Expect them to put the most expensive aids in your ears, and expect the hard sell.
First I intend to buy the top aid in whatever brand I end up with. I’ll make that known up front and remove it from the equation. They are not going to have to push me buy up.
Second just a bit about me. I am technologically savvy and devour information. I manage multi-multi million dollar projects, live on a diet of engineering, scheduling and financial issues, often confrontational, and am basically immune to pressure. I appreciate open and candid discussions; I expect professional, intelligent answers from professional people who are supposed to know those answers and have little patience when they don’t. And I have a very sensitive BS meter. When it is pegged I’m done.
So far, you have been dealing with this from a medical perspective, with the ENT and the MRI and such. You have been dealing with people who care about your health. Now you move into a new realm; sales.
Right. I’ve done my homework there as well. There were no flags raised on my first visit; questions were answered without hesitation, and I don’t expect to have any tomorrow.
Find out the trial period and restocking fee up front.
I have but that is the least of my concern. Competence is my primary concern. Money is down on the bottom of the list.
I paid him once and he never asks me for money again until I want new aids.
That is excellent.
So, what to expect on Thursday? They are going to take your audiogram, program it into the hearing aids, and put them in your ears. At that point you will hear all kinds of sounds you haven’t heard in years.
I am actually excited about that aspect and can’t wait.
Find out if your audi does Real Ear Measurement.
They do. BTW I have spoken in private with 2 HI Specialists and asked what I ought to expect from my provider. One of them is a regular here and his input has been extremely helpful and the other is a personal friend where I would go if he were not 1,000 miles away. Both are very very similar in what they said. Both are fans of Oticon Alta2. The second choice would be the Phonak Audeo V90. So I will start there. If the Alta doesn’t work out—but I suspect that it will—I try the Phonak.
You should be able to give a listen to each of them, but that doesn’t mean you will. It depends on what kind of agreements they have with each of those manufacturers. If you want to give a listen to each of them, you will probably have to insist on that.
I believe they have demo units in all the brands they carry–5 of the big 6.
Different brands also offer different features. Do you have any connectivity needs; smartphone, pc, tv? Hearing aids come with volume control and numerous programs (Noisy Environment, Music, etc). Would you rather use a remote, an app, or the controls on the aids themselves?
I’ll get all the goodies that are available. I don’t have a problem with remotes that sit between the HA and the smart phone. Direct connect between the phone and HA would be nice but it is not high on the list.
Give us an idea of your lifestyle; active or sedentary? Movies, concerts, swimming, sports, large gatherings?
Meetings. Biking. Meetings. Season tickets to the symphony. Meetings. Boating. Meetings. Lots of time on phones and computers. Meetings. Wrestling with the grand kids. Meet…well you get the picture.
Gosh, I could say a lot more, but I think I’m starting to babble.
Not at all. I enjoyed it. The technical aspects I can research. It’s the experience of the persons here that interest me. And I think I’ve read most of the threads you’ve contributed in. All very helpful by the way. Thanks for taking the time to share.