Dear Al, I I I wanted to start off by stating I do believe kind, wonderful people create great products because they are doing it out of their hearts.
As a desperate father, my son has been fighting hearing loss in both his ears from the age of 5. One of the biggest problems with hearing aids has been the stigma that he has faced from both children in school and outsiders who constantly judge him without knowing Andrew is a smart, fun loving 11 year old boy. When we first found out about his hearing loss our feelings were of devastation and sadness in addition to the unknown as to what the future held for this loving young boy growing up.
During the last 6 years my son has gone through two pairs of hearing aids, his first set (behind the ear) were very large and clunky. This was the most devastating few years he had to suffer within, constantly being asked what is that or other children not wanting to be friends, being treated differently, which was just heartbreaking to deal with as parents. My wife and I and our daughter tried our best to comfort, instill a sense of importance in our son on a daily basis in every way possible.
There were times where he would not wear the devices in school and many complaints were received from teachers asking us to force him to wear them. Both the financial and emotional impact could be felt daily.
Two years ago we moved to another city because we felt the school district where we were, did not really assist our son in many ways but instead allowed bullying by other kids at times when intervention could have helped. I also went to other audiologist to find hearing aids that were more discreet which have helped somewhat, but the tubes were still visible. Andrew would keep longer hair to camouflage the tubes but they were shiny and still could be seen.
I recently came across your product one day because my son asked me “Dad, isn’t there a colored hearing aid tube that would look like my skin”? My next step was to search Google many different ways and suddenly an article appeared that said “hide your hearing aid”. We carefully read the information regarding VANISH which is used to color the tube to match one’s skin tone. I immediately wrote an email to Al asking for more information and how this works. Al replied very quickly and my heart was racing because of everything we were going through.
All of the support, detailed instructions and comfort that Al provided cannot be put into words and we really do not have any way of thanking him beyond letting others know this product can change a person’s life in so many ways.
As the kit arrived, Al personally called us and went through each step to ensure we were properly applying the dye to his tubes and following all the steps. As the dye was applied we could immediately see the difference from a bright shiny tube to one that was very close to his skin color. As he put on his hearing aids tears came out from our eyes because of emotions built up, because we could not even notice the tubes.
The next day our son went to school and for the first time a few children actually came up to him and asked him “why don’t you have those things in your ears anymore”. Andrew immediately felt they were kidding and checked by gently touching his ear to make sure the devices had not fallen out. He had the hearing aids on but just shrugged his shoulders and decided to let the kids think he was not wearing them.
All of this is due to the kindness of both Al & Jill who again are loving, caring individuals that have invented a product to help people live a better life.
A young boy and distressed parents will never forgot this moment, and we think that thousands of hearing aid users will want this product !!!! - Arun P., Frisco, TX
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“I would like to tell you how awesome I think your VANISH product worked for me. I recently had to get my first hearing aids and did so very reluctantly. My main issue was the stigma associated with wearing them. I was positive that everyone would be able to see the tubes, know I am wearing hearing aids, and for some reason think less of me. I know this was wrong, but for the first three weeks I was so self-conscious about having the visible tubes running over and into my ear that I was continually looking in the mirror and trying to adjust them so they wouldn't be so visible.
Today, I had my tubes treated with the VANISH product and it completely changed the way I feel about wearing them. Immediately after getting the treatment completed, I asked my wife what she thought. Her comment was that I needed to put them in so she could decide. I told her I did have them in. She had to get her glasses out and get within about a foot to even see them. I look in the mirror now and literally cannot see the tubes unless I turn my head sideways and get about six inches away.
There is no way for me to express how grateful I am for VANISH. This is a product that could change the entire hearing aid industry as people would no longer feel the stigma of having to wear them. I waited to get mine at least a year or two longer than I should have simply because I didn't want to go through the embarrassment. Due to this I missed out on so much because of my hearing loss.
