Hi there, new to the forum and new to hearing aids. I have just been tested at my local ListenUp Canada hearing centre and Costco and both recommended hearing aids. I have moderate mid and high frequency loss in my left ear and moderate mid and more severe high frequency loss in my right ear.
I am in my mid 40’s and lead an active life . Work in the office, phone calls, conference rooms and occasional large dinner meetings with customers and colleagues . I am also a relatively serious recreational cyclist in the warmer months, so ideally want something that can deal with wind noise and perspiration.
I am also an iPhone user.
Listen Up recommended the Oticon OPN 1 or 2. The OPN 1 appears to be very well reviewed based on what I have read about it. After any discounts and government subsidy cost to me is $5620 (including 3 yr warranty, 2 yr loss/damage, 3 yr free batteries etc). OPN2 is $4332 for the same package.
Costco is offering the ReSound Forte at $3200, less $1000 government rebate, so $2200 (3 yr warranty, 2yr damage/loss).
I can find out from Costco exactly what model the forte is, cant tell if it is the 6 or 8. They said it is new.
I want to get the best model to allow me to use it in all situations and dont mind spending a little more for a quality product. The OPN 1 seems to be highly regarded, but is it worth $3400 more than the Forte? How much real world difference with public spaces, streaming TV/audio, sports use?
I am assuming the Forte would be on a similar performance level to the OPN2?
I would really appreciate any feedback or advice?