Hello - this forum is very helpful, thank you for all who contribute. I have decided I must get hearing aids for typical sensorial loss, although one ear is much worse and has been for many years - worst reading on R ear is 60db @6k, and L ear is 80db @ 4K.
I am located in Bermuda where we have one audiologist/hearing aid vendor. They apparently offer Phonak and Oticon and seem to have good knowledge of OPN programming. But their pricing seems very odd. They offer OPN1 at USD$ 9,400 a pair, OPN2 at $7,000 a pair and OPN3 at $5,200 a pair. There are no special costs such as duty that a Bermuda firm would face importing the units. Labour costs here might be 20% higher than the US.
Can any forum members tell me what the equivalent full service audolist pricing would be for the OPNs for comparison purposes on the US east coast? It may be more cost effective for me to fly to NY or Boston several times for fitting.
If I order on-line, I am worried about the level of difficulty to deal with any fitting issues and programming changes as it appears to take some time and effort to get everything adjusted for a first time HA user.
I am fairly competent with technology, is the level of difficulty to acquire the OPN interface and software for self programming very significant? That could be another option for me.
Appreciate any information that anyone can provide. I am also a bit worried about warranty but will address that if I chose to purchase online or via a full service audiologist.