I can’t comment on your main question except to say that I’m wearing GN Resound Pulse open fit aids and enjoy them immensely. I opted for them since I was eligible for my insurance to pay the bulk of the cost, and I have a competent local audiologist.
The Pulses replaced a pair of America Hears FreedomAD half shells, and yes, I see professionals. I take issue with your parenthetical comment. America Hears offers a great product at a great price. And I like the ability to call them up, tell them what I’m experiencing with the aids, and be able to later that day download an adjustment from competent, licensed professionals.
That beats the HE- double two sticks out of calling my audie’s office, getting an appointment 3 weeks later, going in, waiting 15-30 minutes, telling her the same thing, having her do a two minute adjustment, then leaving and driving home. I’d already committed to the Pulse’s when I discovered that AH was offering an open fit product that fit my loss.
Even my audie was amazed when I showed her what I was wearing instead of the Widex Senso Divas she fitted me with 5 years ago. She commented when I demo’ed the Pulse’s that she couldn’t match the price or service level of AH.