Siemens Pure and MiniTek Review
The following user review was submitted by Kate Chambers, a reader of our blog who has worn hearing aids for the past 4 years. You can view pricing for the Siemens Pure here. I suspected I had a slight hearing loss for two years before I was first tested in April of 2011. I became more concerned in the months prior because I was having trouble hearing some words or phrases in conversation, and my responses were not appropriate. That was very embarrassing; I didn’t think people at my age commonly had hearing loss.
I scheduled a hearing exam with a local audiologist who a friend referred me to. I was surprised to find out I had a moderate hearing loss in both ears. After discussing a few different options for treatment, my audiologist recommended the Siemens Pure hearing aids based on my lifestyle and degree of hearing loss. They were also small, and not easily seen.
I’ve been using my Pure hearing aids for almost four years and can honestly say they’ve been life-changing. In the workplace, I no longer have to position myself at the center of a conference table in order to hear the speaker, or ask co-workers to repeat something they just said. A year ago my company transitioned to an open environment for all. I didn’t have an office anymore, which presented new challenges. I could no longer close my door and use the speakerphone for hands-free conversation. Use of an over-the-ear device or a full headset would require me to remove my hearing aids – not an option.
My problem was solved when I purchased the miniTek streamer. That combined with my Bluetooth®-enabled office phone (or my cell phone) enabled me to hear the caller and respond, without disturbing my co-workers or being overheard. It was the perfect solution! An unexpected benefit is the quiet beep in my ear that no one else can hear, reminding me of meetings on my calendar, incoming calls, or receipt of a text message on my cell phone. The miniTek keeps me organized and enables me to discreetly engage in an open business environment.
I use my miniTek to stream from my laptop at work. This enables me to stream the audio for online webinars, and also use Office Communicator for meetings with employees in offices overseas. Of course, the fact that it can also stream sound from my television at home adds to my relaxation after a busy day in the office. I only wish I had gotten this 10 years ago! The technology is incredible, and the results immeasurable. It has been worth every penny!
Addressing my hearing loss has been one of the smartest decisions I ever made. Before wearing hearing aids, I missed a great deal in conversations unless they were one-on-one in a quiet environment. When I would miss a few words, I would ask once or twice to have something repeated, but often still didn’t understand, and was embarrassed to ask again. Frequently, I could no longer actively participate in conversations, which is isolating. When watching television, some shows with heavy dialogue were impossible to watch without rewinding several times at higher volume to understand what was being said. And of course, my family hated the standard high volume needed for me to hear any TV shows.
Contact with people both at work, and at home, is required fuel for my soul. My hearing impairment affected my ability to communicate and engage. Problem solved with hearing aids.
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