Ok, I’ll try this again. Thanks for the suggestions. I mentioned this to my latest hearing specialist, called an Otometrist. He evaluated me with the most extensive testing ever over the past month, and his absolute conclusion was that I HAD such loss, that no medium price hearing aid could handle the power requirements. ( my words, not his. I’m not very familiar with audiology terminology nor sound of physics), but this guy was far superior to any audiologist or Certified Dealer of the 6 I went to over the past 4 years.
It’s been a nightmare of the following big problems I seem to have:
1. I HATE anything stuck in my friggin ears!! The sound is horrible, and the discomfort with my many family illness problems make it impossible for me to adjust to much of anything. The BTE with the small hearing “bud” or tulip was super in that they did NOT occlude my ear. So the man went with one of the two best and ONLY hearing aids that would best solve my problems with significant feedback on occlusion, very nerve-wracking feeling of “stuffed ears”, and going back to feeling like I’m hearing “in the bottom of a deep well!” I hate that, and cannot tolerate it.
2. The hearing aid best to use he said was the Unitronic Indigo Power Aid, rather than the Moxi. The Moxi he said has problems with the internal speaker inside getting clogged up, and requiring constant cleaning ( I think) and requiring replacement internal speakers with some frequency, like every two years. A really good aid he said should last with minor adjustments for some 7-8 years. But this one just is too horrible after he said I would of necessity NEED molds and more close-fitting occluding aids with vents. The vents are absolutely the necessity to prevent the bad feelings I have with any former totally occluding aids. So this was a step backwards. Do you understand what I mean? I can’t go on another month like this, and this guy will be a pain to keep after me for the $5400 and working with this aid. So I told my wife to keep the peace, to take the aids back and I’m done with it. I cannot adjust to any hearing aids within 4 weeks, then lose all that money. I’ve already lost thousands with current dealers.
I had the half-shell Phonak 4 years ago, which was a disaster with little options for improvment. Cost $2700. Next within another year or so, I reluctantly tried a big huge advertising audiologist who pushes NO hearing aid but the “best”,which is her big partner,STARKEY! Well, Starkeys are NOT the best for everybody, and I got stung for 4500 on those. After only 6 weeks, I had to take the Starkey back, and only got 3500 back. So the woman made a nice $1000 in 6 weeks. I swore never to pay up front again.
Next I tried a Hearing Aid Licensed Dispenser with another long term dealer in town pushing the Phonak Savia. But he said due to my costs, and need for more limited costs, he felt he could take care of my needs with an Audina Sparo. Cost: 2800. Guess what? " Not powerful enough". So he powered them up to what was a God-awful feedback ring that was deafening. He adjusted it, then said I needed a mold and a Starkey. WEll, to hell with that!
Now maybe you can understand why I’m too fed up to deal with nor trust any hearing aid people anymore?