Many older folks in their 80s and 90s have difficulty with hearing aids:
- batteries are too small and hard to change for people with limited dexterity,
- the hearing aids themselves can be difficult to insert and are so small that they are easily lost
- the cost of hearing aids is prohibitive (so once a hearing aid is lost, the person simply loses the ability to hear because they can't afford a replacement)
It continues to amaze (dismay) me that hearing aid companies have not figured out better solutions for one of their primary target markets and that millions of older people are living in isolation as a result.
Hearphones look like a good solution (even though I know that these are not legally 'hearing aids') as they are larger, rechargeable and less costly and less prone to being misplaced. But I have a few questions:
1) Can they be used without a smartphone or tablet (and without an App)?
2) Can the sound be customized to the individual's hearing needs (perhaps after a one-time set-up with an App)?
3) Is the sound amplified well enough to allow a person with severe hearing loss to hear conversation at the dinner table or direct one-on-one conversation?