OK…I have worn hearing aids now for about 18 years. Several years ago I got fed up with my very nice woman owned audiology center when one of her subordinates told me I was smirking during her sales pitch. I decided to buy hearing aids that I could program myself. Since I buy most everything online, I ended up with Sound World Solutions Companion Hearing Aids. My right hearing aid connects directly and instantly to my LG smart phone after initial pairing. The android application for programing the aids is on the Google Play Store and works fine for me after I got used to it. Later, I bought an Alead Live Microphone2 Bluetooth wireless mic. It paired easily and connects with my left hearing aid. My Windows 7 laptop also pairs with my left hearing aid.
I can’t use a telephone but I can use my LG smartphone to hold a conversation. I just hold it in front of me or lay it on my desk. I lay the mic on the card table when playing cards with my wife and on my doctor’s desk whenever I have an appointment. It really improves my understanding what is being said.
My hearing aids have built in rechargable batteries that I charge each night. They last about 12 hours of use when new and last about two years. Battery replacement costs $50 but when I mailed one in for replacement, Sound World techs found something to fix and it costs about $100. Sound World had a 25% off sale some time ago and I bought another pair for spares.
These behind the ears aids are not small, probably because the battery is not small but at my age, It makes no difference to me. They suit me fine and work better than my old Audibel hearing aids ever did.
The big PRO is they cost less than $800 for a pair and you don’t have to wear a halter around your neck to enable Bluetooth operation.
The only “con” is that they are not perfect. I still have trouble understanding my youngest grandson but it is some consolation that his mother has trouble understanding him too. Also, my wife still tries talking to me when we are not face-to-face or even in the same room.
Finally, I don’t use the domes supplied with the hearing aids. I buy cheap “3.0mm Memory Foam EARBUDS EARTIPS” from a Chinese seller on eBay.