Would you call this a flat-line moderate hearing loss?
I have stumble around with lower end cic aids for ten years or so and job performance has suffered dramatically. I go to court a lot and it is essential that I hear. I am also tired of the in the ear discomfort and want to try bte open fit.
I am looking at the following online approximate offers:
Oticon Delta 8000 $1600 (all per aid)
Resound Metrix Mini $1500
Sonic Innovation Ion $1300
HearPod D.M. 32xd (or III?) $1000
I was about ready to go with the Oticon Delta 8000 and someone expressed concern about whether an open-fit is powerful enough at the low frequency, as my audiogram is not “optimal” for open-fit. Problem is, I was really hoping open-fit would suffice, so that I would be more likely to wear them all the time.
Several of the salespersons keep saying they have had really good results with the Metrix Mini. I do not wholly trust online salepersons to give me un-biased advice (that is not meant as derogatory, it is just that I suspect advice may be influenced by product line and profit margin).
I notice posts on this forum have praised the Sonic Ion and the HearPod, so I have recently added them for consideration.
Is money ever not a factor? However, since my hearing is so related to my job, quality of hearing overrides dollars. Still, I can’t justify in-office prices of $8,000 for the Delta 8000 vesus the online price of about $3200.
Can the Delta 8000 handle my low frequency loss and still preserve the open-ear feature? How about quality and sophistication on the other aids?
One further query. I can’t find a “consumer reports-like” publication about hearing aids. It seems ever “review” I locate is marketing tool of the hearing aid company. Any referrals?
Help. Comments please. Thanks in advance.