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Old 07-26-2023, 09:10 AM
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Sorry for bumping this super old thread, but I've recently started experiencing tinnitus. My audiologist recommends wearing hearing aids. To be honest, it was a shock for me as I thought I'd never need these devices, at least till I turn 70 (like my grandfather). But here I am.
Time passed, and I wonder whether there appeared any other solutions for tinnitus.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-26-2023, 12:03 PM
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I have had tinnitus for years and have worn hearing aids for years. There is no cure for tinnitus, don't be taken in for the adds for a solution they are nonsense. I do not wear my hearing aids when I hunt and I can hear critters in the leaves and bitds pecking on the trees because my hearing loss is the higher frequencies so I don't need hearing aids to hunt. If you decide to get hearing aids, do not buy cheap ones, get good ones
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Old 08-10-2023, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by barefoot
Like so many others , I have a little trouble hearing (tinnitus - my ears ring 24-7). A couple of years ago, I bought a Walker's Game Ear II. It works great, but having only ONE Game Ear, leaves me with no sense of direction. I've been thinking about buying a second one, but when I started looking at the options, I see where Walkers (and others) have really improved their muff-type hearing enhancers.

My question to you is... What do you think are the Pros and Cons of each type of hearing enhancer -- the over-the-ear muff or the behind-the-ear aid?
You need to consult a good independent audiologist. He will test your hearing and, depending on the problems identified, will most likely recommend the best digital hearing aid. If you turn to a specialist specifically in sports hearing aids, he will also select a device for you, but keep in mind that “sports” is a purely marketing prefix here, in terms of functionality it practically does not differ from non-sports, but at a price, ooh dude, for a prefix "sports" and external tuning you will overpay solidly!
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Old 09-07-2023, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by barefoot
I've been to a specialist. My hearing is great across the board except for a little dip at the frequency of the ringing. I don't have hearing loss, I have tinnitus. My ears ring constantly. I can hear 'em gobble, but the ringing interferes with the little sounds. But that's sound advice for those who have hearing loss.

I can get a set of muffs that are contoured so as NOT to interfere with cheeking a shotgun for the same price as a single WGE. They have individual volume and frequency tuning built in just like the GE's.

I guess the pros for the muffs are:
1. they are self contained
2. They are half the price of a PAIR of GE's.

The cons are :
1. they will get hot on a warm day
2. they use an expensive 4.5 volt photo battery (widely available)
3. they will interfere with wearing a "half mask" face mask.
4. they will pinch eyeglasses between your ear and head.
5. they will interfere with wearing a cap
6. they are bulky
7. if one side goes out, you have to send the whole thing in for repairs

The pros for the Game Ear are:
1. they are light and compact
2. volume and frequency can be controled in each unit
3. they don't interfere with masks, caps, or eyeglasses.
4. if one goes out, you still have a working unit while it is being repaired

the cons are:
1. they are more expensive
2. they are so small and light that they are easily lost or dropped and stepped on.
3. you just about have to go to a pharmacy to find the #13 hearing aid batteries.

Can ya'll think of anything else to add to any of the lists?
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