Long time lurker, trying to educate myself before taking the big financial leap. I’ve really appreciated soaking up so much knowledge here. Hearing has been declining for approximately five years. Finally got two audiograms from two different audis and the results are very close (posted most recent in profile). I’m told my prescription is “straight forward” for HA, and I have a loaner pair of Widex Evoke 440’s in right now. After 1.5 full days of use, I’ve noticed a vertigo type feeling consistently for the first couple hours of wear, gradually tapering down to a intermittent vertigo feeling for the rest of the day. I want to believe my brain is just “getting used to” the new processing, but I definitely could not deal with this feeling each day. To be fair, I’m not sure how much the audi customized this loaner pair to my prescription. I felt like I was in there for a while, but definitely no REM. She just had me listen for sounds in each ear and tell her when I heard them, similar to the test in the booth.
So my question…does my audiogram appear to be a good candidate for at least trying KS8’s (or KS9’s hopefully soon)? Even with my insurance coverage I’m quoted over $3,500 out-of-pocket for these Widex Evokes, and I’m not inclined to pay more than I need to, although my hearing is super important to me and I’m willing to pay for the quality of life bonus. I do understand that each product is different for each person, and test driving is the key. I guess I’m just curious if anyone can look at my audiogram and throw out an initial suggestion or two.
Again, thank you everyone. For 1.5 days I’ve been hearing sounds I haven’t heard in years and it’s motivating me to get moving on this process. Take care.