I am maybe the happiest hearing aid wearer in the country today!” - Keith W., San Jose, CA
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“I had my hearing aid tubes dyed and my mother’s also. They are now truly almost invisible. This is a great product. I’m an artist and working with paints and dyes is second nature to me, so I can appreciate what went into the development of VANISH. Thank you so much for inventing this process. (See How VANISH came to be) Now, I don’t ever leave my hearing aids in the drawer.” – Janice J., Denver, CO
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“This is a great idea. I have been hoping for something like this for years. My question: can it be used on RIC receivers as well?” (Yes, all BTE thin tubes or RIC’s) - Sandra W., Au.D., Sunnyvale, CA
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“I recently got my first hearing aids and until I did, I had no idea how much I couldn't hear! I purchased them from Costco. Although I knew my hearing wasn't the best, I didn't want to wear them because of the stigma attached and had put off getting them for many years. When I came across VANISH on the internet, I immediately contacted the company as the part I didn't like was the shiny wire that shows on the sides of my ears. I had spent a lot of time trying to tuck my short hair around those wires to try and make them invisible. I didn't want to change my hairstyle to cover them as I love short hair and the convenience of it.
I think that VANISH is an incredible product and I'm thrilled! The hardest part to dying the tubes was thinking about it. When I actually did it, it was such a simple procedure and took me less than 10 minutes from prep time to completion. I did set the dye and everything on a tray in case I spilled the dye. As it was, all went smoothly, except for a few drips. I've been really pleased with the service I'm getting at the Costco Hearing Centre but I don't think they know about this product or I'm sure they would carry it. I will most definitely be showing them the results and telling them about it. If given a choice, I can't see why anyone would not want their hearing aid tubes dyed. It honestly makes them almost invisible! I couldn't ask for more. As it is, hearing aids cost a lot of money. I would easily spend another hundred dollars to have the tubes dyed to match my skin tone. The value for your money and peace of mind is most certainly there!
Now I can hear AND look good! Thank you so much, VANISH.”
- Callie M., Aldergrove, British Columbia
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“My VANISH took me ten minutes to apply and has hidden my hearing aids from sight! (See application instructions here) The color blends seamlessly with my skin tone and the glare of clear plastic tubes has gone. This is a revolutionary and long overdue solution to an all too common problem for hearing aid wearers. Amazing! “
- Richard C., Vista, CA
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“I found out I needed hearing aids and behind-the-ear hearing aids sound much better than inside the ear. Except the wires can be seen by everyone. I'm a school teacher who prefers to keep my disabilities to myself. When I heard about VANISH I was thrilled. It matches my skin tone perfectly. My wires can't be seen unless you really look very, very closely. I love VANISH!” - Harold S., Baltimore, MD
“I have been hard of hearing since birth. My hearing worsened over the years to the point where I needed hearing aids to be able to hear what was going on around me. Like many people who wear hearing aids, I was very dissatisfied with the visible wires around my ears. Being a dark-skinned African-American, the plastic hearing aid wires contrasted significantly against my complexion. Moreover, as an attorney, the ability to communicate effectively is a critical skill. Not wearing my hearing aids is not an option.
For the last several years, I have been looking for a way to hide my wires so that people look me in the eyes when we speak, not at my ears. Finally, I came across the VANISH product. After using the VANISH D9 shade, my wires now blend into my skin and are barely visible, even to me. I feel so much better about myself. I had no idea how much the visible hearing aid wires were affecting my self-confidence. Now those of us who wear hearing aids can concentrate on how we live instead of how we look.
If you are on the journey that I was, looking for a way to make your hearing aid tubes “VANISH," I encourage you to try this product. I am so happy that I did!” - Selma A., Fresno, CA
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“Since my mid-twenties, I had to live with hair covering my ears to hide the unsightly hearing aid tubes. Yes, to me, it was a stigma, it still is a stigma to me now even at age 40. Even when I changed to a Widex RIC, I was still concerned how obvious and glaring the hearing aid tube looked. Yep, call me petty, vain, and tell me a million times - people are not really going to care if they know you're wearing hearing aids, but STILL! It really DOES bother me. I just want to appear as normal as possible. Thank god for VANISH! Applying it to my tubes really made it 'melt' into my skin. No one knows I'm wearing hearing aids unless I actually point it out. It's really superb!! Even in the bright sunlight, no one notices it because this product has subdued it so much...there's no reason for anyone's eye to be drawn to the ears at all in the 1st place! Thanks to Al for this fantastic invention. I will definitely buy it again, no hesitation!” - - Samantha L., Kuala Lampur, Malaysia