I’ve tried reading through other threads, but I’m still confused. I’m trying to decide between two hearing aids (at two different hearing aid places). I have mild hearing loss with a “cookie bite” pattern. Basically I have trouble in meetings – especially conference calls (which I do quite often) or people how talk quietly and/or have heavy accents (again, quite common in my work). I do notice it at other times, for example, in a restaurant with the radio on, I can tell the radio is on and discern that they are talking versus playing music, but I don’t know what song is on or what they are saying – but my dining partner does. My audiology details are as follows:
250 25 15
<O:p500 25 20
750 45 40<O:p</O:p
1000 60 55
1500 45 45
2000 35 40
3000 35 45
4000 30 45
8000 10 35
SRT 40 35
Both ears get 100% discrimination at 35dB below (or is it above? – the dB number is bigger) SRT.<O:p</O:p
I’ve seen two hearing aid places (one recommend by my ENT and other where my dad goes – he has Meniere’s and I don’t, so our hearing loss is not the same) and both suggested different models. I’ve decided that I like the BTE option (partly because, as one of them pointed out, I do have normal hearing in some frequencies and plugging my ear with an in the ear model would snuff that out).
The two options are the Dream 220 D2-PA or the Unitron Latitude 16 MODA-II. The Dream looks like a value model while the MODA-II is more a middle to upper middle model. The big difference that I can see (and I’m not sure that I care) is that the MODA-II has a telecoil and the Dream doesn’t. I did read somewhere (not sure if it was here) a couple people say that they’d never buy a hearing aid without telecoil, but I’m not sure why (and if, given the level of my loss) it really matters for me. It also appears to have more programs. The MODA-II will cost be quite a bit more (about $700), but I’d rather pay more to get a better product (for the record, the Dream 330 is another about $350 more than the MODA-II).<O:p</O:p
Any advice would be greatly appreciated – I’m so new to this hearing aid thing.