Tweak Hearing- Focus Model- Personal Sound Amplifier with Digital Volume Control and Directional Program to Reduce Background Noise (Beige)




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  1. Victor G says:
    43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The amazing thing for me was how I was hearing, July 17, 2014
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    This review is from: Tweak Hearing- Focus Model- Personal Sound Amplifier with Digital Volume Control and Directional Program to Reduce Background Noise (Beige) (Health and Beauty)
    Must start with my hearing loss.Both ears are the same. Low frequences drop to 40-50db. High end, 70db loss.Cause, nerve damage.
    Audiologist at my HMO advises 2 hearing aids starting at $800 a piece to $2600 a piece. At 78 this kind of money doesn’t come in a SS check. An alternative was suggest by Amazon with their Tweak display. I made several calls prior to ordering and my questions were answered without delay. The items came with 4 batteries each with a longevity of 7-8 days per battery. I bring this up to explain shortly. The setup with the booklet and DVD was simple. The units were smaller than I imagined but manageable even with big hands. With the units in and set on the ‘quiet’ setting the first thing I noticed was SOUND! My wife and I call this setting ‘surround sound’. I set the units on volume setting 2 to start and was overwhelmed by an air conditioner, a fan, a tv and washing machine going.. At night with crickets and summer bugs I thought I was in the jungle. There is no way I can handle all of that going at once so I now use the ‘noise’ setting. It is directional forward. Background noise was cut by at least 80% and I can hear very distinctly when speaking to others or watching television. There is a ruler on our TV that goes from 100 to 0% audio. I have been watching with the audio set between 70-75%. With Tweak Focus on the ‘noise’ setting, volume 2, I am now hearing the audio clearly between 30-35%. With my 2 Focus units on that setting my battery life was extended to 11 days and I replaced them prior to the warning tones. The amazing thing for me was how I was hearing. Using my old headphones with ear plugs the sound came from the ear plugs in my ears. Doesn’t matter if I used them on a computer, TV, radio or amplifier. With the Tweak Focus I am hearing sound from the source, not from the ear plugs. If I listen to the TV set I hear the sound coming from the TV, just as if I wasn’t wearing the amplifiers. For the first time outside my hearing is extended for miles, and it has been a long time since I have heard the wind whistling past my ears on a windy day. I am no expert but I can tell you that the ease of changing settings on the Focus beats a $100 setup fee from an audiologist. One caution, before you put them on in the morning, make sure the wax is out of your ears. I clean my Tweak every evening but it helps to attend to your own ears before putting them in. For two weeks of use 8-12 hours a day the Tweak Focus is far more than a simple alternative.

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  2. Urbanian says:
    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    FANTASTIC, May 31, 2014
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    Urbanian (St. Louis) –

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    This review is from: Tweak Hearing- Focus Model- Personal Sound Amplifier with Digital Volume Control and Directional Program to Reduce Background Noise (Beige) (Health and Beauty)
    28 years ago I suffered damage to my ear resulting in permanent 60 dB loss. Left ear was fine, but the right was useless. After all these years I’m tired of trying so hard to hear. Tired of not knowing which direction a sound is coming from, tired of turning my head to hear, tired of fighting for the volume control, tired of not enjoying my surround sound, tired of saying “Huh?” Tired of chasing sounds, I’m just tired.

    I went online to research how to find the right audiologist to fit me for hearing aids. Shortly I discovered there is a HEARING AID CARTEL. Reviews for various hearing devices quickly revealed there is little difference between FDA approved hearing aids, and other comparable personal amplification devices, EXCEPT price!!!!! Ain’t no way I’m paying 10 TIMES as much just to get some professional help when many say there’s no advantage. I’ll do my own research to find the device that best suits me.

    Although not the most heavily reviewed product, the Tweak Focus had the features I wanted, and reviewers said what I wanted to hear. No amplification devices pretend to offer perfect hearing. So I thought I started out with realistic expectations. If it fills in the gaps, I’ll be satisfied. I took the plunge.

    The day my Tweak Focus arrived, I had to fiddle with it for a while to find the setting that worked best for me. But after returning to work, it wasn’t long until I forgot I had it on. In my relatively quiet work environment, some background noise sounds different with Tweak, but not so much as to distract. Conversation is markedly improved. Occasionally it startled me to hear with my right ear, such as the time I walked past an open window and heard sounds on the non-hearing side of my head. –Oh yeah, I have a Tweak stuck in my ear.

    That evening we watched a noisy old movie just so I could crank up the surround sound. Sweet!

    The next day I drove an old van without A/C during a thunderstorm. With the windows open for fresh air, it was a noisy ride! Thunder, rain pelting the roof, tires splashing through rain covered roads, wind noise on the freeway, and teens in the back put my new Tweak to the challenge. We were on our way to a graduation dinner party in the church basement for 80 people.
    Switching my Tweak to the “noise” mode not only kept the ride tolerable, but gave me advantage over others at the dinner. With excellent noise cancellation, I could hear better than my tablemates with unassisted hearing. I kept score who said “What?” the least, and I won!

    On the noisy ride down the freeway, I noticed the noise cancellation circuitry hard at work jumping around to squelch any noise that tried to break through. Background noise was blotchy, but subdued; imperfect, but entirely satisfactory. In a way I was thankful it was working so hard to block out distractions.

    With my flat line 60 dB loss, I want the greatest low range gain I can get, so I’m wearing the dome tip. It will take some time to get used to the lump in my ear, but it’s a small price to pay to enjoy the gains I’ve already received.

    Excellent product. I have friends on FB who are now looking into getting Tweaks themselves.

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