I’ve contacted Choice Hearing, Hearing Revolution, and Connect Hearing, based upon what I’ve read here, and also because they carry several brands I’m interested in. Here is some ramblings about my contact with them and more questions in particular on Phonak.
Choice Hearing, they have no providers close to me, in fact they are further away than Costco. I also really wanted to talk to one of their audiologist providers but they would not give me a contact information. They simply want to schedule an appointment so they can get me into their providers office. So I haven’t a clue who I would be dealing with. Their prices are pretty good though.
Hearing Revolution, they have networked providers all over the country, yet they would not give me a contact information. They simply want to schedule an appointment with ‘someone’ who I can’t talk with or research, similar to Choice.
Connect Hearing, their website did show me providers. I started calling the closest one…got answers machines. Using Google Maps street view, they look like dumps. I called a third one (getting further out about same as Costco)…and finally got someone to answer the phone Pleasant office worker. I asked if I could email my audiogram, have the audiologist review and call me. They said sure! Next day she did…and we talked for ONE HOUR AND A HALF. I gave her zero help, wanting her to independently make a recommendation. She recommended Phonak Audeo series, either the V90 or V70, and also said Widex would be a good choice. Surprise…the same general recommendations I got here. She said both do similar functions with the frequencies (I wasn’t aware from reading here that Phonak did it similar to Widex). She used this explanation in explaining the two HAs. Picture a bench with 4 people sitting on it, which represents the lower frequencies. Widex audibility extender will move higher frequencies down, and it would be like added another person sitting on one of those 4’s lap. Phonak with it frequency transfer (she used a specific term and it escapes me at the moment) position the higher frequency between the 4 sitting on the bench. The good bad of this, dunno. She said other Phonak’s would not help me, had to be the Audeo, implying they do not have the same technology. I learned latter the Bolero was newer than the Audeo, but we did not discuss the Bolero. Here’s the kicker…$6500 for the V90, around $5500 for the V70. I ‘sense’ some discounts could happen though. She also commented my hearing will continue to deteriorate (which I kind of seeing now) and other hearings aids may need to be replace 4-5 years, the Phonak have enough power they will not. She’s obviously a Phonak fan over the Widex, in fact she wears HAs, Phonaks. I also discover Connect Hearing is the old Hometown group. So…I like what she had to say, I do NOT like the prices. I hope….the audiologist at Costco will have traits like this person has. I find it pretty refreshing, and unusual for an audiologist to spend that kind of time with me, not having a clue who I was. Makes me want to do business there.
Since Um bongo implied Phonak or Unitron…and given above, I definitely will try the Phonaks. I’m the type of person that will not lean on an audiologist like I talked to, to do in office trail fittings etc…knowing I can’t cut the $6500, even though I’d really like to hear them on my ears. If I was, I’d trial the Widexs too….but they have to make a living too, and unless I resolve myself to maybe pay that, just ain’t going to do it. How I get there do to pricing not sure. I did tell her, I plan on going to Costco, and by making a big loop out of my trip, I could easily at least a visit to their office, somewhere down the line,
Questions, what is the difference between Audeo and Bolero series?
What is the difference between Audeo V90 and Audeo Q90?
Do any Phonaks at Costco compare to the Audeo series?
With Phonak coming out with Bolero, if the Audeo technology is not at Costco now…do you think it soon will be?