I’ll try to work this backwards.
This will be my 4th pair. I’ve wrn aids since 1983 so aids in general are not new to me.
Can’t say if my loss is stable. I haven’t had my ears checked since I got my present aids (Phonak Claro 21) 9 1/2 years ago. I’ve only had a few repairs (microphones) and a few adjustments since and they have sered me well. They were good technology in that era.
The left aid is about worthless right now as I believe the microphone is shot. I get my beeps when changing channels and feedback squeals when installing them, but no amplification even when bumping up the volume with the remote. The ear molds are cracking and the rough edges sometimes irritate my ear canals. In other words I think it’s time to quit feeding a dead horse and get new ones. Better technology and all.
I could go to any number of HA dispensers, but I trust the one I have dealt with before and so can’t get in till May 21st. In the interim I am wearing my Walker Game Ears and can say I am not at my best with them. They work fine to amplify sounds in the woods, but are not for everyday use.
Anyway, the reason I asked about Audiometrics is that my present Phonaks cost $5200+ in Nov 2002. I’m not looking to repeat writing another check like that if I can help it so I’m doing a lot of homework.
I don’t have a complete breakdown of my last test, but it looked like this:
500… 25 …35
1K … 35 …50
2K … 55 …60
3K … 75 …85
4K … 80 …90
6K … 65 …45
8K … 35 …35
And now a question for any of the experts here. How would my hearing loss be classified according to these figures? And would you recommend an RIC or RITE aid for me. If not then what would you recommend.