Six Months of Hearing Aids


Well it’s been about six months now since I got these new beauties and on balance I would say the experience has been positive – once I recovered from sticker shock and went through the stoic acceptance of advancing age.

Maybe I could go over the positives and negatives just in case you are heading down the same road as I am.


  • Comfort – The Receiver in Canal model is far more comfortable than the older fitted in the canal model I used for a decade in my “bad” ear. There is still a bit of beans in the ears feeling but it is far less annoying now. Some times I can actually forget I’m wearing the RIC units.
  • They work – I used to have the TV blaring – at least according to Maria – and now I can turn it down and still hear dialog. I’m picking up a lot more actual conversation too.
  • Music – it sounds the way it did in my 20s now – I can actually hear the ring of acoustic guitars and the electric guitar solos aren’t muffled. A string orchestra sounds normal – no attenuated violins.
  • Hearing loops – the hearing aids have a second program that helps with phone conversations and in places (like a church) if they have a hearing loop installed.


  • Cost – oh sure I can afford it, but it’s like buying two MacBook Air notebooks and then some. I know there are cheaper places like Costco to buy these gadgets but I am not sure if you get the same quality – for sure you don’t get the same personalized service. I’ve had a couple of appointments since I got the hearing aids to check and adjust the volume where needed. I am told I can write off some of the expense on my tax return this year. We’ll see.
    On the other hand, Costco type 312 batteries are cheap and very good so I do buy them there whenever I need to.
  • Noise – it’s getting better but I still hear a lot of humming and thrumming from electric motors, computer hard drives, lawnmowers, snowblowers, etc. As well women’s and kids’ voices are definitely amplified. It can get painful if 3-4 kids are yelling at once.
  • Reverberation – places that are “live” like a church or other stone walled building have a lot of reverb – I hope for a hearing loop so I can switch over and still hear spoken announcements well – of course that means I don’t hear local conversation very well.
  • Doesn’t solve all your problems – I went for the mid grade unit which helps a bit in restaurants and multi-person environments but I still get distracted by crashing dishes and other ambient noise. You will still have to focus on the person you want to hear.
  • Wax occlusion and rebooting – I still have issues where one hearing aid is working and the other one is “dead.” Usually I have to reboot the hearing aid by opening and closing the battery door, or is all else fails I replace the wax filter in the receiver.

As I said above, positives outweigh the negatives, and the greatest positive is getting back in touch with people and music. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.





Published by Ray MacDonald

Ray MacDonald is a retired food scientist who lives in Almonte, ON.
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