I am interested in the Naida Q90-UP BTE in part for the wind filter.
Can it be turned down far enough for moderate/high end mild hearing loss?
- I have a hearing loss that is advancing rapidly and varies A LOT.
- I have severe tinnitus.
- Wind. I experience lots of wind. I experience wind in areas where my safety depends on hearing.
Phonak has a good wind filter.
- I have 30 years of experience with hearing impaired family members. I want BTE.
- I rarely wear an aid – it is only recently that I have advanced to the point where I must.
I can read lips enough to meet my needs … while being a complete pain to strangers.
When you don’t practice this … you lose the skill. Deaths of five family members has
meant that I get much less practice.
- I have reviewed the technical information on aids. I am an engineer. Seems unlikely that
the Phonaks can be adapted to me. But I thought I would ask.
Any thoughts? I can get my hands on a barely used set easily and then pay to get them programmed. Gives me room for the future as well as wind filters that are not available
on lesser aids.
I would be ever so grateful for suggestions
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I am tired to death of the audioligist sales dance.
Spent many weeks worth of days in the provider offices and well into the five figures on aids for family members I cared for. One at least became a friend.
I suspect I am getting crotchety on the issue. Just lack of patience and trust in providers.
At the last office visit where I was trying to purchase an aid for a 89 year old parent I experienced:
I prepaid for an audiogram. I prepaid for molds to use for her. The technician spilled mold material all over her clothes and sent us home to clean the clothes ourselves.
The technician lined up $3000 aids (top of the line), told me they could be expected to last 3 years … at about $5 per day. I had asked how long they would be able to get service for that model.
When she provided technical info … it was for a different aid manufacturer. When I pointed this out she said they were out of information for that aid and that is was the same.
Could not provide any sales/tech literature to review (in the office from an office maintained catalog) and could not find the same aid for me to look at (to see if a 89 year old could deal with it without damage in clumsy hands – many many many of the current aids are excessively fragile).
I had made the appointment for that aid intending to try the aids with existing molds. 5) The technician could not discuss with any confidence the aid. Her solution is to try them and of course we would take responsibility for them .... yes -- thats what you do when you 'trial' an aid. Do you know how hard it is to take a frail person to a doctor? How dangerous? 6) The mold impressions were damaged after we left .... so we would have to make another trip before even trying the aids. This was at the most prestigous physician office and largest supplier in Omaha Nebraska. He advertises constantly on the radio. He had misdiagnosed a family members condition very bruskly some years before ... I ended up taking them to the Mayo Clinic to get this corrected. He fit a 4,000 aid set of ITC for a sister -- did not even make three years.
Anyway, I picked up the phone and ordered aids from a mail order place in Minneapolis
(HI Hearing) — which worked very well at a small fracton of the cost. They never failed
and never needed service. I tried them myself. My out of pocket was $800 after her medicare.
I would have been happy to pay for the Phonaks locally.
They system has scam on the hearing impaired.
End of rant.