I have moderate mid and high range hearing loss and clearly need hearing aids. I believe they call it ski slope loss. Starts at 1000 Hz and slopes down from there. Lowest is 80 Db at 8000 Hz.
I’ll get a copy to put in my sig.
My audi suggested so called RIC aids for my loss as they will allow for “directionality” and other features he feels are important. Says in ear aids don’t have enough microphones etc for streaming or directionality discrimination. I am very active physically (gym, mountain bike etc) not so much socially e.g theater, concerts etc. if that matters
I currently use an Android phone and everything I read says I phone is in some ways better as i will not need an intermediate device unless i get the Audeo Direct however this only streams into one ear with Android.
So i have really just 3 questions:
As I have no loyalty to Android am i better served getting an I phone to allow for seamless streaming of phone and music (say $600-800 for phone) or do i spend say $300 for the intermediate device? I hate the idea of “needing” to carry yet another device and have heard the streaming is more reliable with I Phone. Worth the difference to get I phone?
I have watched videos and read reviews as well as looked at both consumer and professional literature for most of the major brands. Looks like they all offer the same features such as own voice recognition, directionality etc at their respective highest level of devices. Of course some claim they are better at what they do. In a sense I feel it’s like Ford vs Chevy.
I need to make a decision i have boiled it down to the Oticon OPN, Starkey Halo, Resound Linx3d and Signia (not sure which model).
Many reviews claim Linx and OPN offer best voice and streaming features. However looks like the Linx offers me more control via phone app if i should want to alter volume, bass etc. Seems like Oticon does not want me messing with the settings. FWIW Linx allows my audi to remotely change settings but audi may want the office visit fee or may not use that feature for other reasons. Have not asked him to date.
In the beginning I’ll let my audi do the tweaking but at some point I may wish to change things here and there.
I have the standard 45 day trial but I just don’t want to spend 3 or 4 months trying every aid on the market.
So my simple yet difficult question is which brand? Smaller is better so a smaller aid with less battery life is fine with me. Assuming I don’t lose features. I do not require T coil
Yes we all have loyalty but how to best narrow down? Any glaring red flags with models I have suggested?
Lastly please recommend Signia model which will compare to the Linx, OPN or Halo?
Thanks for all your help.