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Are TruHearing Flyte hearing aids as good as normal hearing aids? Do I lose anything by going with TruHearing?

Audiologist in Oshkosh

21 December 2017 - 17K Views

Be sure to ask if the Flyte instruments include a telecoil. Ask the provider to program the Flyte instruments, verify the settings via Real-Ear testing, program the telecoils and teach you how to use this feature.  It is very possible that adjustment of the telecoils can be handled via the app. 

 If you have more than just a mild hearing loss, telecoils are priceless in venues that offer hearing loops. Hearing loops broadcast the audio from a stage, TV, microphone at a podium, on the dashboard of a London Taxi wirelessly to the telecoil found in most hearing aids meant for moderate hearing loss and up. Users rave that they finally can understand speech over distance, in public venues, in reverberant houses of worship or noisy locations - listen to this example in the NYC subway:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahbz0VvlZF0

Granted, hearing loops are not available everywhere, they are more common in Europe, but the good news is that they are appearing in more and more places in the US thanks to word of mouth of users and hearing loop advocates. http://time2loopamerica.com/loop-locator/ or visit www.LoopFinder.com or www.ALDLocator.com 

The ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) specifies that 25% of the assistive listening system devices offered around the USA shall be directly hearing aid compatible (meaning that if the system is not a hearing loop, they must come with neckloops) - so if you travel, attend public events and the theater having a telecoil is important.   

For more information visit: www.HearingLoop.org 

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Member 23 June 2018
The ADA is dead, or on life support; is it not?

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Sparks

21 December 2017 - 17K Views

The Flyte hearing aids are actually produced by Resound.  The hearing aids themselves are good quality aids but not necessarily the best choice depending on your hearing loss and lifestyle.  TruHearing is a 3rd-Party hearing aid provider who basically wholesales hearing aids direct to the public.  They contract with a local hearing aid provider to do the testing, fitting, and two follow-up visits.  After that you are on your own and you have to find someone willing to provide additional follow-up care as needed.  Hearing aids need regular cleaning and occasional adjustments especially if your hearing changes over time.  You should have your hearing retested at least once a year.  All those extra visits are not included and it can be difficult to find a provider who will work on hearing aids that they did not sell themselves.  Our offices do contract with TruHearing but we also offer an optional package where you can purchase a lifetime service contract.  We provide the same high level of service (for the life of the hearing aid) as if you had purchased them from us.  A good hearing aid provider should discuss options with you once you have been tested.  TruHearing also offers many other models at very low prices that might be a better fit for your situation.

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Member 03 November 2018
I have used hearing aids for 19 years. With Florida Blue I can get TruHearing aids as cheep as $999. I paid more and got the better aids for around $1300. I have gone threw everything you wrote. No one thats any good wants to see these on their property so I'm stuck with people that are new to working on aids and people that are so bad that no one else will go to their office. There was a guy that said "you get what you pay for".    With over the counter hearing aids coming out the price of aids may come down but with my hearing loss I know OTC aids are not for me.   Bob Moyer

Doctor of Audiology in Deerfield

22 December 2017 - 17K Views

Flyte hearing aids are normal hearing aids.  They are made for TruHearing.  If the device meets your needs, is fit appropriately (using real ear and or speech mapping), and maintained properly, you should do just fine!   A successful hearing aid wearer comes from finding the right provider who understands your needs, selecting the right product, having it fit properly and following up with regular ear exams and hearing aid maintenance.   

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Doctor of Audiology in Amherst

21 December 2017 - 17K Views

They sure are.  If you're dealing with a competent hearing aid dispenser or audiologist, you're not losing out on a thing... but you might gain a trip to the Caribbean with the $3k saved.

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Member 23 June 2018
Please tell me more about the Caribbean option. You can do so privately if you'd like. Let me know; I'll find your practice and communicate.
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Member 15 February 2019 Replied to Member
He's saying, you'll save $3000 and then, should you care to you can use that savings for a trip to wherever you want.  There is no real "option."

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Little Rock

21 December 2017 - 17K Views

I'm actually quite impressed with the Flyte units.  After fitting several of these, my patients have raved about the sound quality and great price.  They are manufactured by a leading hearing aid company and although lacking some of the more advanced features of the better known aids, the sound quality is equal to the top tier products.  You should not be at all concerned about the quality.  

