I have suffered with hearing loss since I was 6 years old due to constant severe ear infections, and finally diagnosed with Ménière’s disease when I was 21. I also have tinnitus and frequent migraines, which is particularly inconvenient when my vertigo flares up.
I got my first hearing aids at that time, over 12 years ago. They still look brand new! I have taken extremely good care of them, combined with many times not wearing them due to my Ménière’s symptoms being mild during those times. I still have them, a set of Phonak MiniValeo. They are starting to make a somewhat crackling sound.
I am an audiophile and musician at home only, with moderate high-end loss and I have lots of difficulty with hearing and deciphering speech, even a one on one situation. I am also a tech junkie, so the IFTTT features of the OPN1 are very appealing to me.
I am between the Resound Linx2 9’s and the OPN 1.
My concern with the OPN 1 is their brain hearing philosophy. I have ADHD and paying attention to a specific speaker is already hard for me, adding in my difficulty hearing speech, I am concerned this may become a problem unless I don’t really understand how this function works.
They both have similar specs, except the OPN1 has more programming and adjustability it seems. They are both Made for iPhone, have the Find my Hearing Aid function, are both easily programmed DIY, and have 2.4ghz direct streaming.
The functions I would miss if I bought the Resound is:
IFTTT integration with my smarthome devices
It only has 9 adjustment bands vs. the OPN1’s 16 bands
The OPN has 64 processing channels, more than anything else I can find
Both will do the following:
Made for iPhone
Find my HA function
RIC is upgradeable in the future if I need it
I can experiment with different fittings
I also think both work for live music concerts at 113db
The Resound has the traditional noise blocking of what I’m used to. They’re also a year older which means they’re less expensive, but also means less technology.
To those who have OPN, how does the Brain Hearing actually work? Did it take getting used to? Which HA has the best sound quality for loud concerts, and which has the best for listening to music via iPhone or in the car?
RIC is new to me, as my current aids are open fittings (which was kind of a new thing when I bought them.) I know that will only improve sound quality. I am prepared to have specific programs for music listening only so streaming will deliver all ranges of sound, simply compensating for my loss where I need it. Both aids cover my loss as I’m at the mild-moderate stage and have been for a long time. I would get the 2nd step up receiver for both, but both aids offer a lot more receivers if my hearing worsens.
I like to buy it right, buy it once, and have no interest in upgrading these for at least 7 years given my track record in keeping and caring for HA’s unless cost comes way down or technology advances significantly.
Thanks in advance for your input,