Sunday, May 16, 2010

Izzy stopped on the way home from ballet and had her face painted.

Guy, Morgan and Zoe with his aerophonics garden version 2. Version 3 is on the way.

Zoe had a hard day and fell asleep.

More Nola kate

Nola and Papa, so tiny!

"Grandma, be nice!"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We're Grandparents Again!

Nola Kate, Izabell Ann and Steven

Her first 'binky' a flying hippo.

Grandma Trinda and Nola

She's so little!

Nola , about 4 hours old, 6 pounds 5 ounces

Mom Wyndi and Izzy, a little tired and drugged after the emergency procedure.

Izzy adjusting her cap.

Papa and Nola

Papa, Izzy and Nola

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Inexpensive Hearing Aids

I ordered a pair of BTE Acoustitone PRO from, $299 for the pair. They arrived promptly in good packaging. I ordered them as a backup or spare, since we live on a boat in the remote South Pacific where service will be slow and by mail only, with almost no internet when we get back there from our 'vacation' in Seattle.

I wished for more information about them on the web. There was not enough.
I hopped there would be more info packaged with them. There was not any more. They do seem to work. My wife says they amplify the high too much, but I think I could get used to them. We neither have any experience with HAs.

There is a switch labeled N.H.O Normal, High & Off I believe the Normal is for a flat loss and the High is for a High freq loss with normal hearing in the lower freqs. There is a volume dial. It is VERY sensitive. I set it between 1 (almost off) and 2 (too loud) but it goes to 4. I don't know who would need the volume of 4.

They come with 3 sizes of domes for the ear. I chose the smallest so I would get some normal sound through for the low freq that I can hear. The medium dome sounded dull or muffled.
They came with a tiny screw driver which there is no mention of in the instructions. The case is screwed together, but no mention of "user serviceable parts inside". I haven't look inside ...yet.
(Well maybe a little.) They have a long ear hook and large tubing. It is too stiff so they do not sit comfortable on the ear. There is no instruction for trimming the tube to the correct length, so that may be my problem. I trimmed it a little shorter and it is better.
They buzz when a telephone is held near them (cell and cordless house) . There may be a technique of using a phone, but I haven't tried enough to find out yet.

Our audiograms are:

freqLarry RLarry LTrinda RTrinda L

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Photos

Trinda in Aur, Aur last fall:
I have uploaded all of the photos I have taken for the last 6 months. They are now on my regular site under My Cruising Photo Album.
The new photos are from about August 2009 through March 2010.