Now that I have my second audiogram and a visit to my ENT under my belt, hearing aids have been recommended even for my mild loss. Contrary to what I was told by Miracle Ear (for some reason they had me showing a conductive loss), I have a sensorineural loss. My results from the audiologist yesterday coincided with my last year’s results from the same audiologist…only somewhat worse. I have no particular bond with this person, so I don’t care where I actually end up buying the aids.
As everyone knows, the number and types of hearing aids on the market is endless and overwhelming. Since my speech discrimination is taking a hit as of late, especially in noise, the audiologist recommends more premium hearing aids for me, such as Phonak Audeo Yes, or a higher-level aid by Resound (can’t remember which one). Of course the price tags are around $2200-2400 each, and up. She seems to feel that I need an aid with an excellent signal to noise ratio, which would be best served by a premium aid. Of course I’m skeptical because what business doesn’t want to sell their top of the line product???
The last thing I need is a tinny sound or anything too trebley (is that a word??). I have my share of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and probably stapedial myoclonus in one ear…all due to an isolated incident when I was young. Loud sounds make me CRINGE and make my right ear “freak out.”
Enter Costco! I am going tomorrow with my current audiogram to talk about their hearing aids, based on what I’ve read in this forum. Of course I have NOOOOO idea what I’m doing, and as a result, I’m more than a little nervous. This is a substantial investment!
Any advice? Recommendations? Questions that I should remember to ask? Are any brands better for a mild loss or for first aids? If I feel comfortable with the dispenser from Costco, should I just buy what he recommends or continue to shop around? Would I get them on the spot??? (I have already done tons of Internet research which has made me REALLY confused)!