programmable hearing aids

porchikj at pilot.msu.edu porchikj at pilot.msu.edu
Sat Dec 21 16:51:10 EST 1996


Please e-mail me (please don't post only) opinions on the resound programmable
hearing aids and any
other equivalent products on the market.  I'm particularly concerned about
the ability of resound's technology to deliver its promises concerning the
proper relationships between different sounds.  Their brochure claims that
the hearing aid controls that volume of different sounds to give the amplified
sound similar qualities to undamaged hearing.  I'm also curious about how
these hearing aids respond to very loud sounds--do they transmit the sound
as is (causing pain!) or do they "compress" the sound, i.e. attenuate the
extreme volume.
Also is their less expensive alternative that offers similar performance?
Somebody posted that they were very happy with a $800 dollar Siemens model.
The audiologist that recommended the resound quoted a price of $3000 per
pair; is this a fair price?

James Porchik
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