I am in the process of choosing a hearing aid to help with my cookie bite hearing loss and tinnitus. We are also in the process of moving, so I need to purchase in the area we are moving to. My audiologist here has been very helpful, even advised me to wait until after the move to buy, so wouldn’t have to travel 250 miles, or pay through the nose, for maintenance.
Since February, I’ve tried demos of ReSound, Phonak, and Siemens (I don’t know the model names). ReSound and Siemens were extremely helpful and I wore each for about 3 weeks. Phonak was miserable and I returned the demo within 48 hours.
My husband’s new insurance offers hearing benefits through Hear In America. They set me up with a local audiologist. He is recommending Widex over the others due to its tinnitus program, but no demo. They offer 45 day trial, with $300 restocking fee if I don’t purchase. What worries me is, he kept referring to my hearing loss as “reverse slope hearing loss”. That is different from cookie bite, isn’t it? He was talking about the difficulty of amplifying lower frequencies, when mid range is where I am having trouble. This has me doubting him, his advise, AND his ability to properly program any HA’s I do purchase. I don’t know that I have other options locally.
I’m realizing that I REALLY have to do my homework, but don’t know where to start. It seems as if the information available is deliberately confusing. Also, I find it difficult to swallow a potential $300 restocking fee on an aid that may be completely inappropriate.
Any advise from people with experience in these matters would be greatly appreciated.