So I’ve got about 2 weeks to decide if I want to keep my Bernafon Juna 9s with the Soundgate 3 Bluetooth intermediary. I have a reverse slope loss which makes programming a very trial and error process. Basically the dispenser programs the aids then I give him some feedback after a couple weeks and he makes adjustments. I finally got to the point where I’m getting a good benefit from my hearing aids. Primarily I wear them for work (I am a supervisor in insurance claims so I spend half my time in an office and the other half in the field between boat and motorcycle shops). I take about 10-15 phone calls per week using a work cellphone (not a smart phone). I find the benefit I get streaming the calls via Bluetooth to my hearing aids is tremendous vs just holding the phone to my ear. The connection with my work phone is much more stabile than with my personal phone, iPhone 6. My boss and one of the guys on my team are soft spoken and I had trouble hearing them before. My Costco dispenser adjusted the setting for soft speech and this has helped a lot.
The other primary use for my aids is family functions like bbqs, parties at a restaurant, etc., or just hanging out with my wife and two little kids.
Part of me wants to trial the Kirkland Signature 6 so I can use the phone clip+ with my work cell. I would rather clip the mic to my shirt than wear the neck loop I currently do. It’s not so much vanity because I wear the neck loop under my shirt until I need to use the phone. I just don’t necessarily like the wire touching my skin under a polo shirt. My fear is that if I trial the Kirkland aid then I will lose the ground that has been made so far via 5-6 adjustments on my Junas. I’m not sure if he can just copy the adjustment settings to the Kirkland aid or if we have to start over from scratch. My Costco dispenser is not a fan of any other aids at Costco and pushed the Bernafon very hard. He said the rest were just junk. I know that’s not true, I think he is just a fan of Bernafon because he wears one himself.
The other part of the puzzle is that I was able to make contact with someone who is an electrical engineer and programs hearing aids as a licensed dispenser. He has reverse slope himself and is very aware how to program aids for this type of loss. He recommends me the Resound Lynx2 7 because he realized the top of the line 9 series have featured that would not benefit s reverse sloper thus are not worth the additional money. He would sell me the 7 series for $4200 with mini mic. I would still need to buy the phone clip+ for work purposes since my work cell is not an iPhone.
Sorry for the length of this post. I figured getting the advice of other more experienced hearing aid users would help me make the right decision.
Should I stick with the bernafons because they are currently meeting my needs? Do I try the Costco Kirkland series? I would save about $400 once I buy the phone clip. And I would be able to do more streaming on my personal time via my iPhone 6 for watching Netflix etc.
Or do I forego the convenience and benefits of Costco to deal with a dispenser who specializes in reverse slope hearing loss programming. His practice is an hour from my house and the cost of his aids would mean another $2k out of my pocket. He can remotely program the hearing aids over the Internet so I wouldn’t need to make frequent trips to him if I needed an adjustment. But this could be a pain if something broke,etc. Costco is 5 mins from my house and another one is 20 mins away.