Does anyone here have an opinion on these aids?
They are fantastic hearing aids. They can hit most prescriptive targets and are very effective in the presence of background noise.
I have been test-driving a pair of Phonak Brio R312Ts for almost 3 months now and I have decided to keep them. Some things work well, some not so well. I have the telecoil program set as program 2 and I must say that I am very impressed with it. I no longer avoid the phone at all costs as I did before. With the binaural streaming technology, calls now come through loud and clear on the land line. Same with the cell phone. I have the ComPilot remote, but find I don’t need to use it with the cell. I just switch to the telecoil when the cell phone rings and calls come through 5 x 5. I also have the TV streamer and can now listen to the news for the first time in 20 years without having to read the subtitles. With a bit more fine tuning, which I am doing myself, I think I can improve the TV streamer for general TV watching. At a restaurant this evening, I sat across from my wife and could hear her quite well, in spite of a number of noisy kids nearby, much better than with my previous HAs. I was using a separate speech in noise program which focuses on the person across the table. Most people in a one-on-one situation, I can hear well, however I occasionally run into someone who is almost totally unintelligible. A man came to the house today to install some new appliances and I hardly got a word he said, although my wife had no trouble hearing him. I can work on the fine tuning and hopefully improve that situation. Battery life is a bit short, I only get 4 to 5 days use.
I have found the Costco fitters knowledgeable and competent. And you can’t beat the price or the 3 month trial period.