Found this on Instapundit – some of the Apple AirPods can function as emergency hearing aids (for example, I’ve been in situations where my hearing aids ran out of juice, and needed to be recharged). For those not willing to shell out $1200 – $2500 for the real deal, this might be a useful compromise to be able to use your phone to handle essential business.
I am a hearing aid customer; I’ve worn them now for 13 years. The prices are dropping and the technology is becoming more feature-rich every year. But, don’t wait for “the best” – most hearing aids last between 8-12 years, and will need replaced. If you amortize that, it’s about $100 – $150 a year – well within most people’s budget.
I’m a hearing aid evangelist – I spent about 15 years trying to cope with declining hearing, before my husband nudged me into a Miracle Ear office. The difference was so dramatic that I was immediately sold. My son-in-law recently received his first pair, and was thrilled at the improvement.
That’s one reason to look at a Medicare Advantage plan – many of them have ancilliary benefits that cover all or part of the cost. Talk to your agent to see if there is a plan for you that will provide this benefit.
Yayyy! But will my wife turn the damned TV down?
There are actually over the counter hearing assists that will bluetooth with your TVs. Generally have to be a ‘smart TV’ – Fire, Roku, internet-capable.
I learned about this at a large off-site planning meeting, where the noise of multiple tables of engineers gabbing in a hotel ballroom made it hard for me to hear what was going on at our own team’s table. One of my teammates loaned me his AirPods and told me about the hearing feature. It prompted me to buy my first set of them once I got back home. Now I have AirPods Pro, which are marvelously useful.