ok, I just got these for a demo yesterday, I’ll speak to my experience with them over the last 24 hours, and my thoughts on ReSound Assist.
First, holy crap, I think I’m in love. So far, these are the best hearing aids I’ve worn. Let me provide some history.
I started some years ago with the Oticon Duals. They were my first hearing aids. They were ok, I guess, but I kept having issues with them. The left one in particular would either stop working or operate at about 50%. A few years later moved to the Siemens Pure Micons and loved those. A few years after that, I’d met my deductible and my health insurance will pay for new aids so I upgraded to the Siemens Binax. We had a lot of trouble getting these fit. The Micons were easy right out of the box, but the Binaxes took a lot of adjustments and even then, I was half tempted to go back to the Micons but just stayed with them.
Now a few years later, I had a knee surgery earlier this year so I’ve met my deductible and am going to get new aids. I first demoed the Oticon Opns. Hated them. Feedback was terrible, music sounded like it was coming through a 50 year old transistor radio when I was listening in my $3,000 custom car system. Brought those back, just tried the new Signias. Hated them, too. Just sounded like shit. Trying to fit them at the demo session we even brought a Siemens rep on the phone to help. Just never sounded ok and after a few days I took them out.
Went back in yesterday, my audi had just that day received the Linx 3d units so we set those up. My wife is already commenting I’m hearing speech better, and just noticed last night that we had the tv volume about 10% lower than normal and I was hearing better than normal. Stopped at Whole Foods on the way home, it was busy. I usually struggle a bit to hear the conversation from the clerk at checkout, especially if a female. This time, no problem at all. Connectivity is great, music and podcasts from my iPhone sound the best of these 3 units, by far.
The app is really good, but I can’t find the ReSound Assist functionality. Have emailed their support and will call my audi on Monday. These are brand new to her, too. My guess is she has to enable something for that function to show up in the app. The app is great, by the way. The best of the bunch. I can adjust bass, mid and treble in each program. Feedback, control is excellent, too.
So in terms of usage, at this point I’ll be surprised if these aren’t my choice. I’m a day in and LOVING them.
From an audi’s perspective, I would think these would be a hit. My audi doesn’t charge me to come in and get program adjustments, those are free. Now I don’t have to take up time on her schedule. She can make adjustments when convenient, push them to the app and then I can accept or reject them. I don’t have to take the time to make an office visit, she doesn’t have to consume her schedule with a non-revenue producing appointment. Win win.
I think ReSound has a major hit on their hands, here.