(posting again here because this channel seems like a better fit)
My wife is 30 and for the last 5 years has been dealing with hearing difficulties. Took the doctors in our area forever to figure out it was Otoscrelosis. They gave her a completely-in-canal hearing aid that worked well for 2 years until I stepped on it. Expensive accident.
Either way, in returning to the same doctors, we were very unhappy so we turned to a hearing specialist who recommended the NOW 165 ($2000) and he let her take home a model to test. She loved it. Notice the small nuances of sound I take for granted (feet on carpet, smacking of lips, etc).
But, because of our budget, we returned it and tried living with her repaired aid. It was okay for a few months but now it’s buzzing and chirping and vibrating, etc.
But, my questions are…the NOW 165… (a) does $2000 seem too high? I understand if not. We paid just slightly less for her last. (b) we got conflicting stories from several people we visited. Some seem to say that over-the-ear style was mickey-mouse while the specialist told us it was the only way for her to get the power she needed. He was not pushy in anyway but suggested that she had not been receiving the proper amount of volume and thus was loosing detail distinction.
So we are in dire need to choose an aid quickly. She isn’t able to enjoy life with me or our two year old because of the discomfort and lack of proper communication. At the end of the day, if we’re getting ripped off and choosing wrong…at least we know that NOW 165 gave her some real joy in hearing.
Any direction? Opinions. All is welcome. Thanks!
Joel in Southwest Missouri.