Meet the virtually invisible hearing aid that this professional guitarist takes on tour.
Ever heard the Willie Nelson classic, “On the Road Again”? You know, “The life I love is making music with my friends, and I can’t wait to get on the road again.”
To professional guitarist Bob Minner, that’s not just a classic country tune—it’s a way of life.
Bob travels the world playing alongside one of country music’s biggest stars. Whether he’s toting his pack along the dusty Winnemucca road or feeling no pain in Luckenbach, Texas, this ramblin’ man has seen it all with his trusty acoustic in tow.
It was during a tour that Bob started to notice something was off. He couldn’t hear his bandmates as easily during rehearsals or sound checks for live shows. Even jam sessions with friends around town became frustrating because he was missing out on conversations.
His hearing troubles weren’t just happening on the job—they had followed him home. He had to listen to the TV with the volume cranked up, and he found himself unable to understand his wife, Ginger, especially while out to dinner. Bob realized he needed a little soundcheck of his own, so he went to an audiologist to see what was up.
Turns out, Bob’s ears were marching to the beat of their own drummers. One ear had classic noise-induced and age-related hearing loss. His other ear presented a more challenging hearing loss that he had been living with for a longer time.
His audiologist recommends a top-of-the-line set that he decided to try out. After a few weeks of wear, Bob wasn’t a fan. “To be honest, I just didn’t like them,” Bob said. “I didn’t like the way they felt in my ears—they were uncomfortable. And I just didn’t like the way they looked.”
Bob began researching smaller, less noticeable hearing aids, and Eargo struck a chord. He was intrigued by the design and gave Eargo bonus points for having an office in his hometown, Nashville.
Bob picked up a pair of Eargo Neos and took them for a thorough sound check of his own. After all, Bob’s a musician, so when it comes to sound, he has high standards.
He put Eargo through the ringer. Bob wore his Eargos while he played guitar, during rehearsals, at dinners with his wife, at home watching TV, and everywhere in between.
The professional musician’s verdict? He loves them. Eargo fits into his on-the-go lifestyle and stays charged all day long, so he doesn’t have to worry about buying and replacing hearing aid batteries while out on tour. And Eargo was able to seamlessly help his unique hearing loss in both ears.
Now Bob’s able to treat his hearing loss and get back into the conversation without anyone around him knowing he’s wearing a hearing aid.
“Unlike other conventional hearing aids, they’re nice and discreet and small, and now I can go out to dinner with my wife and visit with her and actually have a conversation.”
Bob couldn’t be happier with his Eargos, and he encourages anyone who suspects they may have hearing loss to do some research on our state-of-the-art devices.
Of course, Bob knows firsthand that it’s a hard step to take, but he also knows that it’s an important and life-changing step. “A lot of people don’t want to talk about [hearing loss], but if you’re a musician, chances are you’ve got hearing loss. And Eargo has really, really changed my life for the better, so I really encourage you, if you think you’re suffering from hearing loss, check into Eargo and hear what you’ve been missing.”
Are you ready to hear what you’ve been missing? Give our hearing experts a call at 1-800-734-7603 for a free consultation, and they can help you learn more about your hearing loss and determine if Eargo could be music to your ears.