I see you’re from Ireland, I qualified in Wales and a few guys in my class went out to Ireland after they qualified. Not relevant, but just thought I’d share!
On paper, they seem like the same aid, with some pointless bells and whistles added to the 1600.
It was how I thought until by chance I converted a couple of my patients from 1200 to 1600. All of them told me it was like night and day.
My grandfather in law is a veteran of hearing aid usage and he had worn the 1200s for about six months. He then switched to the 1600s and confidently claimed they were TWICE as good. And he is not one for hyperbole.
Of the patients I converted, the results have been exceptional. The key seems to be the integrated real ear measurement, which appears to make a heck of a difference.
All hearing aids that exist (pretty much) are calibrated with a 2cc coupler. A simulated average human ear. Unfortunately, your ears are not necessarily average, and are certainly not the shape of a 2cc coupler.
So when you have integrated real ear measurements with self calibration, it’s like the aid trains itself to the acoustic properties of your specific ear, rather than assuming that your ear is ‘average.’
At the end of the day, it seems to make a heck of a difference. Hands down for just 300 Euro more, I’d get the top of the line.
Out of interest, what price were you quoted there in Ireland?