Hello everyone, I’ve been here a couple of years ago asking probably similar questions but the technology is always changing and so I need your expertise. I saw an audiologist yesterday and we determined that my hearing has gotten just slightly worse than last year when I was last tested and so I’m trying to decide on which Hearing Aids to purchase (well, trial first). I am looking at the Widex Clear 440, the Phonak Audeo V or the Unitron (I had never heard of Unitron but the audiologist said they were good too). I have tinnitus in one ear (after being at a VERY loud concert) and so part of my goal is to help with that as well, although it’s not the main goal.
I have trouble with high sounds, as well as “s” and “th”. Noisy rooms, conference rooms, speakerphones, parties, group meetings all present problems for me, as I can’t distinguish sounds, and I’m constantly even asking people to repeat themselves on the phone as well (cell or landline, makes no difference).
About a year or so ago, I tried the Widex Dream 330s and although I saw an improvement, I wasn’t sure they were the right ones for me, so after a trial period I returned them and decided to wait for a while. I am also interested in a solution that will help with phone calls - bluetooth capability, without the terrible feedback noise I had when using the Widex.
So I’m looking at the Widex Dream 440s or the Phonak Audeo V or the Unitron (can’t remember the name). Can anyone comment on the quality of these, and whether a lot of the “bells and whistles” (pun intended) of say the Widex (Zen, etc.) are helpful/necessary? I’m leaning towards the Phonaks. Does anyone here have experience with their bluetooth EasyCall II and Conversation Set?
I would be grateful for any advice you can offer. I’m almost 58 y/o and although my hearing loss is mild to moderate, with time it probably won’t get better. Thanks in advance!