I am in Canada, new to the forum, and approaching 70 in age. I would be interested in any advice you can provide on how best to approach a first HA purchase. In my teen years I suffered some permanent hearing loss in the mid frequency range in my left ear only, due to shooting large guns without hearing protection. Had some extensive testing done when I was in my 20’s and it was determined the loss was permanent and due to the lack of hearing protection. Since then, I have been very careful in using hearing protection both at the gun range and at work. I can’t say this loss caused me much difficulty over the years. Now, however, I am starting to have issues which I suspect are simply age related and probably in both ears (in addition to the specific loss in the left ear).
The most significant situation where it is affecting me is in a moderately noisy restaurant when I am trying to engage in conversation with others at my table. At a recent dinner I probably missed over 50% of the discussion. Watching TV is not a problem and I don’t listen at real high levels that I have seen others with hearing loss use. Understanding what someone says in another room in the house when there is background noise (like the TV) is also a bit of an issue.
So that is the situation. It does concern me that even with a HA the noisy restaurant situation can still be a problem, so it makes me wonder how much I will really get out of a HA?
We live in walking distance to a Costco, and are long time members. So, either the Kirkland Signature model, or one of the other ones they carry would be a preferred choice. On a quick look I believe in Canada they also carry the Phonak Brio 3 R-C, Resound Vida and Rexton Adore.
My current plan is to try and understand what these things could do (and not do) for me, with a focus on the KS 8.0 for now, and how others might compare. As I have it figured it would seem the KS 9.0 is probably due to be released in July or so. And, I also gather there is about a 3 month delay on the introduction in Canada. So my thoughts were to go fairly soon and get a hearing test at Costco just to verify I need a HA and what type would be best. Then I plan to use the time to get myself up to speed on the technical jargon that seems to be unique to every brand and get a better understanding of what these things do. Then when the KS 9.0 is released in the US, I would make a decision on whether or not to wait for it, or just buy the KS 8.0, or another model Costco offers.
So, before I jump in, I would be interested in all comments about how this approach may work, and any suggestions you may have on what features would be most important to look for. I am not a smartphone user, and would hate to have to buy one just to use the HA’s.