I have been wearing Phonak Audeo S Smart V BiCros aids since 2011. They have been sent back to Phonak for check and refurbishment annually, but are now out of warranty. I have had additional hearing loss over time and am having increasing difficulty with conversation and phone calls. I had an appointment with the audiologist today and he tweaked the high frequency programming to see if there was any improvement. It seems to have helped some.
Since my aids are out of warranty I asked about getting new aids. He recommended Siemens Signia BiCros as a possibility. He said they were relatively new on the market and he had no personal experience fitting them. That immediately raised a red caution flag. Phonak is also a possibility, but I’m not sure the Phonak technology has advanced enough to make replacement worthwhile. I was interested in the Widex BiCros as they have been mentioned favorably on this forum. Unfortunately my present audiologist has no current account with Widex, although he said he had fitted them in the past. I am considering the possibility of using a different audiologist who can also fit Widex. Thoughts?
I have no hearing in the right ear at all. I discussed the idea of a cochlear implant in the right ear with my MD ear specialist. He thought that I would probably not qualify for the implant on Medicare, since I do have some hearing in the left ear. I would have to bear the entire cost on my own. He wasn’t sure that the possible improvement in hearing would be worth the cost, about $34,000. Vic