Re: Tinnitus & Bose Hearphones
Question...why get those instead of hearing aids?
For me simply a case of economics.
Audiologists/Doctors have told me that hearing aids might help me with tinnitus and I really only need a hearing "boost" in noisy environments. Since my insurance does not cover hearing aids, to purchase a set of digitial aids with many of the features of the Hearphones (noise cancelling, mic directivity, bluetooth, streaming, etc.) my cost would be several thousand dollars each. While I will most certainly need hearing aids sometime in the future, I'd rather not pay for the reoccuring cost of them at this time.
Note on tinnitus:
The Hearphones appealled to me primarily to the feature of being able to play white noise tracks (rain, babbling brook, fountains, etc.) as background while still being able to hear my surroundings - something most ear phones don't offer. This setup provides significant releif for me during flare-ups. I have contstant tinnitus but only use the noise tracks for times when things get really bad and I'm having trouble focusing on anything else but the ringing.
After several months of use I've also noticed an additional benefit. An increased treble setting for "World Volume" has resulted in a reduced ringing sensation most times I am wearing them. I'm making a layman's guess that since some medical professionals have opined that tinnitus can occur as a way the brain fills in for high-frequency loss, the increased treble is actually compensating and reducing the ringing. I figure my guess is as good as any since I've been to several hearing doctors/audiologists and they really have no authoritive answer on how to relieve tinnitus. They told me to try supplements like Lipoflavonoid, change my diet, etc. I did as suggested but never noticed any change.
For me the Hearphones have provided measurable relief and I recommend they at least be tried by tinnitus sufferers.