I got them through a large online hearing aid marketer called “Fix your ears” in California. They market many brands, and they have a number of websites such as openfit.com. I found them on Ebay under the the seller name “bidbybid”. If you go to ebay and search for hearing aids, they will be the dominant listings. You can also do an advanced search for seller name bidbybid.
I called them direct, and the personal service as well as knowledge was very good. They sold me the complete package. Includes the TEK remote with bluetooth. That serves not only as the remote for the aids (adjust volume, switch pre-programs, link to cell, turn on/off) but also links them to TV, cellphone or auxiliary input. The sending unit and wiring for tv/auxilliary was included too, along with about 70 RIC cones of various size and types plus 40 batteries. Everything is full factory pack and original with 3 year warranty (including cards) and one year loss replacement, and a thirty day return/exchange policy. I don’t see anything I will need to buy extra. They pre-programmed it all to match my audiogram, and apparently got it right. Their phone number is 1-877-577-4327.
The Aurigas were on a sale then, and are $200 higher now.
I asked how a person could do their own adjustments, and he suggested getting the factory system, same tools that a provider would use. That was $400. Included two cd’s with the program, bluetooth dongle, a direct transmitter that links the hearing aids into the process, battery charger and all required cables. Took about 30 minutes to install and browse through it. As I said, I won’t try to make any actual changes until I’ve got more time in.
This is the second day, and I’ve been paying attention to the effectiveness. It’s a very good improvement in conversations. TV is not as good as with a headset product I had been using, but that one shut out all noise other then it’s own. Including wife… and she does like it when I hear her the first time.
So far, they are totally comfortable too. Usually don’t realize I have them on, and that was something I had been concerned about. Now If I can just always remember to remove them before showering!
I’ll get back and post more when I’ve put a week on them. I’m new to this, so I have a lot to learn.