New here. I am an American living abroad, in the Philippines. I knew I had some hearing loss, but the combination of trying to learn a new language made up mostly of soft sounds and the fact that everything is built of cement and so echoes. Culturally the music is played loud, it is hot we run fans on hi all the time, lots and lots of roosters, dogs, etc…
I also am very active indoors and out. I sweat a lot in this very humid environment. A lot of times you get wet too and there is no where to go and not much you can do about it.
So I went in for a hearing test. They were very thorough in testing and ran air, bone, masked, unmasked, reflex, tympanogram, and speech audiometry.
Then they went right into sales and said for my needs they recommended Unitron’s Unison 3. They did not seem to know a lot about why one model was better than another, etc. Neither did they go into any detail in interpreting the test. But they did give me a copy upon request.
So I am told I have moderate to mild loss. All I know is I guess a lot of words and mistakes happen all the time. The wife and kids are all tired of me saying “what” 4 or 5 times in a row. (As am I.) I think the speech test I scored 76% comprehension. That’s like missing 1/4 of all the words.
I would really like some advice.
Since my problem really is understanding speech in a large variety of environments I was looking for something that does well in speech. Unfortunately this seems to point me to the upper end. I was also looking for something that could handle the heat/humidity and monsoons here. I also wear glasses, different pairs dependent (I have 2 sets of diff bifocals.)
Do the behind the ear interfere with glasses. I see options for glasses adapters. Does the adapter convert it to a glasses hearing aid. Since I wear multiple pairs that seems like it might not be the best choice. I also travel (locally) a bit and I think longer battery life would probably be wise. Stores that handle things are far apart and few. Shipping from the US often takes 45 days or so.
I also sing in choirs and right now cup my hand by my ear to hear myself all the time. I also do this a lot in conversation, of course while driving I can not do that. The cars here rattle a lot and have a lot of wind noise too.
After reviewing online and reading a lot of members suggestions I am leaning towards open fit models. It seems like it would take less getting used to and allow a more natural conversation. The smaller size and the way it blends in cosmetically is appealing too, altho less imp.
I was leaning towards the following choices. Widex : Inteo. I has a remote which seems like it might be handy. It does not seem to have special wind reduction, but does have adaptive directional mikes, data logging?, 15chan, 3,5, or 8 programs???, speech enchancement,… It seems I can probably order it locally and have it shipped in.
Unitron: Indigo (moxi? - glasses??) No remote, has wind reduction, adaptive dir mikes, data logging?, 16 chan, 4set programs + 3progamable, noise reduction, and speech enhancement, it also cost a lot less than the widex inteo and I think I can special order it locally also.
Lastly Rexton: Revo. It has a remote, and it is rechargable or you can use 13a batteries too, 14 chan, data log?, 5 prog, wind reduction, sound smoothing, adapt dir mikes, it also is said to be water resistant and wax resistant. No idea on pricing, but again I think I can special order.
I am willing to consider other brands; hey I can always try. Especially if they are better and cheaper lol. I am on a pension so money really matters. My insurance todate has really worked hard for my needs so I can always try, I hope they are as helpful in this need as well.
I am also an invalid and not expected to live long. But I have outlived all the doctor’s expectations by more than a year and a half and still going strong. God has graciously extended my life and until He calls me home I will live it to the best of my ability. But there is a temptation to 1. do nothing and live with the frustrations, or 2 cheap charlie it. Being so active and trying to make everyday count (especially with family) makes me want to suck it up and get something worthwhile.
So hear / or / here I sit. In the abundance of counselors wisdom is found. Please enlighten me. lol. (If you read and made it this far you must be a man or woman of patience. lol.)