I’ve had Siemens Pure 701 RIC for about 2.5 years and I am happy with them, except when one breaks (e.g. had to have a receiver change after about 2 yrs and when one aid was ‘in the shop’ for this while the part was ordered - I live away from a city or from an audi that uses Siemens much - my hearing was pretty lost in meetings at work). So I want a back-up pair. I suppose I could get a cheaper kind of aid if its only for backup, but potentially I’d like one that will replace these 701’s when they are no longer repairable (and also I like the idea of compare & contrast brands, but not if my experience suffers). Then again, if Siemens is continually updating their technology, some of the performance may change between updates too as if they were a different brand anyway.
But my current local audi does not like Siemens - mainly because of difficulties dealing with the company, getting updates, technical advice and parts. She will do it for me if I want but she would prefer that I try Phonak Audeo Q70 or Q90. I am tempted to do this, in part because I understand their circuitry favors a slightly flatter response which might be better for playing live music than the Siemens (which I have finally programmed to acceptable settings). I also have Connexx software where i can tweak on my own (although honestly now that I have good settings, I only touch this 1x/year). The cost is about the same between the two brands and it seems like the features (e.g. bluetooth, remote audio) are comparable too.
One thing I really like about Siemens is the battery recharger (does not require taking batteries out of the case and I have to replace batteries only once a year) which supposedly also dries out the aids electronically. If I go back to regular batteries I will need to use a drying kit and at least historically with my older aids they would begin to suffer from moisture about 1x/year. My head says that this is a very minor concern, but my gut tells me ‘uh-oh, trouble.’
I do not need to decide right away, but if any of you has opinions or advice or similar experiences, I would appreciate hearing from you.
moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss from childhood
wearing hearing aid(s) since 1980