I am testing for a couple of weeks both mentioned aids, at different audiologists.
I have a bias for CIC and this Starkey is such one, actually an ITC due to the size of the largest available speaker it contains.
Unfortunately, I cannot assess yet which one provides me a better speech comprehension, maybe - this is one audi’s assumption - because until now I had aids that are very weak, so I have to learn again to deal with the high frequencies I missed so far.
Could you help me estimate which model is more sufficient for me please?
Or are both too weak?
The gain curves are more or less the same. Also, whereas the Starkey’s parameters are 131 db output/71 dB gain, Phonak offers 133 db output/69 db gain (RIC with hard shell containing the Superpower receiver).
A Phonak rep tried to tweak my Smarts, but he estimated I would need probably at the latest in 1-2 years some more powerful model like the Naida S.
He showed in one of Target’s view of my audiogram that with the Smarts it’s difficult to get enough gain on some high frequencies.
Should I become reconciled to this explanation and give RIC and ITC a miss, by choosing BTE?
I have read here about a lot of interesting topics, like the “Most Powerful CIC”, where Starkey was estimated to be powerful enough for severe losses.
The audi which recommends me them is very optimistic about their adequacy for my loss. Until now, he showed me a fitting range diagram in Starkey’s fitting software according to that there is plenty of power and the aids would have even a lot of reserve in case my loss worsens later on.
This makes me suspicious. I showed him recently the substantially different fitting range diagram I found on Starkey’s homepage, that ends on the Hearing Level line of 110 dB. He at first said that’s incorrect, then later on also that the aid’s chip gets more mileage out of this situation, showing a diagram with some grey extension zone hitting the 140 dB line.
Sounds quite like humbug, or is really considerable optimization by software possible?
He lowered compression parameters, the aids are now much louder, but also distortion is ascertainable when children or women are speaking loudly. This also could be an evidence for achieving the limit in the aids’ power, isn’t it?
Nevertheless the Starkey’s clarity of sound is perhaps a bit better. The Phonak’s directionality features could help a lot, but until now these zoom features are not sufficiently helpful for me.
Thanks for your help & suggestions.
Freq L R
0125 20 20
0250 35 30
0500 45 45
1000 60 50
2000 65 100
3000 90 85
4000 90 80
6000 80 90
8000 65 70