Songfinder question

To: "'Tim Murphy'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Songfinder question
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 08:38:33 +1030
Just went through a similar thing Tim, although my hearing doesn't sound
( no pun intended) as worn out as yours. My HF response has dropped of
in both ears in line with normal aging, but my left auditory nerve has
also apparently dropped off for frequencies above about 2khz. I've been
offered an aid which has selective amplification which I'm assured would
correct the deficiency ( one side $3800). Yikes ! 
At that rate I'm learning to turn my right ear towards the sources of
sounds. I can still hear Fairy Wrens but not Emu-wrens. 
I find the price pretty lousy because Medicare covers none of this and
my private cover only contributes $500 per year, even for initial
installations. Bugger.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tim Murphy
Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2006 10:33 PM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: Songfinder question

I started loosing my high frequency hearing some time ago and  by now
all I hear in the woods is Whipbirds and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. I
have lost even cuckoos!

A normal hearing aid would be useless I decided - cheap ones magnify
everything and, while the expensive ones do have selective frequency
magnification, I have almost total loss of high frequencies where the
birds sing. They can cost over $10k, which is another factor.

I read about Songfinder in an ABA magazine (see
), at reduces the high frequency sounds to sounds I could hear. With tow
mikes built into the head set it gives direction. They supply trial
sounds (North American warblers manly) on the web site, and this showed
that it should work (and confirmed that a normal hearing aid would be
useless). However at $750 US it is not cheap.

So I am asking if anyone on these groups has brought one, or has any
experience with it. Please tell me what you think.

Tim Murphy


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