I have been wearing a pair of Oticon Syncro hearing aids for several years. I have had numberous problems with them including, corroded batteries, broken battery doors, the need for constant “tweeking” by my audiologist and for the last six months sever feedback problems with one of the instruments.
I received the mailing from Zounds and after the last round of solutions to the feedback problem didn’t work I decided to go in and see what Zounds had to offer. The price did seem to be too good to be true.
I was finally able to get into the local Zounds office on December 30, 2007. They tested my hearing, programmed a couple of mini BHE units and I have been wearing them ever since. They are great!! I hear much better with them than with the Oticons. There is NO feedback issues with them at all. I can listen to music at any volume, go to church and really enjoy the music now where before I would get whistling when the organ or instruments hit various notes.
This past Saturday, my wife and I went out to a restaurant for breakfast. The place was very crowded and noisy but I was able to not only hear but understand every word my wife said. Something not possible with the Oticons.
I really like the remote control which allows me to adjust the program to the enviornment I’m in like, “dining,” “party,” or “music.” I can also adjust the volume level in each ear for meetings or tv and if I want, change the bass or treble ends of the spectrum also. However, most of the time I leave the hearing aids in their original program states. The frequency range of the Zounds is much broader than the Oticon units and the speaker is in the ear canal. It took a little getting used to the foam sleeves in my ear but I found that if I push them in and then pull them out just a bit they are very comfortable. Most of the time I don’t even realize they are in my ears except I can hear.
Another feature that I really like is the rechargable batteries sealed inside the unit. Every night I just place the aids and the remote in the charger and they are ready to go in the morning.
So, if you are shopping for hearing aids, give Zounds a try. They may work for you also.