I currently have the Oticon OPN1 MiniRITE since early 2017, and never fully satisfied with clarity of speech and background noise suppression. (Note: I don’t want a convo about the merits of the old generation of OPN at this time).
I stopped by a new Audi yesterday and got a new hearing test, and got a trial of the Resound Quattros. My hearing is a bit worse in some frequencies but overall similar. The sound so far is very “bright” for me, and many sounds are too loud… it’s like being taken back to the first time I got HAs, so I expected this and will assume I get used to them.
I have a trial for 2 weeks, after which I’ll try the Widex Evokes for 2 weeks, then probably the Oticon OPN-S for 2 weeks. After that, I’ll settle on one of them to take for a full 30 day trial.
In advance of trying all of them, I was wondering if anyone has recent input and feedback on these 3 against each other. My general thoughts after reading through a lot of the comments in past threads:
- As expected, HAs are a personal choice
- ZPower first-gen had huge problems, causing nearly all companies to abandon them in favor of their own lithium ion solution. Oddly, Widex seems to be the one that stuck with ZPower and adopted their 2nd gen.
- OPN platform was pushing their “open” hearing, but in their OPN S added beamforming tweaks presumably due to user and audi feedback. OPN S also added better handling of feedback (which has mixed reviews).
- Resound has been making MFi HAs for the longest, so their platform and app are generally the most realiable, but people have great things to say about Widex Evoke’s platform and app.
- Widex Evoke is commonly raved about for music and by musicians
- Widex Evoke has a machine learning platform which can optimize programs based on input from you on preferences (A vs B preferences). However, how far it can deviate from your audi’s programming is unclear to me, and I haven’t read much user reviews on this impact/benefit of this “learning” capability.
- I’ve read mixed reviews, as expected, on whether one of the 3 are better for speech clarity, wind noise handling and background noise suppression.
Would love more input if anyone has some!