I’m trying to better understand how the different hearing aid models compare with each other, particularly at different price points. Until recently, I only wore CICs, but several months ago I added a mid-priced RIC to the mix…mainly because I wanted to hear even better in certain situations.
It’s true, my RIC does work better than any of my CICs have, purely from a hearing perspective, however there are definitely draw backs (like visibility, and mobility, etc.). As a relatively young (and single) man, the RIC is not ideal for sports or other physical activities, and frankly, there are still social occasions where I would prefer the option of wearing my CIC instead of my RIC. So I guess my question is this…
Is there a high-end CIC that can compete with my mid-priced RIC for sound/hearing quality?
I guess another angle on my question is…
Will the cheapest RIC still provide better performance than the most expensive CIC?
I’m not really clear on what money buys, when looking at the different price levels of models. It seems like more expensive aids mostly get you more bells and whistles features, but not necessarily more power. Or can price really make a noticeable different, even within model types?
To be specific, I’ve got an Oticon Ino Pro (RIC) and I’m pretty happy with the performance. But for my next purchase, I’m wondering if there are any CICs – regardless of price – than can come close to matching it?
Thaks for any thoughts.