The following is an outline of the history of my hearing problems and the brilliant
solutions provided by your SIE-64 hearing aid.
My hearing ability obviously started to decline several years ago, but as it was so
gradual, I was not really aware that I was not hearing the full range of sounds with
the same clarity as when I was younger. I still thought of my hearing as “normal”.
But I had started to notice that I was not hearing my grandchildren clearly and was
struggling to maintain conversations with friends at restaurants and parties. At
theatres I frequently had to ask my wife “what did the actors say just then?”
Eventually, in 2009, to my wife’s relief, I decided to take an audiology test. It
revealed I had a moderate hearing loss and that a hearing aid would rectify most of my
hearing problems. An audiology clinic offered a 2 week trial. They supplied a small
behind-the-ear hearing aid, tuned to compensate for my loss. I was impressed and
surprised to hear long lost sounds and conversations clearly. At the completion of the
trial period I was keen to keep the aid. But at a cost of $7300.00 for one ear only, it
was an extravagance I could do without. I decided to continue living with my hearing
decline and find ways to compensate for it.
BUT THEN, 3 years later, I chanced upon an article in the Weekend Financial Review about
the brilliant work that Blamey & Saunders had done in developing and marketing a
high tech hearing aid here in Melbourne, with all the features of the international
products at extremely modest prices.
I was fired up by the possibility of a superior hearing aid solution and a sensible
financial outlay, right here in Melbourne. I chose the SIE-64.
Out in the street, the sounds were amazing. For a short while, I thought they had
programmed bird calls into the hearing aids as I seemed to hear them everywhere.
This was an exciting time. At first my hearing experience sounds a little bit “tinny”,
but I was definitely hearing everything more clearly. Turning pages in a newspaper
brought back an ultra-rustling sound. Running water in a hand basin revived memories of
a tinkling sound I hadn’t experienced in years.
At times, sounds the came from 50 metres away seemed to be right beside me. A tradesman
who was offloading materials from a truck 50/60 metres away made me turn quickly to see
what was happening. I wouldn’t have noticed this previously. I can hear cars and trucks
now before I can see them.
I can now hear much better at restaurants or in groups and enjoy participating in the
conversations. On rare occasions background noise can be intrusive in particular
restaurants, but even my youngers confess they struggle to hear clearly in those noisy
In small groups of 4/5 people, I can engage confidently in the conversations, even
though I am totally deaf in my right ear and only have an aided fitted to my left ear.
Its microphones are so advanced they pick up intelligible speech from friends on my
clinically deaf right side. A bonus, bit I do loose that advantage from the right side
when in crowded places.
I am very pleased with the renewed level of hearing that the SIE-64 has provided: with
the improved level of interaction with family and friends. With the pure beauty of the
higher registers of female vocalists, the full pitch of violins, the subtle variation
of drums, the flowing tempo of guitars, the unmitigated full effect of music that I can
now enjoy again.
I am now at the end of my third week and can confidently recommend Blamey Saunders hears
to anyone seeking modern superior hearing aids at a sensible price. My SIE-64 is
virtually invisible when fitted, has 64 channels, is feedback-free, is vice-free, and
Wow what a transition. WHAT A BARGAIN.
James Glover, Mt Waverly VIC
Hearing aid experience: New user