Based on 5 User Reviews
My hearing loss seems pretty standard, i.e. volume is ok-ish, but clarity is not. I have just test run the latest Siemens Binax aids for 4 days.
They were generally much better than my NHS aids, i.e. listening to TV, conversions at home, in the car and on the phone. I think the improvement experienced here is down to the fidelity of the sound as much as anything else. There seems to be more texture to the voices. But they failed to live up to Siemens' hype in suppressing background noise in more demanding situations, which is where they make their astonishing claims for them. I was prepared to pay the £3000 or so, if they could bring me back into conversations with friends in the pub, where I was wont to drop out when it got busy, which is pretty often. They were a little better than the NHS aids when there was just a general hub-hub of conversation going on around us, but as soon as it got busier, it was pretty much the same old story. All sound was elevated to the point that when I removed the aids, I could hear people close to me better than with them. The individual voices seemed more distinct (Possible due to the improved fidelity), but with little or no suppression of their volume. Siemens are not alone in making their claims, it is pretty much endemic in this industry, where I think there is more performance talked about than is delivered.
If you want a better hearing experience you've just got to deal with these people, but forget the hype and let your ears make the judgement. Insist on a trial run of at least 3-5 days. If they do not agree to this, go elsewhere. If you do then buy, insist on a written, guaranteed, no quibble, money-back period of 90days. Get these points agreed BEFORE agreeing to them testing your hearing. Competition in this market is hotting-up, so don't forget you are in the driving seat. Get at least two potential suppliers on your case, treat them equally, compare them fairly and make your choice. And if, for any reason, any say you need to make up your mind before such and such a date, treat it with a pinch of salt. Point out to them that on that date they will no longer be competitive and you will make your mind up in your own good time. They are unlikely to turn down an order after their self-imposed deadline.
I ordered a pair of Siemens Binax 5bx, a battery charger and the easyTek streaming device to connect my smartphone to the hearing devices. I did lots of research based on my condition and my day to day life to narrow down to this device. I got fitted today and the Siemens rep was also present to in-service the team- they really took the time to make sure that I was 100% comfortable with the various levels of sound and did the same when hooking my phone to the streamer to make sure that the devices would deliver the right level of sound using live calls.
I had Phonak MicroSavia that are 10 years old and did not use them regularly due to their limitations. The new technology is totally incredible and it feels like I have normal hearing, a sensation I did not experience for at least 30+ years. The sound is crisp, no feedback and the devices adjust constantly to the changing environment and I can adjust manually with the app on my phone.
I tried ITE (in the ear). Hated them. Also, along with other problems in life, changing two batteries every week was a REAL pain. So I went to Siemens Binax 5 BTE (behind the ear) with a size 13 battery, which will last 14-15 days. I also have Telecoil programmed in for theater visits. But after 20 years of wearing hearing aids and more experience than most, I can honestly say, there is NOT a contraption out there that will give me back my original hearing. Thee are great ones and there are poor cheap things but we are blessed in this day and age that we have help at all.
I have a typical high frequency hearing loss. I am in meetings and conferences quite frequently so need good hearing aids but couldn't spend a fortune. Started out with the binax 3, would not recommend. In noise, was impossible to distinguish any recognizable speech. I tried these 5's in the store and walked outside to hear traffic and could tell right away it would be a huge improvement. While I'm sure a jump to the higher level would be best for me, I am mostly satisfied with these for the value and price.
I love my new hearing aids! They are light years ahead of my previous pair. The best thing about them is that I can be in any crowded room and still hear the people closest to me! They are also so easy to inset and remove. They are super easy to adjust to different environments, but do not have too many choices. I can make the volume work in any situation. And my children are thrilled that I know longer say "what?” when they speak to me.
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