I’m new here, and glad I found this forum.
I’m in process of deciding on my first pair of aids. I think I’ve narrowed choice between Oticon Agil and Widex Clear 440. All of the fitters I’ve spoken with tell me that I’m not allowed to have the software that permits home tweaking after the initial fitting. But there’s software called “Compass,” (link: oops forum won’t let me give it; google “widex compass”) which purports to be tweaking software for the Widex pair.
Could someone confirm that you can actually tweak at home the presets on the Widex Clear 440? Is it possible to do so on the Oticon Agil?
The reason I ask is that I’m a desktop music hobbiest. Additionally, listening to music in general is important to me. My loss is a high frequency rolloff, moderate in left ear, moderate to severe in right ear.
I’m finding this a frustrating process. It’s hard to compare features across brands, because they each use different terminology and they’re stingy on actual technical specifications. Additionally different fitters seem tied to different companies. Even many online reviews seem to derive from biased sources. The audiologist I saw yesterday has no particular allegiance, because her exam is part of a teaching program at a local university. She suggested the two models I’m considering, but she wouldn’t be as available for followups as a retail fitter. (Even she seemed unaware of this Compass software, which I just discovered this morning.) Because her exam is part of a teaching program, there’s a discount on the aids. But I’m not sure the tradeoff of price for quality followup time is worth it. It might be, though, if I could tweak the presets myself at home. Hence this post.
Thank you for any tips, links, advice.
Originally posted this in wrong forum. Apologies for duplication.