What is the quality of Blamey Saunders hearing aids?

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09 September 2016 - 4.26K Views

I cannot personally vouch for Blamey Saunders products, but here's what I was able to dig up on the internet:

"Australia Hears is now known as Blamey & Saunders. Their aids are made by America Hears, who happen to use ADRO which was developed by a company started by Blamey. The CEO of America Hears is listed as a team member on the Blamey & Saunders web site. So, there's a relationship and technology transfer, but I don't think one is just a branch office of the other." - Source

More information from The Australian Financial Review Magazine

"Available online and in their Melbourne Blamey Saunders Hears shopfront, the IHearYou-supported hearing aids make use of bionic ear technology, which their inventors claim is not always utilised in other options within the same price bracket - about $2250 a pair for the basic model, and $3675 for the more advanced.

The programming system means that for many users, getting the sound right in their hearing aids could be as simple as listening to four different chimes on their PC, then adjusting their volume so they all sounded the same, Saunders says.

All the company's research and design is done in Melbourne. Its hearing aids were designed by freelance medical jewellery specialist Leah Heiss (although they are manufactured in Thailand) while BRW Most Innovative company Planet Innovation collaborated to design the latest IHearYou system, which incorporates a smartphone app and a Bluetooth-enabled programmer. (The collaboration has been entered in the 2015 Good Design Awards.)" - Read more

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Amy Swain, AuD

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Rochester

09 September 2016 - 4.26K Views

Purchasing an off brand hearing aid like this would limit your choices for getting help from an audiologist.  Hearing aids need to be professionally cleaned to keep them working well.  Not sure how they program these aids but always nice to have an expert helping you out.  I really believe the audiologist you purchase from is the most important factor in your satisfaction with any hearing aid.  You need to find someone you trust and is knowledgable.

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Ellen Nathan

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Glendale

09 September 2016 - 4.26K Views

It appears that it is a small company.  I only fit the major manufacturers because they can be fit anywhere in the world.  Just keep in mind that if you purchase an off brand of aid, you will need enough clinics to fit it, because if there is only a couple that fit that brand, if they go out of business you cannot have the hearing aid serviced.

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Duane Smelser

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Portland

09 September 2016 - 4.24K Views

I've never heard of any such brand of hearing instruments, so I'm immediately skeptical about it's existence and quality if it actually does exist.

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Consumer Member 14 February 2018
As the Australian Financial review article says, Blamey & Saunders provide a "hearing aid package which eliminates the need to visit a specialist has not endeared the entrepreneurs behind it to their audiologist peers." The current offer for Opus 96 hearing aids, pre-tuned if you undertake the on-line speech recognition test or provide an audiogram, or otherwise able to be self-tuned with a smartphone or PC application, is A$4,990 a pair (less A$500 if you return your old Blamey & Saunders hearing aids), no part of which is a margin to a consulting audiologist. I hope Blamey & Saunders are killing the pig - they deserve it. The consultants quoted on this site should get out more.
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Consumer Member 13 January 2019
Hi Duane.  Yes, Blamey Saunders is bona-fide and based in Melbourne Australia where I live.  Ellen's comment above is valid for those in the USA who may need the reassurance of recourse to product suppliers and audiologists as well.  Similarly, I chose to use BSH because they are in my home town and represent great value for money in OTE hearing aids at less cost than the more well known 'majors'.  they too have their own in-house audiologist and my experience with audiologists is that they are very much alike in their expertise.  for BSH, I liked the flexibility of being able to adjust my own aids from time to time using their downloadable software, 'anywhere/anytime'  without having to go to an audiologist's clinic to tweak settings. More recently I've been able to use a bluetooth connector (the INCUS) coupled by wifi to my iPhone (again using a BSH app for their IHearYou software built in to their OTE aids).  This means I'm no longer 'cabled' to a home computer and I can tweak on the run from anywhere if the occasion requires fast readjustment. I've had my BSH hearing aids for 4.5 years and they are still in great working order.  I could recommend BSH aids to anyone regardless of where they are in the world.  BSH is not about to go out of business anytime soon.  if only there was a similar hearing aid one-stop-shop in everyone's home town.  Cheers, Ian

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Consumer Member 08 August 2017
I have owned America Hears ADRO hearing aids, the 32 channel model, for 3 years. I bought them because I wanted to be able to do my own adjustments at home. They pre-adjusted them from my audiogram and then they got on the phone with me, we hooked up the hearing aids through an interface and computer software and they fine-tuned them with me. It was totally convenient, and obviously you could do this anywhere. I also was very impressed reading about ADRO (now referred to as Lucid), which was developed by Peter Blamey in Australia. Henry Smith, who is the principal at America Hears, is the hardware guy, making the hearing aids with Peter Blamey's patented digital amplifier. The state of the art version is now a 96 channel model, sold at Sam's under the Liberty brand for about $4000 a pair, and sold by America Hears online for $2000. In Australia they sell for about $4000. Google both of these guys and you'll find a lot of info. I did not realize how good they were until I started trying other brands, as my dog ate mine about a month ago and I was trying to find replacements locally. I went to Costco and tried the Rexton Trax 4 and I tried the ReSound Cala 8. No comparison to what I previously had with the 32 channel from America Hears. Presently America Hears doesn't sell the 32 anymore. They are trying to market a more affordable version, 8 and 16 channel, still using the ADRO, now called Lucid. This digital amplifier and the software are really way beyond anything else you can get. American Hears presently sells the 96 channel through what they are calling their Outlet store, it includes a clip on Bluetooth streamer for the price. Extended warranties, beyond the one year are extra, but no surprise there, that's typical. I would really encourage anyone to read more about these hearing aids and if you're at Sams Club you could try them BUT you'll pay 2x more getting them there.
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Consumer Member 22 February 2018
Just because you have not heard of therm, doesn't invalidate the product. Many high quality Australian made products haven't been heard of in the US, particularly those led by a small company in competition with large European and US companies. I'm a long time user of hearing aids with experience in brands such as Bernafon. Blamey Saunders are led by a mathemtician and audiologist team who designed world leading technonolgy with Cochlear implants. They have transferred the logarithms used in Cochlear implants (which use much less compression thatn traditional logarithms) to' bte' hearing aids to create a very natural sound. Their hearing aids are 60% of the price of hearings aids made by the large companies.
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Consumer Member 22 February 2018 Replied to Consumer Member
https://www.blameysaunders.com.au/about/awards
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Consumer Member 02 March 2018
I have Blamey Saunders Aids which were bought and programmed in Melbourne. They are remarkable (and I only have the 32 channel version) Peter Blamey is the man who invented the Bionic Ear I think that fact verifies his credentials
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Consumer Member 02 March 2018
I have Blamey Saunders Aids which were bought and programmed in Melbourne. They are remarkable (and I only have the 32 channel version) Peter Blamey is the man who invented the Bionic Ear I think that fact verifies his credentials
Consumer Member
Consumer Member 02 March 2018
I have Blamey Saunders Aids which were bought and programmed in Melbourne. They are remarkable (and I only have the 32 channel version) Peter Blamey is the man who invented the Bionic Ear I think that fact verifies his credentials
Consumer Member
Consumer Member 02 March 2018
I have Blamey Saunders Aids which were bought and programmed in Melbourne. They are remarkable (and I only have the 32 channel version) Peter Blamey is the man who invented the Bionic Ear I think that fact verifies his credentials
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