These are the quotes from e-mails that I have from the Audiologist I have to choose from. The first quotes are from my local audi and the last are from one 35 miles away. If I need to go with another I would have to travel an hour for every fitting and adjustment so I really need help with my choice. Do you feel I could do well with my local audi. Both have the main concern about cost. Yet I can not put a dollar amount on my hearing. I will do what I have to do.
Here are the first comments I recieved.
Savia and Centra are both top of the lines for their companies. Think that they are probably pretty equal in technology. It is up to you which you want to try. With poor discrimination ability none will give you what you used to have and you have to get used to the new sound quality.
I am most familiar with Siemens Centra. It has a great little remote and the hearing aids are synched together in a way that the others are not. If it’s my choice, that is the one I would prefer.
These come from the local Audi who is a doctor in audiology. ANd now for the audi from 35 miles away.
In my opinion Phonak is pretty good for persons who tend to like more power (gain) and less noise reduction. I have fit several users and they seem to like them. HOWEVER, it is much pricier and you insurance may not cover the entire cost. At this time I am not a fan of Siemens. Their aids also tend to be pricey and some company financial ventures are designed to circumvent the audiologist to increase sales for the company. I prefer Sonic and Oticon becuase I work with them more frequently and am very familiar with them.
My concern with the second is she has issues with one company and appears to not know Phonak as well as I first thought. She also conflicts with the first about Siemens and this confuses my and shakes my trust level on both fronts. I have always worn Beltone or Audibel and blindly trusted a very good man who took care of me when I needed it most. But my research would indicate that I can do better than what I have always known.
I hope you can see my cause for concern and why I am asking a third source for opinions. My hearing is of up most importance to me and I take this decision VERY SERIOUSLY. I read daily trying to learn more and this is causing some of the confusion also.
By the way I am getting a lot opinions and info from a forum called http://www.hohadvocates.org. It is mostly hard of hearing persons sharing info but some are in the business and can give other angles on issues.
Your opinion is respected and needed to help make my decision before next month so please reply soon. THank you for your time and efforts.