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Does anyone have advice for types of hearing aids that aren’t too fussy and aren’t too tiny? I think rechargeable are a good idea but the less bells and whistles at this point the better. High tech is not her strong point if you know what I mean. She has a helper every day but left on her own enough to lose things and get things out of whack.

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Yes I think I’ll get something like that for her. We’ve ordered some inexpensive amplifier HA that go over the ears and we’ll see how they work. The ones she had were the type that went over the ear too. She’s been wanting the kind she’s seen on tv that are really tiny and fit inside, but that would be a disaster with the way she misplaces stuff.
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Not many helpers have high tech hearing aids as a strong point, come to that, to do your MIL justice.

On which point, it's often buying exactly the right batteries and fitting them correctly that's the issue. It's the fiddliest bit, certainly, once you've got over the initial challenge of putting the aids into the ears in the right way up and the right way round. So that does tick a box for rechargeables, as long as the charging process is manageable.

How long had she had the ones she's just lost? If it's for any length of time and she was doing well with them, it might be best to go for as close a match as possible - depending on how you believe the last pair came to grief.

Do you have a good idea what became of them?
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JanieR Nov 8, 2018
She had them both for about a year, they were expensive higher end. Always had to have them checked out and inevitably there was some kind of setting she changed. Or the battery was dead or put in incorrectly. They were the type that fit over her ear. She lost one and swore up and down she put it in a particular place and kept saying someone had gotten it. Almost simultaneously she misplaced some money that she had said she put in a specific place. We found the money and it was not where she said she put it. This all started a little over a year ago. Pretty much the beginnings of her dementia. We have never found the hearing aid she lost and then last week she lost the second one. So we want to get her new ones but don’t want to spend too much because of the issue of misplacing. She’s still at home and is a pack rat. She has a helper come in every day. We have her house deep cleaned once a month. She’s never been an organized person and I dont expect that to change at 95. Lol. We’ve decided to try some rechargeable amplifier type and see how that works. If they don’t work or if she loses them it won’t be a financial disaster. We have looked everywhere for them. I think the first one must have been thrown away. She misplaced the second one once saying she had left it in her jewelry box, when she had actually put it in a silverware box in the kitchen.
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They still make the kind that sit over the ear, I would think that they would be the easiest to keep track of. They can also attach a lanyard to the HA's that would clip to her blouse - since I first read about it I've wondered why this isn't used more in facilities.
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