Okay, quick summary before the specific topic.
Been looking for hearing aids for a month now. Handful of manufacturers and about sixty brands does not make it easy - even for a “recovering Engineer” who tends to analyze thoroughly before making a decision.
My Costco south of Austin TX could not get me in for an appointment till Nov 23rd. As of Oct 6th I needed hearings NOW for business reasons. Went ahead and took online hearing test and bought the Audicus Wave.
Immediately had a hearing improvement. Only issue was that when listening to music, book tape, or on a phone call I get pausing and skipping. Audicus thought it was a Bluetooth issue so they replaced my first set after trying to fix it. New set did the same thing.
Given that I was under only a 45-day trial I called around and got a hearing test of a Costco on the north side of Austin and had it yesterday - far far more thorough than is possible doing an online hearing test.
Purchased the KS10’s - get fitted Tuesday and will send the Audicus back Wednesday. Note, the Audicus Wave appears to be identical to the KS10’s (i.e., Phonak Paradise chip both I believe). That said, when the Hearing Specialist configured a set for me to walk around the store they seemed to work better than the Audicus - even though the exact same product apparently. This goes to show you the value of a human hearing test versus an online test.
I’m a technology guy so online stuff doesn’t give me any angst. However, it appears this is one case where a thorough hearing test conducted in a sound proof room can provide a better solution.
They did point out that I may still experience the Bluetooth issue I was experiencing with the Audicus Wave where if I put the phone in my pocket or towards my side while listening to music, book tape, or on a phone call I get pausing and skipping. I guess I will have to live with this for a while until Phonak learns to play with iPhone better.
Thank you to all for your insight and help. Looks like I have a solution I’ll live with for a bit.