Had a hearing change on the left in the last month. Fairly large loss again. Back to Mayo. Did the steroids again. Hearing didn’t come back this time. So, the recommended getting the hearing aids tuned to fit the new hearing. Talked to the audiologist and she did adjustments using “Real Sound”(?) and it’s certainly better than it was.
But, she couldn’t bring the low frequencies up to where they needed to be. She told me the OPNs were pretty much at their limit and it MAY be time to consider new hearing aids.
I asked who OTHER than Oticon had something that would work fabulously? Her response was no one. She’s been moving clients from the OPNs to the Oticon MORE since they came out in February and the feedback is that speech is much better and noise mitigation (white noise, fans, noisy restaurants) is some better.
I was HOPING not to give Oticon any more money because of the cattle droppings way they handled the whole Z-Power thing - as in “Bummer, you’re screwed”, and if there’s somebody that’s at least as good as what Oticon can do I’d be glad to hear about it.
She also said that Z-Power didn’t just screw Oticon and their customers, they pretty much did it to the whole industry. And when the problem came out, Oticon and everybody else handled it equally poorly. So, if there IS an alternative, and there’s a problem, they’re not likely to be any better than Oticon.
So, hearing is better than it was 2 hours ago, but the idea of dumping another $7000 isn’t attractive. This is like digital cameras except it takes 3 years for the hearing aids to have ZERO trade-in value instead of 2 years like the cameras.