I had my first audiology appointment to inquire about HAs today and I left with a couple of questions.
Notes of visit:
- The audiologist offered Phonak or Oticon and after discussing all options they thought that Phonak was the better option for me given my tech environment (Apple).
said that I would do well with any of the three tiers but that the issue with my work and background noise in restaurants, conference halls, means that Tier 3 Phonak Paradise 90 13T BIE RIC was the model they would suggest for me. Question: How much better is a Tier 3 vs a Tier 2 vs a Tier 1 with respect to noise reduction? Am I being oversold? See below for Audiology Test and WRS scores.
suggested the battery version of the Phonak Paradise 90 13T BIE RIC rather than rechargeable, and they thought given the travel and work I do that battery would be better and more convenient than rechargeable. Also the audiologist had a preference for battery and ease of use in general. My understanding is the battery version of the Phonak Paradise 90 is exactly the same as the rechargeable version - are there any differences I should be aware of? For example will it still connect well in the Apple environment if it is battery operated? I can be a rather heavy computer user / Zoom / Streaming etc.
Anything else I should consider?
Note: I have gone to a Costco and do have a pair of KS 10’s rechargeable to pickup or return. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the HIS there. And so am continuing my research with going to a few independent audiologists. This was my first independent audiologist appt.
(250,15) (250, 20)
(500,20) (500, 30)
(750, 25) (750, 40)
(1000,35) (1000, 40)
(2000, 45) (1500, 35)
(3000, 50) (2000, 55)
(4000, 45) (3000, 55)
- 100% Right Ear
- 96% Left Ear
Note: I’ve had a couple of audiology tests (pretty similar to above and WRS and in the other one test I was given was:
- 80% Left Ear
- 88% Right Ear