Two days now with my new Oticon Agil BTEs. Love them, even before fine adjustment. Natural sound, great frequency response range, aggressive directional feature, effective music program, effective compression circuit. These things have a high frequency range extending to 10 KHz, and it sounds like it. So far the only adjustments I am going to request are to up the volume in programs 1 (normal hearing) and 2 (directional) and add a bit more energy to the “chest sounds” in the range 50 - 500 Hz. Not sure yet about the BTE feature as I had previously used half-shell instruments. Given the extent of my hearing loss, I will need to have earmolds made - because of the gain that I require, the perforated cones that relieve occlusion will release too much sound to the microphones, causing feedback. This is the way hearing instruments should be made - put them in and they sound great.
I had tried Audibel (made by Starkey) Platinum Plus instruments and they were awful. The sound was unreal, like hearing through a wooden tube, the compression circuit seemed to work in reverse expanding on loud sudden noises, and the “search for voice” function mostly found any loud noise in the room… I Lost $300 when I returned them to the audiologist, too. My audiologist that supplied the Oticon instruments will charge nothing if I decide to return them.