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    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    ... if needed by sending you the programming device to plug your HAs to it, then they adjust over the internet.
    The programming over the Internet is not Costco but the others mentioned.
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    I purchased from buyhear.com; did a few adjustments over the internet. I am very happy with the service & of course the price!
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    Thank you All!

    djonbrody, do you mind if I ask which HA's you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DmQ View Post
    Thank you All!

    djonbrody, do you mind if I ask which HA's you have?
    Signia Silk Primax 3
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    I try to protect my hearing now, wish I did earlier. I would welcome any suggestions Um Bongo may have, when I figure out how, I’ll message him.

    For my Harley 883 I have a great ¾ helmet, ride with my shield down, earcups tight, and earbuds in, which are connected to our Sena 20 communicator, which Bluetooth’s to my phone as well, I should be able to Bluetooth the sena directly to the aids, which would be cool. (then ill never get my husband out of my head, lol) Or would it be better not to use them on the bike and keep on doing what I have been?

    Do Ha’s have, idk how to word this, an automatic shut off for too loud sounds? If a sound is above a certain decibel they automatically ‘shut off’ until sound is again under the cut off threshold?
    RIC hearing aids take sound presented to the behind the ear microphones and process it then present it to you via the in ear canal receiver(speaker). They will attenuate very loud noises during the processing to avoid causing damage to your hearing due to the aid. They do not however, prevent the very loud noises in the environment from damaging your hearing the same way those noises do without the aids. They are not hearing protection devices. Most people with good lower frequency hearing use open fit aids which provide a direct air conduit for loud noises but even closed fit aids are not designed to block out very loud noises or provide hearing protection. Fitting ear bud hearing protection with the aids(muted) in may cause you some discomfort from pressure on the wires/receivers. It may also compromise the seal of the hearing protection devices. Using HAs to stream calls from your phone while riding might be possible if the microphones are muted during streaming. You would need to experiment with that and be advised by your audiologist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DmQ View Post
    Do Ha’s have, idk how to word this, an automatic shut off for too loud sounds? If a sound is above a certain decibel they automatically ‘shut off’ until sound is again under the cut off threshold?
    I agree with what Carol said above that you should not expect any HA to serve as a hearing protection device, because that's not what it's designed to do.

    However, you shouldn't worry that wearing HAs can ruin your hearing further in case you get exposed to very loud sounds if they amplify the very loud sounds to be too loud for your ear to handle, because they don't. I assume that this is why you're asking the question above.

    In a nut shell, most modern digital HAs employ wide dynamic range compression. It amplifies the softer sounds louder to help your hear softer sounds better, but it amplifies the louder sounds less because you need less help with the louder sounds. And of course the amplification amount varies at different frequency bands to compensate for your different hearing losses at different frequencies as well.

    But the HA doesn't "shut-off" the very loud sounds so that you won't hear any of the loud sounds. It just doesn't amplify the very loud sounds to be any louder than they are. That's why HAs are not designed as a hearing protection device. Prolong exposure to loud sounds, with or without HAs, can damage your hearing just the same.
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