On behalf of my 92-yr-old mother-in-law, I ask the gang here: what is the BEST model of iPhone-compatible hearing aid that is IN THE EAR? She would like me to accompany her to her audiologist as her advocate and see if the 3 of us could come up with a solution for my mother-in-law’s hearing issues. She is simply unable to change programs on her current ITE aids.
She has hair long enough to get in the way of BTE or RIE models of aids, and her dexterity & coordination would also preclude the buttons on those kinds of models.
She’s been wearing an older, lower-end Oticon ITE aid for 3 years now, and is UNABLE to change programs pressing the button. I’ve watched her try to change programs, and she is merely boosting/decreasing the volume - she simply doesn’t have the coordination or comprehension to hold the button long enough to change programs.
I was thinking that since she has an iPhone 6S, she may be an excellent candidate for Apple-compatible aids whereby she’d use an app on her iPhone to SHOW her what program she’s in, the volume level, battery life and even use that device as a mic in live listening situations.
Only catch would be that the aid would have to be IN THE EAR and not any unit with a BTE component.
If anyone here has a good recommendation, I’d be ever so grateful! I’d be able to accompany my mother-in-law to her audi and actually get down to the brass tacks with a specific make & model. I see that Costco’s Kirkland model is on the list of Apple-compatibles, but I don’t think she’d get the audi support she needs going that route.