I have been wearing Starky Endeavour CIC’s for 5 years with mild to moderate hearing loss. The Starky’s have 3 programs and have done an OK job but I am ready to try something better.
I have been reading this forum for the last 6 months and have found it very informative and helpful in narrowing my search for the best HA’s based on my job demands (lot of business meetings in restaurants and convention centers).
I have narrowed it down to 2 models, Siemens Centra Active or the Phonak MicroEleva.
My problem is, Why should I pay a local Audi over 2 times more for either model?
I can purchase a pair of the Siemens Centras for $2399 (with charger and wireless remote) on the internet with 60 Day money-back guarantee, professional read of my test results and programming. If they need adjustments, any HearUS will do it for $50.00 a visit or the provider will make adjustments for a year for free if I send them back. My Audi wants $6000 (with an $1100 discount) for the same aids plus $158 for the charger and another $161 for the remote.
No ear molds are necessary, I had my ENT do my current test and from all I have read in this forum, the newer digital aids are easier to “fine tune” with all the auto-features and 16 discrete channels to work with.
I understand my local audi has an overhead to pay but I find it hard to justify almost $4000 more for the same hearing aids.
Can somebody tell me why I should pay such a premium? I could understand a $1000 or even $1500 more…but $4000…???