About 1 week ago I found this forum and it’s been so helpful for me. Thank you!
I’m a 62 year old with mild hearing loss as shown on my recent audiogram below taken at an ENT. Sometime around January of this year I developed tinnitus with ringing in my ears/head. I’ve been trying to live with it and use a tinnitus masker (white noise) on my PC or iPhone as much as I can. With the gradual hearing loss I have trouble understanding conversation in loud ambient noise situations and in social groups. I’m very reluctant to engage in conversation in situations like this as I know I won’t be able to clearly hear or distinguish the spoken words. Understanding TV dialog is also difficult at times.
So after several years of the gradual hearing loss and now tinnitus I’ve started looking into hearing aids. After seeing the prices of hearing aids at ENTs and specialty hearing aid offices my first choice is to buy one from Costco. However, Costco doesn’t sell one with a tinnitus masker. I’ve very briefly tried a Widex Unique Fusion RIC/RITE BTE with masker ($4K for the pair) in an specialty office and was very impressed. An ENT was kind enough to loan me a pair of Unitron BTE aids for 2 weeks with a little white noise turned on. I’m enjoying this demo but I think the noise and amplification need to be a little higher. Even with the noise on I still notice the ringing a little. The audiologist told me she likes to start with very little white noise.
Based on my audiogram and tinnitus what do you think would be a good model to try at Costco even without the tinnitus masker? I know I want an BTE aid with Bluetooth, so I’m thinking I could stream white noise from my iPhone if the aid by itself doesn’t help with the tinnitus. I have an appointment with Costco in about a week. It’s great that Costco has a 180 day trial. I was surprised that my nearest Costco was booked out about 2 weeks, which concerns me when adjustments or replacements are needed.
From this forum I also learned about Choice Hearing, Hearing Revolution, Connect Hearing, and Zip Hearing. I haven’t tried Sam’s Club yet. Any preferences based on the type of aid I’m looking for?
Thank you for your help and suggestions.