I only stumbled on this website last night. Wish I knew about this earlier. It’s a fantastic forum. Thank you to the people who started it and keep it running.
I live in Australia and cannot claim health insurance on any hearing aid purchases yet (waiting periods!) . Here the prices seem quite a bit higher than in the US even with the exchange rate accounted for. Less competition perhaps but not good for a young person such as myself trying to save for a house deposit too! Some places charging well over $10,000 for a pair. And many only fit 1-2 different brands. So it is very hard to get good objective advice.
I also do not have access to any recent audiogram as the audiologist did not give that out! I only know that lower frequencies loss is moderate about 70db with the loss increasing up to 90bd loss in the higher frequencies. My left ear is slightly worse than my right ear max loss being about 90-95bd loss in high frequency range.
My working environment is very challenging at times as I work in a hospital in varied departments (operating theatre, emergency department and on the wards) and it is very important that I understand what my consultants/registrars and patients are saying.
I am currently using Axent III mini ITC with ok satisfaction (fitted May 2006). At times I feel I need back-up HA when one temporarily malfunctions but the cost!!
Accounting for price, quality, features (bluetooth capabilities a plus) and cosmetics (a big one!) which make and models are most recommended and why? I can’t seem to decide between Oticon, Phonaks, Starkey, Widex or Seimens. The advice on this forum varies so much from one article to the next and one audiologist to the next.
Does anyone know what price should be acceptable in Australia?
Should the audiologist/hearing aid dispenser provide a loan HA whilst the other is being sent off for repairs?
I really appreciate any and all input.