Advice about a set of new aids?

Hi,

I’m new to the forum.

I have worn hearing aids for over 30 years and need to replace my 10 year old pair of Starkeys.

I have a moderate to severe loss and have been looking at Phonak Micropower V & IX. I have also looked into Starkey Destiny 1200 Canal Aids.
I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what to get.

Any advice?

I think the answer is self evident. You are about to replace a set of ten year old hearing aids. If hearing aids lasted you ten years, you did well. The Destiny 1200 is outstanding in my professional opinion. You should get at least 10 years out of them too. When you hear them, you should be very pleasantly surprised.

A good specialist should be able to let you listen to a set of behind the ear Destiny 1200 aids with a disposable ear piece, before you decide to buy the real thing.

I honestly don’t think that Phonak is going to be as reliable as a Starkey. I’ve seen plenty of Phonak patients replacing aids well under five years old in my office.

I am considering replacing 6 yr old Starkey cic which have worked well but am told I can expect better results from newer technology now.
I would prefer CIC but wonder if I may be due to go to bte.
I read a lot about directional microphones and is this considered important.
The primary problem I have now are DVDs and some movie channels.
Thanks Ben

Ben,

Starkey have made some great advances in technology in the past six years. So you can certainly expect something better.

Modern CICs are very powerful, so your loss would have to be pretty severe for you to be forced out of them. In fact the new Destiny technology (nFusion: http://www.starkeynfusion.com/ ) has been fitted to people with an 80% loss successfully in CIC form.

If you want directional microphones you are going to have to consider the next size up, known as an ITC or In The Canal. CICs are generally too small to have directional microphones in them, and their location further behind the tragus makes directional microphones less beneficial.

If you are having problems enjoying DVD movies, I would suggest you consider a surround sound system. These wonderful systems now cost as little as $300 for a good one. They come with all the speakers and amplifier. You usually get a bass speaker, rear left and right, front left and right, and a center speaker.

When you listen to movies the dialog is routed to that center speaker. Just like a traditional stereo you can boost the power to any of the speakers, and in this case with a hearing loss, you can boost the center speaker. This makes the dialog a lot clearer and far easier to hear than when all the sound comes out through the TV.

I’m not saying don’t get new aids, but since you are already going to spend a bunch of money on them, it wouldn’t hurt to invest an extra $300 or so. Although I have normal hearing I personally find the surround sound system greatly enhances my movie experience and the center speaker certainly helps lift the dialog out from all the background noise.

I think you should just stick to Starkey. If your old pair lasted that long, changing to another may be disappointing if it doesn’t work that well.

I think you should just stick to Starkey. If your old pair lasted that long, changing to another may be disappointing if it doesn’t work that well.


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