local hearing clinics.
Hearing Aid Buying Guide â€“ Consumer Reports
Hearing Choices (Features available in aids)
Hearing Aid Settings (Programs) for Different Environments
About T-Coil/Telecoil Feature
Guidelines for Hearing Aid Fitting for Adults
Why My Hearing aids are in the Drawer--Dissatisfaction
How to Reverse Hearing Loss (the Amish Way) video by Sam Miller
Theaters Pledge to Improve Movie Access for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired
Aging with Your Hearing Aids
The Athens Village:
Webpage: www.theathensvillage.org You can find copies of
current and past newsletters to help you understand the this group and
Office Staff and Phone
94 Columbus Rd. Bldg B, Athens, OH 45701