Please - Good hearing aids for riders???
I've searched the Forum for HA info but none tells me where to start.
I'm hoping you guys can help. I've been in denial or been just plain hard-headed for long enough now and the truth of the matter is that I need hearing aid(s). Are any of you COTHers wearing a HA while riding and if so, what brand, model, and how do you like it?
I'm really in the dark. I don't even know what the procedure is for buying one. When I was tested 6-7 years ago, (twice) I was told that a HA would help me. Riding, helmets, wind, etc., was never discussed because I was pretty adamant that friends and family could just learn to speak distinctly. And I could say "What? What? What?" But now, I'm missing spicy conversations on the trail, instructions from trainers, and tend to miss meetings simply because I know I won't understand the speaker anyway. Obviously, it's time.
I live in NoVa. Any suggestions for finding an audiologist (Is that what/who I look for?) who also rides or how else can I be sure I get something that will fit my horsey lifestyle?
BTW, I am cross-posting this in the "Off Course" section as well because when I did my search, I found some posts about hearing aids - or speaker systems that attached to hearing aids -- in that forum. While that did help some, what helped most was learning that there are riders out there wearing the hearing aids which is reassuring.
Thanks alot for any and all suggestions.