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From G.B. in Charlotte NC, February 2009:

Ed. Note: On our home page, there's a brief email from H.Y. in Sunnyvale CA. When we wrote back to ask if we could share her comments with others, she replied with an enthusiastic *yes*, and surprised us by providing the following insightful comparison between her prior CROS instrument versus her new TransEar, September 2008, included here (unedited): (Click here or scroll down for more testimonials.)

My Experience: TransEar vs. CROS
    ** Please note that my CROS is an older model (an analog and wired device.)
  • Experienced no background noise problem with my TransEar, even in crowded settings like restaurants and shopping centers. My CROS didn't handle background noise well.
  • TransEar was very liberating for my "good ear", leaving it completely unobstructed. I didn't have to wear anything in it. With CROS I wore an *in the outer ear aid* in my good ear and my deaf ear.
  • My friends and family, who know about my SSD, were at first puzzled when they observed that I heard them fine and yet didn't appear to be wearing a hearing aid! I showed them the TransEar, and they all concluded that the TransEar is not that visible compared to my CROS unless you are closely studying the TransEar wearer's ear. My CROS device was visible from virtually every angle, and the wire connector around the back of my neck was a real hassle, since I had to worry about accidentally tugging at it.
  • As long as I kept my TransEar at the *3* setting, I experienced no feedback problems (all that squealing/whistling caused by sound of air leaking and being amplified again was annoying with my CROS, especially on windy days!)
    ** Please note that even though the 4 and 3-1/2 settings on TransEar gave me feedback problems while outside; it may not be the case for others.
  • The localization ability was great with TransEar, and I was able to localize immediately because I've worn CROS devices for many years. I localized well with CROS, as long as I was in a non-noisy environment. **Some TransEar wearers in the TransEar discussion forums had never worn a SSD hearing device, and weren't able to localize immediately; the majority of the ones that "hung in there", based upon my readings, were able to localize better and better as weeks went by.
  • The TransEar is a CIC with a BTE portion, whereas my CROS was worn in the outer ear. It took a few days for me to get used to the CIC part of the TransEar; it does go in very deep. The first day I wore TransEar (nine hours), my ear canal felt a bit sore. The second day wasn't as bad, and by the third day the initial soreness had significantly decreased. I always used Oto-Ease to lubricate my TransEar prior to insertion, and it helped a lot.
  • I have TMJ, so when eating Subway sandwiches, extensive smiling, and having dental work done, I pull my TransEar slightly out (like a few millimeters) so that I don't rub my ear canal raw with the CIC portion. I was lucky in that with my TransEar pulled out by a few millimeters, I was still able to localize well.
  • With TransEar, I would sometimes feel vibrations with loud noises (like car doors slamming, books slamming on a counter, construction sites, etc.) though the vibrations didn't tickle (then again, I'm not a very ticklish person.)
  • I didn't expect my hearing to be 100% restored with TransEar, but it comes very close. I miss some high frequency sounds on my deaf side, but my good ear picks them up. The sound is much clearer and crisper than what my CROS delivered.
  • My TransEar has an air vent, which is easy to clean with fishing line. I no longer have to worry about earwax compromising hearing aid performance, since TransEar works on the bone conduction principle. I used to have to use a hearing aid vacuum on my CROS device at least once a day.
  • After a week, I could barely feel my TransEar in my ear canal. I didn't have it sanded at all because I wanted to preserve my ability to localize well, plus my initial soreness went away completely. From reading some of discussion forums on TransEar, I learned that a number of wearers were a bit overzealous in their sanding/grinding, and their ability to localize was compromised. A few wearers even had to get a new CIC portion made! I'm not saying *don't sand*, but rather *proceed with caution*. My CROS was lightly sanded a few times after a month of 12 hours a day of wearing (the CROS was irritating my outer ear), but since it wasn't doing bone conduction, the sanding had no effect on performance.
  • I wear my TransEar 12 hours a day, same as I did with my CROS. I'm excited to have been my audiologist's *First to Fit* customer for the TransEar. She made incredibley accurate deep ear canal impressions (two are required( for my TransEar, and I couldn't be more pleased.

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Date: June 10, 2007 11:07:44 PM EDT
After recovering from the trauma of an acoustic neuroma I began to grieve for my lost hearing and diminished social life. I’d already turned away from the prospect of a surgically implanted hearing processor. No more surgery for me, if I could help it!

Then a friend on the forum mentioned your bone conduction hearing aid that could be worn in the deaf ear and would “send” sound through the head bone to the good ear! I found TransEar especially appealing because I’d only have to wear a unit in the one ear.

My superb audiologist and TransEar set me up with the ear mold and the unit for a fitting. From the first day my aid was inserted I could hear natural quality sound from my deaf side. I have been enjoying my unit since October, 2006.

How wonderful to hear my husband and the waiter in the restaurant! What a boost in morale to actively participate in meetings again! What a blessing to share secret telling on both sides with my twin Grandsons! The developers of TransEar have made life better for me.

P.S. I have read that some TransEar users are able to find direction with their aid. I and my brain are still working on that level of achievement. So far, I am better able to discern speaking on my deaf side and I do not need to “locate” as much as I did before the aid.

L. W., Victoria, Texas

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Reprinted with permission from J.V., California:

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June 15, 2007
The TransEar is exactly what I needed after losing the hearing in one ear due to an acoustic neuroma. The doctor had recommended a BAHA, but I absolutely did not want to endure another surgery and I didn't want an anchor with a titanium abutment implanted in my skull permanently.

After considering the BAHA, I had decided to just live with one "good" ear. I told my husband I wish someone would invent a hearing aid that could do the same thing as a BAHA (conduct sound through the skull to the hearing ear), but could just be worn in the ear. About 2 weeks later, my
audiologist told me about the TransEar. She was going to a seminar and was very hopeful that it would help me. She couldn't have been more right!

The TransEar has helped me regain my sense of sound direction and has assisted my balance problems. It helps me comprehend the dialogue in meetings and assists me in restaurant settings.

I couldn't be more pleased and am anxious to see what improvements the future holds for TransEar.

SB, Roanoke, VA

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email received 3/5/07 from SB:
Thank you so much for all of the help with my TransEar … I think the hearing aid will make a great difference in my ability to hear and understand in meetings and has already given me a sense of sound direction.

You may find the following website helpful, from the Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANAUSA.org)
Also, they have an excellent discussion forum, some threads mention TransEar.
(From the home page, go to Support Groups, then Discussion Forum and enter TransEar in the search field.)
Note: We do not have any influence on this forum,
and we are not responsible for the content of the ANA forum or the ANA site.

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