I am nearing the time I need to return the Kirkland 9.0 hearing aids if I’m not happy with them.
I have an appointment with an audiologist to fit for a pair of Resound to test for a couple weeks ($350 to do this).
So the list of my ‘concerns’ with the Kirklands:
- Not sure it is helping my high frequency hearing issues. My wife hears various appliance hi pitch alarms, and I don’t
- They seem to just amplify, which is noticeable in noisy places, ie. restaurants. Dish and silverware clacking is quite noticeable and I’m not sure hearing is any better in that situation
- BT connectivity: works great to phone, not so well if I hook to a computer. Interestingly, when I get in the car which has BT for phone connection, the Kirkland will automatically hook to the car, then back to the phone when car is turned off…this is a good thing. But hooking to my PC is hit or miss, and even when it hooks, the connection comes and goes
- I still misunderstand people and TV, when my wife understands it perfectly. That of course is a problem with high pitch hearing loss, and I had expected these aids to compensate for that (Frequency shifting?)
Summary of issues: I’m not sure they are doing for me what I was hoping. Although I’m wondering if my occasional not understanding people is just part of life…but then when my wife understands it, I’m thinking in that instance I should rightfully expect the HA to make it understandable for me. I will say, I would hate to lose the auto hook/unhook to the car.
I have a friend that got some Resounds (not sure what model) about the same time I got my Kirklands. He loves them. He told me when he goes into a restaurant, he can press a button on the HA and it quiets the noise. I found that interesting.
I have done a bit of research, if I understood what I’ve read correctly, the Resound Ones are a bit of a pain when wanting to hook BT to various devices, whereas the Phonak Paradise is not. They seemed equal as far as hearing functionality. I will say that the microphone in the ear with the Resound sounds intriguing. Of course, I’m not sure if it’s that much help or not.