I understand why our grandmothers concocted lots of excuses, but we shouldn’t have a single reason for not wearing them! Hearing aids may have been unsightly and obtrusive 50 years ago, but they’re anything but today. Plus, if you still think they cost more than a luxury cruise on the Mediterranean, you’re mistaken!
Now we can buy appealingly small and absolutely first-rate hearing aids for the price of prescription eye glasses. Even better, these little gems, called EVA by iHear, are exclusively made for women, who lose more hearing in the lower and mid frequencies than men.
I’ve been wearing my new EVAs for about six weeks, and they put my previous extremely expensive hearing aids to shame. They’re smaller, so they’re not noticeable, even though my hair is shorter. They fit more securely, so I don’t have to worry about losing them (I’ve lost at least two hearing aids over the years). They come with an assortment of standard and vented tips in various sizes, so I could choose those that fit most comfortably in my ears. They’re adjustable, so I can turn them down or up. That wasn’t an option with my $6,000 hearing aids.
And EVA costs $399 each. I pay more for my prescription eyeglasses with progressive lenses.
These ingenious hearing aids are a fraction of the cost of other premium devices because the average person with typical hearing loss patterns–like I have–can buy them directly online from iHear. “If you have profound hearing loss, sudden hearing loss, infections or pain in the ear, you should first see your doctor or hearing professional,” advised Adnan Shennib, Founder & CEO of iHear Medical.
Before purchasing EVA, you can accurately profile your hearing ability, in the comfort of your home, with iHear’s nifty little test kit that you order online for only $69. Up to five people can be tested with the single kit. It’s the first and only FDA-approved home hearing screener on the market, as a matter of fact, because the earphones are calibrated for precise testing. Once you receive your kit in the mail, all you’ll need is your computer with an Internet connection. It’s easy to download the software and do the test online. It takes about 3 minutes.
If you’d prefer to get your hearing tested at a place like Costco, for example, you can send your audiogram to iHear. Either way you choose to get the hearing test results, iHear will pre-program EVA for you at no cost.
Besides its ability to be adjusted to each of our distinct hearing needs, EVA is built with the finest speaker technology, low-noise microphone technology and sound-processing technology. “We want to make sounds comfortable and audible. So if you walk into a loud environment wearing EVA, the hearing aid will automatically suppress the loudness and make it comfortable. Or, when it’s really quiet and there’s a whisper, it will amplify the whisper,” Adnan said. “There’s a lot of advanced technology, and it’s all handled by the programming. No two people have the same prescription.”
Time to Experience EVA
Although millions of boomers have experienced natural hearing loss as we’ve aged, too many of us haven’t even had our hearing checked! Seventy-one percent actually admit to not hearing as well as we used to, according to a FabOverFifty poll of over 150 women, but 59 percent haven’t bothered to test their hearing. We ask people numerous times throughout the week to repeat what they said, miss dialog at the movies and on TV, or pretend we’re following the conversation in a noisy restaurant.
Over 50 percent of us say we don’t know where to check our hearing, or we don’t have the time.
For smart, active women, these excuses don’t make us seem very smart!
The iHear at-home test will report, on a scale from 1-5, if your hearing remains as sharp as your pet pooch’s, or whether you could use a hearing aid to amplify all the sounds you’re pretty sure you’ve been missing. “Hearing loss often is ignored because it’s a very gradual process, and you learn to adapt to the loss in amazing ways. You learn how to read lips, or you raise the volume on the TV and telephone,” explained Adnan. “If you don’t need a hearing aid, we don’t want to sell it to you,” he emphasized.
Remember: You don’t have to test your own hearing. If you’d prefer to get it tested at a place like Costco, for example, you can send your audiogram to iHear, and the company will pre-program your hearing aids. To find out the most convenient place to go for your hearing tested, Google “hearing center near me.” It’s important to know that if you get a hearing test from a professional, she (or he) is legally obligated to give you a copy of the audiogram results.
The $69 iHear test kit is free with the purchase of EVA hearing aids. And, EVA always will be pre-programmed for free. You’ll still receive a free programming cable with your devices, however. That way, you can adjust them yourselves, anytime, or call iHear professional support, which can remotely connect to your EVAs for adjustment.
Support You Can Count On
iHear offers 30 days of free and unlimited professional support from an audiologist, as well as unlimited technical support support. Also, check out the $999 VIP Care Package, which includes one year of professional support, free batteries, pre-programming and loss-and-damage replacement.