pacemaker and hearing aids

I would like some information on which hearing aids interfere and which ones are ok to use with a St.Jude Medical Identity ADx 5380, or where I could find this information. Tanks fo any help, Roberto 123


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Hearing Aids & Pacemaker

by SMITTY - 2008-01-25 09:01:19

Hello Roberto,

I have no idea where you will find literature on this subject. However, I had a conversation on this subject with an audiologist a few years ago when I was getting my first set of hearing aids. Based on the information I got you can get any hearing aid you want. A hearing aid is nothing but a miniature sound amplifier and the power out put from one is so low, it would take extremely sensitive instruments to even measure it and it should never be enough to interfere with the operation of a pacemaker. I've been wearing hearing aids for about 4 years and never a problem. The first set was analog, which I wore for about two years and the set I have now are digital and neither have been a problem.

So I would say get whatever kind you want, or if you are like me, get whatever you can afford because I found out some of those little suckers are expensive. Why after I got through buying those things I had to put off buying that Mercedes SL 450 convertible for my wife. Of course, I'm lying there, but I was shocked at the price for something so small. And no we do not have a Mercedes.

Good luck,

Smitty

PM and Hearing Aids

by MHCHAMPION - 2008-01-25 09:01:22

I already had my hearing aid and never really gave any thought to it interferring with my PM.
My PM is a Medtronic and my hearing aid is a small 'fits in the ear' size and the brand is Widex, I think. Couldn't locate the papers right now. I cannot tell that it interferes any with my PM. However it is in my right ear and PM is on my left side.

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