Hi everyone. I’m helping my dad find new hearing aids. He is 79. One thing he really struggles with is understanding people on the phone. Currently, he has a landline/cordless phone. He doesn’t have a cell phone. He doesn’t use a computer, so his main way to communicate is by phone, but it’s gotten so hard.
He wears Zounds hearing aids, but they have many limitations. For example, they don’t have telecoil and there are no streaming options. The audiogram in my profile is for him, in case you want to see it (he gave me permission to share it).
I was hoping to get him new hearing aids through Costco, and wanted the KS10s because they had both telecoil and Bluetooth streaming, as well as accessories such as the partner mic. They were also within my price range. But now they are gone, and I’m not sure what to do. So I had a few questions:
- Is there a way to stream a landline/cordless phone to hearing aids? Or is cell phone streaming the only option?
- How does the quality, ease of use, and reliability of Bluetooth streaming of phone calls compare to telecoil? I would like to encourage him to get a cell phone eventually, but I was hoping not to overwhelm him with too much new technology all at once. (The KS10s would have been nice because we could have practiced with them for 6 months, and added a cell phone if telecoil wasn’t enough, before he had to decide whether to keep them or not).
- Are caption phones helpful? We are in the US, so I think one of those phones might be free?
- Are any of the other Costco aids worth it now that Phonak is gone? Do any offer both telecoil and Bluetooth? Do they have the same 6-month return policy?
Thanks in advance for your help! I’ve actually been reading posts on this forum on and off for more than a year, and you all seem so knowledgeable. I have time over the next few months that I can spend in the same town as my dad, so I’m really hoping I can help with his hearing aids finally. Also, even though he doesn’t currently use much technology, he is very smart, and I think he can learn a lot of new things with the aids if I can help at first, and if he doesn’t feel pressured to make a decision too quickly.