I have worn hearing aids for about 10 years. I am on my third set at this time. My first set was Starkey CIC’s. My 2nd set was From Beltone. Again CIC’s. My issues were background noise, an initial plugged up feeling, and after time simply fatigue from wearing them. I couldn’t wait to get them out at night.
While visiting with my audi at Beltone, she suggested a “Mid level” set of open fit Beltones for $4500. Top of the line was almost $8,000. I told her I’d think about it.
I wanted to be an educated consumer so to the internet I went. I spoke to several users of hearing aids from internet companies. With varying degrees of success. A gentleman from another forum turned me on to HearSource hearing aids. I have been wearing them for several months now and could not be happier.
The thing I like best about them is that I can program them myself. It was always very difficult to try to explain to an audi exactly what I was hearing and then have her try to adjust them based on my input. I always felt that there was something lost in the translation.
These tiny little FreeStyle hearing aids from HearSource are wonderful. I do training for law enforcement and I am on the road alot. My programming software is on my laptop. I paid less than $2000 for my new hearing aids and they are top of the line. All the bells and whistles and plenty of volume.
The only unhappy person in this whole thing was my audiologist. She said that she didn’t believe in purchasing hearing aids via the internet and that hearing aid sales was how she supported her practice.
HearSource required me to give them a copy of my hearing test and a note from my Medical Doctor before they would sale my these, but a trip to the Doc was worth not having to go back and forth to Audiologist’s office over and over.
What are your thoughts?