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  Reply # 2078393 24-Aug-2018 11:38
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@grenow - fascinating. I have total hearing loss on right side, and swimmer's ear on the left which no EMT surgeon will touch do to the other side hearing loss. Have been thinking about hearing aids for a while but only the fancy ones that simulate both-side hearing - I believe your brain can learn to distinguish direction with these.

 

Very interested to hear how you get on with the buds, in particular in hearing aid mode. Also hoping there's an Android equivalent.

 

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In other words, what I am looking for is CROS technology where the aid/bud in the deaf ear has a microphone and can transmit across to the aid/bud in the left hear. Don't mind if it needs the phone to do the heacy lifting/signal processing as I'm welded to the damn thing anyway. 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CROS_hearing_aid

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2078398 24-Aug-2018 11:44
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kryptonjohn:

 

Very interested to hear how you get on with the buds, in particular in hearing aid mode. Also hoping there's an Android equivalent.

 

 

I don't know if the IQbuds will help with direction if you have total loss in one ear, but they certainly do have an Android app. My Apple-related links are only because that's the ecosystem I'm in... ;-)


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2078412 24-Aug-2018 11:55
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I see you can buy an individual Boost:

 

which is interesting as with no right side hearing and if no CROS technology there's no benefit in fitting one in my right ear? Not sure if you can operate just one?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2078422 24-Aug-2018 12:00
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Mine don't switch on until both earbuds are in place - so not sure whether or how you can make one work. You should probably ask them...


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  Reply # 2078680 24-Aug-2018 17:41
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I am not a Dr - but I'd be very very cautious about poking anything into an ear canal when you've got "swimmer's ear".  I'm just guessing that something like the devices above which plug the external canal could be asking for big trouble.  See a doctor/specialist.  Don't experiment blindly with devices as above (although those things look like they could be an excellent solution for other people's needs).

 

Yes - although you don't get stereo location with CROS aids, they still help with sound location and conversation.  My sister has them.  If the hearing loss in the bad ear is conductive (the inner ear works), there may be better solutions (BAHA - but expensive and requires surgery for implantation of an abutment).

 

 


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  Reply # 2078682 24-Aug-2018 17:47
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Fair point I'm overdue to see my ENT guy so will ask. As I recall the constriction is far enough down that it should be fine... He's always encouraged me to push in the shaped plastic plugs for swimming. Ear buds don't fit into the ear canal anyway do they?

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  Reply # 2078685 24-Aug-2018 18:06
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kryptonjohn: Fair point I'm overdue to see my ENT guy so will ask. As I recall the constriction is far enough down that it should be fine... He's always encouraged me to push in the shaped plastic plugs for swimming. Ear buds don't fit into the ear canal anyway do they?

 

 

Yeah they do - right in the old lughole.
He probably wants you to plug the lughole to stop water and pathogens getting in when swimming - but presumably that's not for long periods of time.  Plugging them for long periods of time is going to reduce airflow, keeping the inside of the lughole moist, damp, warm and stopping the hairs/lining from shedding/expelling stuff, so if there's something infected already in there, my guess is it's going to make things worse.


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  Reply # 2078697 24-Aug-2018 18:30
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Just on a general note, I read an article a while ago about the hearing aid business. How it is basically one of the last great monopolies where simple signal processors which really cost little to make are able to be marketed as medical devices in the multi-thousands of dollars.

Perhaps somewhat of a simplification but I would expect the later baby boomers, having grown up with technology, to wise up to this in the same way they have to the reading glass market.

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