First a little background: I’m 46, been wearing hearing aids in my bad ear since I was 4. I’m married and have 3 kids - all of whom can hear perfectly well (and in the case of my kids, they hear perfectly well when they want to). Unfortunately, I’m not hearing them as well as I would like to. My current hearing aid is a Unitron Sound/Fx - it is 14 years old (I paid $750 back in Jan 98). I know it’s WAY beyond what I should have expected this hearing aid to last by a good 7+ years. It’s been sent off 2 or 3 times for repairs and has done well for me.
Unfortunately, due to my love for loud music, my hearing in the good ear has gotten a little worse over the years (as has my hearing in the bad ear) and it’s becoming obvious that we need to get new hearing aids. Last year, my audiologist (whom I’m very happy with, even if she is an LSU grad/fan), had me try a digital hearing aid in my good ear, as well as wearing my old hearing aid in the bad ear. The test went pretty well (and was somewhat annoying - I heard keys jingling and paper crumpling that I had never heard before). I asked how much - she said about $3K. At the time, I said, “For $3K, people can speak up!” My main objection was that we still had other debt obligations to pay and I just didn’t have $3K.
So, anyway, here we are a year later and I’ve told my dear audiologist that I will be purchasing a hearing aid this year. She had a Phonax BI-CROS that she let me try out earlier this week. It worked pretty good, but I wished I had more power on the bad ear. When when I went on a date with my lovely wife, I wore the aid portion of the BI-CROS on the good ear and put my regular HA on the bad ear the old HA just picked up everything - especially at the restaurant.
My audi services both Phonax and ReSound. It sounds like that ReSound is a bit more technologically advance, but both aid companies are pretty solid. My experiences over the past week has me guessing that I’m fixin’ to be a 2 aid wearer for the first time in my life.:eek: And, I’m guessing that wearing 2 aids is going to be the recommendation.:eek::eek: I know the BI-CROS, worked better than the BI-CROS aid and my aid combo, which worked better than just wearing the BI-CROS aid in the good ear, which worked better than my old HA in the bad ear, which works better than wearing nothing at all. I figure since I’m wishing for more power in the bad ear, that the 2 hearing aid is the likely course of action.
So, between Phonax and ReSound - which is better as far as reliability goes or is there a difference. I’m well-aware of one who-must-not-be-named aversion to ReSound, but I question the validity of the objection(s). I know there’s a Starkey fan on the forum, and if my audi sold those, I would definitely consider it, but she doesn’t, so it’s not under consideration.
Here’s my stat (as best as I can read the chart):
250 35 45
500 100 40
1K 105 25
2K 110 80
3K nata 80
4K nata 85
6K nata 85
8K nata 90
SRT Rt 85db Lft 30db
Rt 12% 105 HL
Lft 92% 40 SL
Thanks in advance. My audi says there are 3 price points on most aids, and based on conversations with her earlier, she will likely recommend the mid price point for me. I won’t have an appointment with the audi until Friday, so I won’t know her recommendations until then. However, I am curious as to what some of the audis on this forum would recommend for my situation.