My wife is ready for new hearing aids. The Audi suggested at a minimum she should go with the Pure Micon 3mi and quoted $3550 with the recharging station for the pair. She also suggested the Micon 5mi as a step up in performance with a price of $4550 for the pair with the recharging station. This seems to run about $800-$1000 more per pair then what I see online. Is this typical or is is the price a little steep from an Audi’s office? Also is the 5mi really much better than the 3mi to be worth the upgrade? I know that the warranty is longer on the 5mi which I do like. The 5mi tech is supposedly better for crowds and riding in the car than the 3mi, which is very important to my wife, but I know manufacturers will just throw stuff out to differentiate the lines and there frequently isn’t that much real world difference.
Also, is the recharging station really a good thing? If the batteries run out and she doesn’t have time to wait for recharge, can she still just throw in a set of standard batteries? How long in real world use do they last before you have to buy new rechargeables?