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Old 07-11-20, 07:47 AM
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Finally got hearing aids from the VA yesterday.

I'm really surprised at how much I can hear now - stuff I completely forgot about!.

I'm sure I need to go back for some adjustments, but it sure is nice!
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Old 07-11-20, 11:24 AM
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Noticed you're not typing in all caps!! Sorry, that was too easy to pass up. I know hearing loss is not funny, some family members went thru it. Glad the aids have helped ya, now the ride has even more to offer!
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Old 07-11-20, 11:41 AM
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I've been using HAs for 10 years. I remember exactly the same response. Hearing loss is usually so gradual that HAs are real revelations.

You may find that you don't need much in the way of adjustment. The new technologies are really amazing.

I had Phonaks for 5 years ... I wanted them because they sponsored a bike team, and then i wanted to dump them, because they stopped sponsoring a team.
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Old 07-11-20, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Finally got hearing aids from the VA yesterday.

I'm really surprised at how much I can hear now - stuff I completely forgot about!.

I'm sure I need to go back for some adjustments, but it sure is nice!
Is there a problem with wind noise on the bike?
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Old 07-11-20, 07:02 PM
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With mine YES! It's like riding in a car with the window just slightly down. The only way I can think of to stop that wind noises is to either have something mounted on a helmet strap and positioned in front of the ear to divert the wind away from the microphone pickup, or to wear a fabric band over the hearing aides. Oh, my hearing aids fit inside the ear but are not the small ones that go all t he way into the ear canal.

In winter, a pair of ear muffs over the ears blocks the wind but allows my hearing aids to function.

Be VERY careful riding with in the ear hearing aids as they can work loose and fall out. I had a pair that had to plastic cords attached to nylon loops on the hearing aids. One cord ran behind my neck and the other ran in front of my neck. One day one of the nylon loops on a hearing aid let go and the hearing aids fell off. I had them dangling by those cords because when they were in my ears I couldn't hear anything due to the wind noise. I was lucky in that after retracing my 80 kilometres route three times i found the hearing aids but they were broken. Fortunately the remains of one showed that the nylon loop had lets go - at least the manufacture said it had - and they replaced the hearing aids gratis.

I recommend that if your hearing aids are NOT in the ear canal ones but are in the ear ones, that you keep them in a hard case when riding so that they can't fall off your body.

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Old 07-11-20, 07:10 PM
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The only way I can think of to stop that wind noises is to either have something mounted on a helmet strap and positioned in front of the ear to divert the wind away from the microphone pickup,
https://www.cat-ears.com/
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Old 07-11-20, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by August West View Post
Those just might work with hearing aids. I think I'll give them a try.

Thanks and cheers
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Old 07-12-20, 04:28 PM
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Glad to see cat ears, I was making my own for years, so if these now available cat ears actually touch your cheek as my home-made ones did, they will definitely cut the wind noise. Take care to orient them on the helmet strap according to your normal head angle so that the device is more or less vertical and facing the wind directly.

here is a past post about DIY noise blockers, with some pictures that are not partially blocked as part of the photobucket thing. What are the best earbuds for BLOCKING wind noise?
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Old 07-13-20, 05:07 PM
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Is there a problem with wind noise on the bike?
I have not been in any really windy conditions, as it's been pretty hot and still around here. Considering only a 15 MPH wind, it has not been an issue yet.

It sure is nice to be able to hear my riding partner.......................
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Old 07-13-20, 05:42 PM
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I asked because that would be the main reason I would want them, especially the right ear. When someone is on my right I have trouble hearing them and of course it's worse at speed.
Mrs John says I need help hearing around the house, too.
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Old 07-14-20, 01:14 PM
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I asked because that would be the main reason I would want them, especially the right ear. When someone is on my right I have trouble hearing them and of course it's worse at speed.
Mrs John says I need help hearing around the house, too.
A little windier today, and yes, there is a LITTLE wind noise. It's not unbearable, and not constant.

Getting these hearing aids is one of the best things I have done..... I can hear so much more now!

If you need them, do it sooner, rather than later. You will thank yourself!
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Old 07-15-20, 01:54 PM
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My brother's wife has a number of hearing-impaired relatives, and the whole family is pretty good at ASL, which they really enjoy using in a crowded, noisy environments that challenge even those of us with normal hearing.

I have walked a very short distance in your shoes, because my ear canals are veritable wax museums, and I have suffered moderate hearing loss from time to time, making conversation very difficult. Hearing loss is a challenge.
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Old 07-15-20, 06:46 PM
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Cycling or motorcycling, I wear Howard Leight foam earplugs.
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I’ve worn HA’s for years, but not while riding. The HA center gave me a set of GoreTex covers (over the ear model) that are supposed to protect them from sweat, but I find them bulky and uncomfortable. My loss is voice range and I can hear cars and low frequencies OK, so don’t mind not wearing them. Of course it’s kind of useless trying to have a conversation with me unless your 3 feet away......
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I use cat ears, and like them. They make a noticeable difference, but certainly don't eliminate noise. I don't find they do enough when I wear my hearing aids, so I keep the HA in a case in my bag while riding. My biggest issue is I normally sweat while riding, and with my hair I get significant sounds from wet hair hitting the HA.
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I have some high frequency hearing loss but can still hear pretty well overall. Surprising considering all the exposure to firearms and munitions training in service years ago, and way too much loud music.

I tried some Cat-Ears too, the largest fluffiest ones. They cut down the wind noise a little, but it's pretty subtle. I had to pull the Cat-Ear away from my ear while riding to realize it really was cutting down some of the wind noise. A full ear cover would be much more effective -- I wear those in winter and it really cuts down the wind noise while I can still hear traffic and ambient sounds.

Ear plugs give me ear aches and headaches if I wear them too long, even soft cotton balls. For shooting and industrial environments (I was a safety inspector before retiring) I had to wear ear muffs.
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I used to have the in-ear hearing aids, they were much less susceptible to wind noise distraction.
Now that I've switched to external Phonak hearing aids, I've found that the only way to reduce that annoying wind noise (like a bad video on a windy day) is to wear a light cap covering them under my helmet. Being able to re-charge the batteries is nice though and the behind-the-ear external ones seem more durable.

I will look into a set of Cat Ears, thanks for the tip, August West
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Dealing with tinnitus right now..seems to causing a bit of hearing loss in my left ear
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Old 07-27-20, 11:15 AM
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Dealing with tinnitus right now..seems to causing a bit of hearing loss in my left ear
Get yourself to a hearing specialist, the VA if possible, and get yourself fixed up. You will thank yourself later!
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Tinnitus sucks. Get it checked.
It's been the first thing I hear in the morning and the last thing I hear before I fall asleep sine 1999.
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My tinnitus is basically cured with my hearing aids... The AUd says it is one of the body's ways of coping with k of hearing. Creating it's own noise to hear something.
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Going for a hearing test for Tinnitus and possible acoustic neuroma
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