Or hearing aids to be more precise – left and right A4i Starkey iphone conpatible hearing aids
After unloading my life savings at the front desk, I walked out into the real world to see if I had made a wise purchase. Immediately, I heard birds singing, and ducks quacking in the distance. I think I heard leaf blowers in the distance or maybe a truck idling.
The most profound thing happened after I hopped in the car. I discovered that when I use the turn signal, it makes a loud clicking sound! OMG! I’ve been the stereotypical old man driving down the road with my blinker flashing for miles (the car eventually warns me).
It was 84 degrees today – when the A/C kicked on with the fans on high, that drowned out all other sound. But not to worry – the iphone app allows creating up to 16 custom settings – create “car” and squelch the high frequency sounds, and play a little with the baffles to direct the air away from the microphones.
I went to the Cookout burger place drive through and had no trouble ordering my chocolate chip mint milkshake. I could make out most of the conversation with the car ahead of me. I checked in with the wife and declared that the hearing aid made the milkshake better and colder. I also heard myself eating the ice cream.
After a brief stop at home, I headed out to K&W for dinner – that was a mixed result – the serving line people couldn’t seem to understand me and the meal itself was mediocre.
The hearing aid is fully integrated with the iphone – when the phone rings, the call can be routed to the hearing aid via bluetooth. You’ve undoubtedly seem people who appear to be talking to themselves until you see the earpiece – but with the hearing aid, there is no visible earpiece.
Anything that would go to the speakers goes right to the ears, so people around me would never know I’m listening to a John Batchelor podcast. The iphone is controlling the volume, not the hearing aid app.