Over the last three months I have tested some hearing aids and made some conclusions – that may be of interest.
To begin with, I approached two different hearing aid sellers, Costco for the low-end and a private audiologist for the high-end. I had hearing tests done at each seller. The first one was the audiologist who fitted me with a trial aid, a BTE Oticon Agil Pro. This was a US $6300 system that was really top notch. It provided me with pretty good control in noisy restaurants while improving the TV and higher tones. It really made my computer keyboard click!
Next I went to Costco and had another hearing test. The technician The second device was from Costco and was the Bernafon - Chronos 7. The technician said there was a higher end model, the Chronos 9, but it’s only distinction was the added music channel. I wound up purchasing the Chronos 7 for $1900 and tried it for three weeks. Now, in my opinion, this device was not comparable to the Opticon. During that time the technician made some adjustments which improved my hearing performance but it was not enough. The key problem was the noisy restaurant scenario and the inability to clearly pick out sounds. And, my computer keyboard did not click.
Well, I did some research on the Bernafon web site and listened to a video on the Chronos 9 and True Directionality. Well this sounded (sorry for the pun) like what I was looking for. So, I went back to Costco and exchanged the Chronos 7 or a Chronos 9. So, was there a difference – absolutely. The 9 model is in my opinion almost identical to the Agil Pro. The noisy restaurant problem has been solved and sounds are clearer and more directional. And, my computer keyboard clicks again.