Hello everyone! I have been lurking here over the past few weeks as I began my hearing aid journey. This site and forum have been a fantastic resource!
Approximately 15 years ago, my significant other recommended that I also be tested, as I often had to ask people to repeat themselves. I had mild to moderate hearing loss at that time, but being in my early 30s, I was too stubborn and proud to wear hearing aids. Additionally, the quoted pricing at the time was a bit out of reach.
Bringing us to today, I was tested once more upon prodding from others and noticing the need myself. Now with mild to moderately severe hearing loss, I started my journey for hearing aids.
My health clinic audiologist demoed the Phonak P90s for me within their office for about 10 minutes. It was hard to gauge the usefulness of the aids from this 10 minutes in a chair in her office. So being in the tech industry, I started my search online and found this forum and Dr. Cliff’s videos, both of which have been excellent resources!
I next demoed the Oticon More 1 for a week from a local audiologist’s office. This demo was an amazing experience. During my first hike with the More 1s, I remember tears of joy from hearing all the sounds I had been missing! That week was an “ear-opening” experience, which made me realize just how much I needed hearing aids. Admittedly, it was tough returning these at the end of the week. The More 1s ability to allow me to hear the surrounding sounds were outstanding. Unfortunately, my insurance does not cover hearing aids, so I decided to try other options before committing to approximately $5K for an unbundled service option.
Thanks to this forum, I found out about Costco and am currently using the KS10s. Being the cousin to the Phonak P90s and only $1400, I would have been remiss not to try them. I have had them for about a week, and admittedly I immediately missed the 360 surround capabilities of the More 1, though I have created an Outdoors program for the KS10s, which helps come a little closer, to the More 1 sound when hiking / outdoors.
One of two areas where the KS10s do shine is with speech clarity. Speech is definitely clearer, even in noisier environments. However, this may be due to the KS10s being fitted with REM, while the More 1s 1 week test did not include this. The next area I enjoy is the technology level. I work within the tech industry, and the classic Bluetooth works better for my needs. Additionally, I like the double-tap features for calls and pausing blue tooth streaming.
I switch between iOS and Android every 2-3 years to stay current with both platforms. I am currently in the middle of the Android period. While the More 1 supported the ASHA protocol, the low power caused the Bluetooth to constantly cut out unless the phone was right in front of me. Additionally, I was unable to connect to my Mac without an additional accessory. With the KS10s, I can leave my phone at my desk and walk to the kitchen or living room while streaming without issue.
It was also great to find that I can wear my over-ear Bose headphones with both the More 1s and the KS10s. They are comfortable and provide improved music sound, noise-canceling, and no feedback issues while working. The AutoSense in the KS10s automatically switches to the music program, though I have created a custom one that has better defaults for my taste. When I go for the follow-up next week, I will see if the default Music program can be adjusted.
I plan to test out the KS10s for a month and then decide to stay or switch to the More 1s. I continue to miss the 360 sound of the More 1s, but so far, the KS10’s combined voice clarity and technology may fit my life a bit better. Though being able to use my over-ear headphones helps alleviate some of the More 1s connectivity issues. This may be a tough decision!
One question, would it be worth asking for another test of the More 1s and paying for a proper fitting to have a true comparison as pertaining to the voice clarity?
Thanks again to everyone on this forum. After spending hours reading pasts posts, you have helped me, and I am sure others, work through the struggles of being new to hearing aids.