My last set of HAs are Siemens (approx. 7 years ago) Analog in canal style. Before that, I had a set of Miracle ear (approx. 12 years ago) similar style.
Like everyone, I want it all at the least possible price. I typically only use the aids when in a meeting at work, giving presentations, conference calls, or watching TV or going to the movies. I know this sounds like a lot, but seriously I only used the last two sets maybe a couple days a month as an average. I hated wearing the aids in the truck, I couldn’t wear the aids outside because of the wind noise. Anything active was strictly out of the question. I would guess my hearing loss is classified as moderate.
My main question is- how much has the quality of sound changed in 7 years? I’m not set on one certain style, it sounds like there are a lot more BTE designs out there now than there were 7 years ago. I can’t justify going “high-end” when the aids are only supposed to last 4-7 years.
Other questions I have are-
Is one design or brand more durable, longer lasting, or more reliable than another?
Is one brand or model geared towards more “natural” sounds? Both of my last sets didn’t transfer music well at all (in my fogged preception of course).
Thanks in advance for any advice.