They don’t call them hearing aids, I assume for regulatory reasons. I see them advertised in Scientific American and other publications (not that that proves anything) and today I got a Hammacher-Schlemmer catalog that is selling them for $500 and they have rechargeable batteries. That is at most a fifth or maybe a tenth of what hearing aids cost. And as more of my friends are using hearing aids, I discover that the cost of the batteries is exhorbitant. I have a severely hearing impaired colleague who pays several dollars a day for batteries. I myself have mild hearing loss and so does my wife. Neither of us has aids. I don’t care about hiding them (that seems to be the #1 concern, but I would like people to know that I might have trouble hearing and they should be patient).
So has anyone tried these el cheapo models and with what results?