Thanks everyone for your replies. NHS sounds like an option but I guess, as we say here, what device you get is a bit of a postcode lottery. In the end I’ve NOT done a huge amount of research as I planned to do and have ordered KS9’s from Costco. I get fitted next weekend… By the way the money back period here in the UK with them is 60 or 90 days (I can’t remember what she said, will check next week…doh!) certainly not the 6 months you guys in US get!
I must admit I’m quite nervous about the results I’m going to get with new devices… With my current ones I’ve just resigned myself to having increasingly limited hearing with them! As obvious as this might be, it’s conversations, speech etc where I have the biggest problem. Certain female voices (but not exclusively, some softly spoken blokes at work I can’t understand a darn word they’re saying!). I can never have a conversation with, with out multiple requests to “sorry, say that again…” (which gets very boring for both of us very quickly…) For sure I avoid a lot of 1-2-1 interactions for this reason. We’ve had some group meetings (thankfully a rare thing for me) this week (‘C’ shape tables set up, about 15 people sat down) at work and it actually wasn’t that bad, I’d say I could hear about 70-80% of whats going on but, with certain individuals talking, pretty much zero… My concern is word recognition (There’s a test for that I guess from the audiograms some of you post? I’ve never had a test for that, that I know of, so kinda curious…) it feels to me that, with certain speakers, I really struggle with, just more volume aint gonna help much! Wrong attitude approaching it I suppose but we’ll see I guess, fingers crossed.
Anyway, babbling on a bit… thanks again for all your inputs folks!