Hello, I’ve had hearing loss for some time (10 + years), but until last week had never tried HAs. I went to an audi and my audiogram is set forth below. Audi fitted me with Audigy AGX9 HAs during visit and the difference was immediately noticeable - so much so that I’m convinced that HAs would improve my life. The price of the AGX9s ($6500/pair), however, has me looking for other options, but the many choices leave me rather confused.
My lifestyle is active; I’m 51; I play golf and enjoy water sports; and I am often in loud social environments. At work, I sometimes find myself in cavernous rooms with bad acoustics and in such a case, even when there isn’t a lot of background noise, I have a hard time hearing spoken words that are not amplified. I also have problems understanding speech when spoken, say, from another room. I hear the sounds (most times), but have to ask for whatever was said to be repeated more often than I would like – and I think more than others would like too (yet they’re too nice to say anything). Music seems less than full and I now know that a much fuller experience can be had with aid.
I’d appreciate any suggestions as to brands/models/audi or not. I’ve seen the self-programmable ones on the internet and I am tech savvy, but don’t know which type of aid would be best. I suspect open fit, but what about open fit/RITE? I know that the AGX9’s I tried on were open fit, and they were likely RITE too, yet I didn’t know enough to ask that question when trying them on. I am aware of Costo too and have one nearby, but as a first timer, would I be better paying the/an audi’s price to get service?
Lastly, what type of hearing loss do I have? Is mine mild, moderate, or profound? Is mine typical high frequency loss?
Thanks in advance for any help! Bill