It sounds like you all go through this massive task, of trying to find the correct aids for your needs. I definately noticed a difference in the Phonak 5’s and the Siemens Pure 700. I used the Phonaks for a whole day and the fully expected something similar when I put the Siemens Pure’s in…wow, was I mistaken. They sounded so similar to my old Siemens CIC’s after taking the Phonak smart 9’s out, I was stunned. Was it because the Siemens could be adjusted differently, perhaps? The Phonak had a split tip and the Siemens had a dome tip…more base response I’m quite sure.
Now I read that there is a cobalt, the same as siemens pure, but cheaper, this I did not know. Are there any other Brands that have remote, RIC, Bluetooth capability…etc. that are at the quality level of these two.