Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Huntington Beach, California
For about 6 years I worked in a factory environment bring up new mainframe computers. That was 1965 to 1971. Somewhere about 1971 I discovered Lee's Sonic Ear Valves, a.k.a. Shooters Ear Plugs. After one midnight shift of wearing them and coming home to a quiet house, I realized their value. The ear plugs became a part of my body and life from then on.
I would wear the ear plugs in the shop also. Especially when running the Craftsman shop vac.
Around 1986 or so and at the advice of the doctor I got hearing aids. While getting fitted for hearing aids it was suggested that I use ear muffs in the shop but the ear valves would probably be ok for occasional computer room work. It was also explained the need to protect from bone conduction in addition to through the air and that muffs were best.
In the shop today, I wear Peltor Optime 105. I have a second set for when I was in the shop at the community college. Supposed to be 30 db Noise Reduction.
While we are talking about ear muffs.
DO NOT USE EAR MUFFS WITH MUSIC OR RADIO.
What happens with the music is that you turn it up to overcome any residual sound that enters the ear muff. The purpose of the ear muff is to protect years from loud sounds and music in the ear muff is a loud sound. Don't believe me? Wear your music ear muffs in the shop. Wear them and go into a quiet house. Can the volume level be lowered and still be heard? The higher volume is damaging your hearing.
What I have discovered as the place to buy hearing aids.
The first set were $8000.
The second were $4500 through an agent associated with Kaiser.
The latest and a few in between were $1500, to maybe $1700 at Costco.
Yes, technology has gotten better and cheaper, however where you buy them is important also. The technology changes every 3 to 5 years. With each change of technology, the area within the audio spectrum that can be fine tuned gets narrower with more areas that can be fine tuned. It is not so much as sticking an audio amplifier in your ear but putting a series of finely tuned amplifiers in your ear.
The latest sets was purchased at Costco. There is a difference in the level of competency of any of the dispensing agents. The difference at Costco is that there are no commissions for the dispensing personnel. At Costco you get what is best for you and your hearing loss and NOT what offers the best commission. Hearing tests are free and included. I've known my audiologist for about 25 years. Compared to the others that I've experienced, she the best.
Just a dumb old paper boy from Brooklyn, NY