Hello all, and thanks in advance for this great informational forum.
Background: My sister has Siemens Signia hearing aides, the 3PX. I see they are also referred to as Insio Primax 3PX. Her HIS is apparently not the most helpful, saying only if she upgrades can she get better quality sound out of her existing hearing aids. She does not make many adjustments, and when she does it usually causes other issues. The most inconvenient per my sister, is that when she turns the control up for voices/conversations, the background noise is so high it causes her trouble, and the reverse is she can’t hear conversations when the background is turned down.
She is thinking of upgrading her hearing aids, and we are looking at the Signia Insio Primax 5PX or perhaps moving up to the Oticons. She MUST have the in the ear kind of hearing aids, too, the ones that fit over her ears always get knocked out of her ear or tangled up in her hair. So, she has the added pain of that occlusion because she wears custom molds too. The ones before these, had those little ‘gripper’ things at the ends, that irritated her ears tremendously and kept falling out or getting knocked askew. I am a retired Android programmer, and technical re: PC’s and devices and software…I believe I could do just as good a job helping to program her hearing aids, but we understand some are “locked”. I see there is a list, not sure how updated it is…so…
So multiple questions here:
Understanding the need for in the ear, custom fit molds - without being locked, are there any suggestions on the hearing aids we should start looking at?
Which should be stayed away from considering we want the ability to DIY adjust?
Has anyone bought just ONE of a pair, and gotten insurance to pay for the other, or is that prohibited by most insurance companies? I don’t see why THAT should be a problem, but my sister says it probably is…
I see the links for finding and buying the software and hardware for programming, and am hopeful I can work through all that with some help from all the great information you all have here. So, with that in mind, with the hearing aid recommendations you might be kind enough to offer, can you also recommend favored programming equipment?
Thanks a million times in advance,