I m a new member on this comunity, my name is Johnnathan and i am from Lima Perú.
I arrived here because i m searching information for helping my mother to choose a hearing aid. This is the first time she is going to wear a hering aid and for several years my mom has been reluctant about it. She feels she still hear with some normality, although I have to repeat myself and speech her in a paused and clearly way. So, two months ago, we went to the doctor because my mom has a new sound at night and has trouble to getting slept.
The doctor set a clear position, we could not postpone the use of hearing aids, her hearing loss was going from moderate to servere, deep in high frequencies. And the sound was as a result of it, tinnitus, she felt it during the day but in the night it began to intensify more.
Since that happened, I have searched the main brands of the market, I have read reviews about the models and we have approached the distributors in Lima of those brands. This has been a bit disappointing because I do not feel in many of them a real interest in treating my mother and a purely commercial interest predominates in them. There are no multi-brand hearing centers, each brand has its own distributor and I feel that they give a biased version of the solution. In addition, the tests with the hearing aids have been variable.
My mother is 60 years old and is a bit special and demanding with changes or things that destabilize her calm. With the distributor of Starkey, we were offered the Muse BTE I2400, the model is a bit big and it generates stinging on the skin when she wears it, besides it is noticeable, it is not discreet. Regarding its functions, being a 2015-2016 model, my mom felt comfortable with the sound, but she does not believe in wearing it continuously. In phonak, they offered us the bolero-v but we did not get to the trial because they did not give us a good deal. In unitron, they offered us the moxi fit, I researched and I see that with a receiver xP it can be according to my mom, however when testing the size of the speaker and the dome generates occlusion and repetition of her voice. In oticon, they offered us the OPN 1, which I researched and I see that it has been very awarded for its innovative technology, my mother tried them, she felt that the sound was of quality, that the size was discreet and that it did not bother her, however when going out into open spaces she feels too much noise and also her voice feels strange, it is likely that future calibrations can be solved. Finally we went to the Signia distributor, they offered us the Pure 7PX with a M receiver, she is wearing it at this moment, there are no complaints about the sound of other voices, in open spaces she still feels boisterous but not so much than with oticon, nevertheless she feels her own voice in a more strange way than with Oticon, in addition to this, she feels that her tinnitus increases when the hearing aid is removed, as it is a demo version it is probable that the audiologist has not yet programmed the masker. Recently, I found out that Signia has released a new model, the Nx Pure 7px, with an independent speech processor that if I understand it well, It would solve my mom’s problem by listening to her own voice and I imagine it keeps the noise canceling be open technology like the Oticon OPN.
This new model, the distributor in Peru does not sell it and has no scheduled date for sale. I’m evaluating buying it online and hiring the distributor to calibrate the device, however it charges me 20% of the market value of the hearing aid, which I think is too high.
Well this last is another issue that probably will address in another post. I hope I have not bored you with my story, first I must define the model, I am between the Signia Nx and the Oticon OPN, I would like to have your comments and help. Thank you very much in advance.