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Personal amplifiers

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by collegemiss (U14121497) on Wednesday, 8th June 2011

    Can I have some feedback on personal amplifiers? The choice is wide and confusing. I need more help than my hearing aids provide.

    My hearing loss is over 80db and there are many situations where I am not
    coping.
    e.g. when the speaker is softly spoken: if I am in a car, in a hall or
    church, with a group around a dining table; at a meeting, if a DVD has no
    captions,
    if a speaker is more than 5 feet away, somebody has a dialect; TV without
    subtitles etc.

    Is there one device that will help? We are going on holiday and there will
    be a tour guide. Normally I have to push to the front but that is not always
    possible. Yes I tell them I am deaf but two minutes later they have forgotten.

    Is the FM genie for me? Also have looked at Sonido Contego and a CM1- I dont really understand the technical details.

    Me 2 hearing aids are phonak savia Art.

    I really need something reliable easy to operate, not too bulky, that makes sound louder and clearer.
    I dread buying the wrong gadget as they are not cheap for the good ones.

    advice please

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    Posted by AndyfromCornwall (U14342750) on Thursday, 9th June 2011

    You really need professional advice about all this because it is very technical. We can't really diagnose by email!
    80dB is certainly a severe loss of hearing so you need to look at the most powerful types of amplification. Some of them don't do much except clarify the sound through an earpiece while others offer the full microprocessor experience but at ridiculously high prices. The reason for the high cost is that the equipment is specialised and they only get a low volume of sales. So this stuff does cost a lot.

    Therefore it's going to cost you something like £1000 to get kitted out with an FM Genie which admittedly is the top listening device, but it might not be the right one for you!

    Both RNID and Connevans can advise on the best way to solve your problem and you will probably get to try some equipment before you buy. That's always the best move.

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    Posted by djchur (U13916790) on Sunday, 12th June 2011

    I have a Phonak Smartlink which helps in the situations you described. I got mine through Disabled Students Allowance at university. If you are still at college or uni maybe you could look into whether any assistance towards cost could be provided, otherwise it costs over £1000. As previously suggested, you probably need some professional advice about this issue.

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    Posted by ilovepink (U14315242) on Sunday, 12th June 2011

    Depends where you live SS give them on loan.

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