Thank you again for the reply. This is a pretty solitary experience and I really appreciate your thoughts.
Right now, the price of hearing aid’s and professional service puts them far out of reach. I see my path as learning as much as I can, making mistakes, and ultimately becoming a DIYer. My thinking is with that approach I will ultimately be a very informed consumer with the ability to make wise choice on the device and, perhaps as important, understand fitting and programming to really get the best benefit. I am quite tech savy and have a healthcare background so I think becoming a self-sevice DIYer is within reach. It does mean I will try a lot of things that don’t work or are not intended as anything but learning curve experience such as these Bolero Q50 SPs. They are too high power for my loss, but it does seem that for nearly no cost I will gain considerable experience - however that was the reason for my query. I do want to be sure my thinking is accurate and that these will only be a disaster.
I don’t feel it’s fair for me to go to a hearing center and take their time knowing I cannot purchase at their prices. My preconceived perception is that prices are extremely high, upsell pressure is the norm, and actually getting a fit and programming is an exercise of constant revisits to the point of many giving up. The exception seems to be what I hear from U.S. vets using VA services, which I do not have.
Perhaps I am approaching this really all wrong. Don’t see how else to ultimately wind up with good fit and proper programming given the cost of devices and professional services. I’d love to go that route but simply not my reality at this point in time. I cover the expenses of a lot of people so for a few more years my needs are back burner.
Thank you again. Appreciate your thoughts.