I am a 30 year old male and have conductive hearing loss, about a 30 dB ABG in the lower frequencies, due to 4 failed tympanoplastys (ear drum patches). I am currently evaluating a Phonak Virto B90 and have not been impressed. It does not seem loud enough 90% of the time, I don’t have symmetry between my good left ear and my right ear with the HA in it (especially when listening to music in a vehicle), there is a lot of static, and the AutoSense feature makes it seem like the hearing aid is turning off.
I want to look at a Micro/Mini RIC hearing aid. The problem I am having is, the internet is filled with biased, commercialized information and I can’t find a one stop shop that allows for comparison between the brands that are in the U.S. market right now. How can I find the available options that suit my needs/wants? What I am looking for:
- Discrete (Micro/Mini)
- Allows for a feeling of symmetry between my two ears. This may be due to the filter that trys to block out sounds like wind noise but also blocks out sounds that I want to hear. It may also be because my current Phonak IIC doesn’t have the juice to give me the volume I desire.
- Gives me more control over volume adjustment. I want to be able to make the changes, not the hearing aid since, from what I can tell, the hearing aid doesn’t do a very good job of it
- Allows for the gain to increase with the increase in sound or music. It often feels like the HA only works when the sound levels are at a minimum. For example, when listening to music in my vehicle, my HA will not increase in volume as the music increases in volume
Also, what types of improvements can I expect when switching from an IIC to an RIC? Are there technological or equipment differences between them?