Well after years of denial i am getting hearing aids.
I would like to get IIC as i am self conscious about hearing aids. i do see a distinction between vanity and being self conscious and consider myself the latter.
I have read tons of reviews, watched Cliff Olsen videos etc and need to make a choice.
i was sent a sample of Eargos to try. very comfortable but as Dr. Olsen points out they do NOT have real ear verification so likely will not be the “best” choice as far as correction in certain frequencies.
However they are fairly inexpensive at about $2,500 a pair.
My other choices have been narrowed to phonak Titanium and Starkey Soundlens IQ.
Both of these are at least twice as expensive.
Yes there is Seimens, Oticon etc but like buying a car one needs to narrow the field and i am done to Starkey vs Phonak if i don’t get argo.
Starkey and Phonak both have real ear verification so i know the aids will correct for my particular frequency losses.
Are they worth the extra money ??
I draw this analogy: If I were to get eyeglasses which did a good job of correcting my vision (think Eargo) I’d be OK. However ii f I then went to an eye doctor and got the perfect glasses for my visual deficit I’d likely be amazed at how much clearer things were.
I am seeing an audiologist this week and need to decide if I should do a trial with custom aids or instead do a trial with the Eargos.
Both at no risk financially.
Also i like that the Eargos have rechargeable batteries which allegedly last about 3 years. The idea of changing batteries every 3-5 days does not thrill me.
Any thoughts or experiences would be most welcome.