Shannie, I just tried out the Phonak Smart V hearing aid today. I’ve gotta say, it was nice! The audiologist put it at the high level so I could see if I heard any high frequency white noise coming out of the hearing aid at the final setting. I went into the sound booth and didn’t hear a thing. She also set the low frequencies high for me as that’s where my highest loss is, and it was nice. She then turned the hearing aid down to the second setting ( they work you up to the 4th setting over a couple of weeks). Sounded great. And I could hear better than without the hearing aid.
I’m getting the iCom/TVLink for it as TV is where I’m currently having trouble. I don’t like turning up the TV as I do not want to mess up the hearing in my good ear. The Phonak Smart is so small I kept mentioning the size, because I couldn’t get over it. It’s like a penny folded in half. But thinner. Can’t wait to see how well the bluetooth cellphone works with it. So far I have never liked bluetooth headsets. I’m getting the blue one. Noone will see it, it’s too small.
Anyway, I’m just telling you this as I seem to have a similar loss as you, but only in one ear.
My audiologist wanted me to try the Widex Mind as it’s good with low frequencies. But she said it does have high frequency white noise. I didn’t want to hear the high frequency white noise, so I tried the Phonak and was happy with it.
As my hearing loss gets worse (otosclerosis) I’ll be able to adjust it. When my loss becomes severe, then I’ll change to a BTE hearing aid. Hopefully your loss won’t progress as fast as mine will.
Oh, almost forgot, the Phonak Smart is a BTE with receiver in the canal. She used a closed (Tulip) piece in the ear.