I have read through this site and it seems pretty informative. I was hoping to get some confirmation that the advice given my Mother is valid.
She first acquired one aid in 1999, a Resound Sonic. In 2003, as her hearing deteriorated, she moved to the same ITE in the other ear. I can vouch for the fact she can’t hear very well anywhere unless you look directly at her and can speak in a lower register. She really can’t hear in a restaurant or in a group. Her hearing is noticeably worse over the last year to 18 months, a fact to which she freely admits.
Her vendor of choice (also recommended by my internist) is having a sale this month. I checked some of the models using the search engine on this site and of the models on sale, I suggested she look at the Pulse or the Azure. They told her Pulse would be a poor choice but recommended the Azure. With their November promotion, that would equate to $5300 for both ears.
Her complaints regarding the Sonics:
(1) Can’t hear
(2) Battery lasts 7 days and hard to change out
(3) Difficult to insert into canal
(4) Sinus problems complicate wearing
(5) At first she heard well with them, now they “come loose” easily.
I am trying to upload the test results, but the file size limitations cause me to have to split the form into 3 pieces. I’m not sure you can even read it. I don’t know what is meaningful, but I’ll add some readings to the end of this post in case you can’t see the attachment.
Any thoughts are appreciated.
Rt 50% at 75 dB
Lt 100% at 75 dB
Instrument was a Starkey AA - 30, Calibrated 2/14/07
Better link to report: http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/ctouhey/?action=view¤t=20071107PTTest.jpg