Hi to you all!!!
Firstly, thanks for having this great forum!
My story is : we have a 19 mnth old daughter that was diagnosed at birth with severe hearingloss on both ears. Her audiogram is quite similar for both ear (from 500-70db to 4000-90db). She is our first and only child. None of our families have hearing issues, hence everything is all new to us.
She is using Phonak Savia Art now, but our audiologist have made arrangements to switch to new hearing aids so that our daughter can get better gain in the high frequencies. The audiologist ordered Phonak Naida, but since Oticon has the new product Safari, the audiologist recommended us to try that one. Since it’s smaller and easier to program.
That’s when we started to investigate more about hearing aids. What I read about Naida’s technology seems very good, but I have the impression that Naida’s are hard to program, and since our daughter can’t really give exact feedback I’m worried it will hard to get the right adjustments. The Safari on the other hand is very new, and there is none ‘real users’ feedback yet. But have I understood it right that Safari is equivalent to Chili? Because there is a really good thread discussing about Chili’s features.
Is there anybody who can give me some advice on which one to pick, based on their experience and knowlegde with the technologies?
We talked to another audiologist at a oral school for infant-toddler-preschooler, and she spoke for the Naida for our daughter (based only on the audiogram). I like the fact that it will take away the very annoying feedback whisling (our daughter is getting active and pull the hearing aids out when it whisles), but am not too sure if I like the ‘transposisional stuff’, which supposedly is the most important feature to help our daughter. That’s because I imagine it will sound weird/unatural for her, but maybe that’s better than not any sound at all… She does produce ‘s/sh’ and lately also ‘f’ alike sounds.
Someone also suggested to trial the products, but again, since our daughter is so young, I don’t think we can get a real good feedback from her.
Sorry about the long thread, but we are really in need of help!
Thank you for reading!