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More Maxi than Mini,
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This review is from: Mammoth XT Mini Ear Amplifying Aid - For partially deaf / Hard of hearing (Personal Care)
In 2011 I was diagnosed as having significant hearing loss in one ear, however my consultant suggested I should make do with turning up the tv for the time being rather than have him prescribe a hearing aid for me.
I decided to try the Mini Ear Amplifying Aid "For partially deaf and hard of hearing" from Mammoth Accessories after looking at alternatives and reading other user reviews. The item received states on the box that it is an Axon F-139 hearing aid.
The listing states that the amplifying aid is a "well designed F139 Hearing Aid..a small model" and that the "simple design makes it comfortable for wearing and is almost invisible". This is not a truely accurate discription as the attachment that sits behind the ear is easily visible and the part that fits into the outer ear is 15mm wide and only a fraction smaller than a 5 pence piece. I have uploaded 2 photos showing the actual item size and fit because of the 4 photographs provided by the seller 3 show people each wearing a different hearing aid, none of which is the actual F139, and the only true representation is the picture of the lone hearing aid.
The microphone is situated in the behind-the-ear attachment, as is the volume adjustment control and on/off switch. Finding a comfortable sound level was easy if time consuming. I have noticed a constant background noise, similar to that heard when holding a seashell to your ear, which may be due to air movement or the poorly fitting ear plug.
The two two silicone ear plugs supplied are medium and large, both of which I find to be too large for comfort. So far I haven't been able to use the hearing aid for longer than 30 minutes before my ear tube becomes sore and irritated.
The battery cover/holder is fragile and easy to break. Inserting and removing the battery can be fiddly if you have arthritic fingers.
The product is very outdated in appearance and is very noticeable when wearing it. While this may not be of concern to someone who intends to use it only around the home, personally I would find it embarrasing to be seen wear this hearing aid to work or in a social environment.
I have rated the item two stars purely because it arrived quickly, comes with basic instructions and it does amplify sound. I would have returned it except I had opened the packaging and fitted a battery to try it.