OK, no doubt impossible for anyone to answer. I don’t know how to upload my hearing profile, didn’t get anything like that after my test. I’ve known I need HAs for some time. Left ear is worse than the right, but now the right has declined enough that I can’t count on it. I recently found I play the stereo in the car so that it is too loud for my wife. Hearing is not so bad that I’ve had trouble functioning or been obviously hard of hearing, but I do struggle sometimes. Sometimes in company I’m aware others are hearing something that I can’t in the conversation. The graph in the test is a slope, loss of high frequencies but still have bass and lower mid tones, especially in my left ear. So, time for HAs.
After chatting and asking a few questions, the audiologist quickly zoomed in on the Oticon opn3 as being good enough. She’s had good luck with them, and in my hearing test I did amazingly well at the part where I distinguish a voice among background noise – amazing considering I did more poorly on the tone hearing part of the test.
I work at home, socialize some, go out for live music some. At my desk I have stereo speakers, which I enjoy listening to at volume loud enough for me to hear. (even so I notice in recent years I can’t understand song lyrics as well as I used to).
In reading a bit after my appointment, I see that some of the features of the opn2 and opn1 might be subtle but maybe worth paying for. That’s my question, though I’m sure it’s hard to answer. I read one review of the opn3 by an opn1 owner, but probably few people have tried both. My concerns are the opn3 has an attenuated dynamic range of 95db, compared to 115db of the opn2. Also that the “Clear Dynamics” or whatever might make a subtle difference in clarity.
But the difference is about $600 greater per ear, no trivial matter for two ears.
I asked my audiologist, and she said why not try the opn3 for the trial period, and I can upgrade if I feel like it during the 30 days. She seems quite confident that the opn3 will be good enough for me, I guess partly knowing the extent of my hearing loss. The thing is that while the opn3 is very likely to be much better than my uncorrected hearing, and I’m guessing I will be pleased with it, but without trying the opn2 I don’t know how much better it might be.
I’m inclined to just go along with the cheaper and good enough solution, and I very much appreciate the audiologist’s lack of pushing an up-sell. But I also know it’s hard to know if the other one is better enough to be worth paying more for.
When I was young, I got a quite good pair of stereo speakers, which I enjoyed a lot. I could enjoy decent or OK speakers, but when I heard very good speakers I could appreciate they were better, and they were worth paying more for. The HAs will be my speakers for everything, not just some sofa-stereo time. These days I would not pay a lot for a pair of premium stereo speakers, of course – would be a waste.
I have until July 10 to decide if I want to go for the opn2 instead of the opn3 right out of the gate when I get fitted on July 24.
Opinions? Experience? Thanks!