Don't know what I would do if I could not hear the bird calls. We use
glasses to improve sight why not hearing aids to improve hearing. I'd go for
On Behalf Of Richard Jenkin
Sent: Sunday, 5 December 2010 3:16 PM
Subject: [hunterbirding] Hearing Birds
Since my teenage years I have always had problems hearing high pitched
sounds, particularly noticeable with Wrens, Finches , Thornbills etc .
It first came to light when I would be walking with my wife or others that
could hear, and I would say it is very quiet today and they would say no
there is heaps of birds around !
I have a very good eye for a bird so probably compensating for my lack of
hearing. I will often see birds that others have missed because they are not
I had a hearing test done 6 years ago which confirmed what I already knew,
but as the hearing aids that may correct this were $6000 a pair, I decided I
didn't need to hear extra birds that much.
Recently Hunter Hearing in conjunction with WIDEX Hearing Aids had a 30 day
free trial offer for their latest technology hearing aids, so I decided to
try them out.
My hearing had deteriorated even further since my last test so definitely
worth a try.
Frequencies over about 1.5 khz become harder for me to hear. My lower
frequency hearing is just under normal now also.
The hearing aids have a program to increase the clarity and decrease
background noise. I have been testing them out for the last week or so just
with normal situations of television , music etc and whilst I can now have
the volume lower, I am still no better off than before.
However, today , Lynn and I went for an early morning bird walk to see what
we could hear and I was absolutely blown away by the difference between them
in and out. Not only were all the birds louder , I could hear Wrens ,
Finches etc from a further distance than I could before. Some birds had a
level to their call that I didn't even know existed ! It was almost
deafening J. Sacred Kingfishers, Pheasant Coucals, Superb Fairy-wren,
Red-browed Finches , Silvereyes, Rufous and Golden Whistlers, Black-faced
Monarchs, Fan-tailed and Brush Cuckoo, Grey Fantail, Brown Quail, Lewins ,
Scarlet and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters , plus Rosellas , Galahs , Magpies ,
>From our front veranda I could hear Grey Shrike-thrush, Brush Cuckoo ,
Scarlet Honeyeater and Golden Whistler calling along the river which is at
least 300 metres away, that I couldn't hear without the aids.
The model is WIDEX Passion Clear 440 and they are now $10,000 a pair !!!
Are they worth it ..... I still have one week to decide.
I would be interested to hear of anyone else's experiences with hearing
Dick Jenkin DUNGOG NSW
Lynn and Dick Jenkin
PO Box 92 Dungog NSW 2420
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