Thought I would give a little update about my 8 month hearing aid roller coaster ride.
In the past 8 months as a member of this forum I have learned how to hear again. With the help of a few key members I now hear pretty darn good. Thanks
Like many of you I am not rich and do not have health insurance that covers hearing aids. With a couple of bad experiences with audiologist I decided to do the self program route. It has been very rewarding but lots of work. After much reading here I decided to go with Phonak hearing aids, they have a pretty good overall reputation.
My first set of aids were the Savia 111’s. These are great aids. From there I tried the Nadia V SP aids using slim tubes. These aids have Sound Recover and are water resistant, excellent features. Then the Exelia Micro aids. These are some fine aids without Sound Recover and only one button for changing programs, no volume control buttons. My last set just received yesterday are the Exelia Art M aids. These aids are identical to the Savia 111 as far as size and buttons. They have both volume and program buttons along with Sound Recover, very nice. The Exelia Micro aids also ride higher on the ear where as the Savia, Nadia and Exelia M aids ride a little lower behind the ear. I like the lower ride better, the higher ride of the micro aids pushed the tops of my ears out causing some discomfort.
As you can see I am fortunate to have tried a number of different aids. This experience has enabled me to learn what I like and do no like. My number one goal was to hear better, nothing else.
Take it easy.