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.
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
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.
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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