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Member 13 March 2018
What is best for "cookie bite" hearing loss?
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Member 23 June 2018
What are they better known hearing aid companies please. You know good service is not easy to find. I am an online English teacher these days, specifically since the nuances of speech were closing for me. I need the right hearing aid to open them up. My insurance offers Flyte, but idk if they are right!
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Member 11 July 2018
"Are TruHearing Flyte hearing aids as good as normal hearing aids? Do I lose anything by going with TruHearing?" Seems to me that the question should be, are other hearing aids as good as TruHearing Flyte.
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Member 31 July 2018
i went to Costco for hearing test today and need 2 hearing aids. They offer Phonak Brio 3 for $1250 each. Free monthly cleaning, 3yr warranty, 180 day trial, 1 time replacement, unlimited visits. My health insurance will Charge me thru True hearing $699 each for Flyte 770. 3yr warranty, 45 day trial and 1 time loss. That's it. No cleaning or other visits. I cant seem to find which is better as neither are on top 20 selling list. Is it worth the 50% savings on the True hearing with no one to ever clean them because if not purchased by a local dealer they wont clean according to 50 reviews i read. Argh... any advice??
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Member 08 December 2018 Replied to Member
I had a set of kirkland aids and they worked well. I think the phonak would be an upgrade from there. I made the mistake of getting tru hearing flyte 700 and they are terrible. A waste of nearly 1500 bucks whenall the fees are totaled.
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Member 14 January 2019 Replied to Member
I understand your where you are coming from.  But the reviews from others and their experiences with TruHearing are none favsorable and I have had Costco before and like the continuing service they provide.  And GEHA will even pay up to $2500 even on Costco ones do I know where I’m not going.  Hope you found the right place!
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Member 17 September 2018
I had a pair of Costcos brand and loved them. I lost one and decided since the nearest costco is 125 miles away to try the Flyte 700. Big mistake, so far have been back for one adjustment to clear up background speech and a terrible feedback problem. Not at all better but will try one more time. If this had been my first set of aids I would return them and never try another pair. I will contact tru hearing about it and hope for the best. Btw 45 days is not enough of a free trial to test an aid.
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Member 14 January 2019 Replied to Member
Thanks for sharing your experience.  As I too had Costco hearing aids back in 2012 but was time for new ones so found out about Tru Hearing and has reservations and these shared experiences help me to confirm I don’t want to go with who HEhA contracts with.  Wish or hope they see these reviews so maybe they will find a new place to refer us. 
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Member 13 December 2018
I purchased  $4000  tru hearing hearing aides a few years ago.   The aids were of poor quality, continually intermittent , with intermittent whistling and I never could get a good fit.  Do not waste your money.
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Member 14 January 2019 Replied to Member
Thanks for sharing your experience, as an just in the process of trying to figure which way to go and this confirms what I was feeling!
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Member 23 December 2018
I wasn't sure if it was just me. I purchased a Flyte 990 and it has been nothing but a pain. The person I purchased the device from has done nothing but try to peddle additional items to me at more cost and is pretty much indifferent to my actual hearing situation. Because of a constant hissing problem I have complained about since my purchase, he allegedly sent my device in for service a couple of weeks ago. I am almost positive that it was just tossed into a box and when I called for a status follow up a week plus later it "was coming in this morning". I picked it up that morning only because I paid almost one thousand dollars for it and am not going to just throw it away. When I walked into his office he was sitting at the receptionist desk eating a sandwich and he had it sitting in a large box ( maybe 4 x 4 x 3), he picked it out and handed it to me. NOTHING had been done, I'm sure. Then he tried to sell me some sort of additional extension for a couple of hundred more... Yeah, right. Save your money folks, noisy piece of junk. No more. 
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Member 14 January 2019 Replied to Member
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences as I am just in the process of trying to see who I want to go through and your experience helped me to decide to check elsewhere!
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Member 14 January 2019

I’m in the process of finally getting a new set of hearing aids as last ones were in 2012 from Costco.  I wore them and they seemed to be good but when I was retired and at home mostly I stopped wearing them regularly.. on occasion when I did wear them I felt i still couldn’t understand what people were saying.  And I felt I’d gotten worse. And the hearing gal said it was very important that they be worn everyday as it takes time for your brain to recognize the changes (or something like that, sounds right?) So maybe I failed my hearing aids, they didn’t fail me☹️ So just went back to Costco and liked the tester.  She looked at my 2012 records and said I had a air bone gap and explained it (sort of?) and said it would require surgery!  Yikes I thought and who do I see about this...she said an ear specialist!  So she performed all the tests which seemed to cover all the scopes of my hearing loss and she stated I no longer had an air bone gap!!  I was wow, does that happen often and she said she’d never seen one before (but again she was a pretty young, so that’s maybe the reason)

So we discussed the Kirkland brand which was blue tooth and all the new technology but said the ReSound ones were better for my particular hearing loss and were $1100 more than Kirkland. And I wondered if she got paid more by selling the more expensive ones!  So at that point I wanted to do a little research regarding just which one I wanted to purchase, so told her I’d let them know. And then I decided to call GEHA and found out that we had coverage which delighted me.  So I contacted Tru Hearing and got the info which I didn’t even get it all as he rattled it off like he was a computer.  Remember sometimes we’re old AND hard of hearing, so slow down and show true personal support, don’t be a computer!

But I was very pleased to happen upon the reviews of Tru Hearing Flyte which confirmed my suspicions all along.  And I believe the guy aka computer guy, mentioned I’d pay a $75 fee first visit?  And he said bring your Costco results and we will use them.  But I’d want to be retested and see if they agreee and if not, whose right/wrong! 

Thank you for your experiences as it may help others like me.  I think I will investigate a bit more but most likely Costco as GEHA will contribute $2500 towards my aids, I feel so blessed to have them as my insurance co and help me with something I truly need, but was perplexed how to pay for them.  And maybe GEHA will get this information and reconsider who they have referred their members to.  Happy Hearing (I hope🙃)

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