Thanks everyone. Sulla I will send you a quick message.
ZCT thanks for your comments. In your opinion could I even detect a change in sound with an aid that has 8 channels compared to one with 16 channels? I believe I understand the general concept of channels and if my audiogram was a bit more linear I would perhaps be fine with fewer channels. But my audiogram, whilst generally U shaped, is up and down and there is quite a lot of variety. Also on some audiograms my loss goes up to 75db, and once when I was a kid it went up to 80 db loss. I personally do not think my hearing has changed at all, and I believe these variations are subjective. But it does leave a question mark over how much loss I do have - 70-80db? One audiologist looked at other CICs (such as the phonak) and the fitting range went up to 70db, and I explained because my hearing may be slightly worse I’d rather not have an aid where the fitting range was that tight. I imagine they would need to be powered up to their absolute max to get the benefit.
I have this with my current aids - Triano. They are powered to their max as at all other settings they were too quiet - so I went against the audiologists advice and he powered them up, and now I do get feedback because of this (but they are at a sound level that I feel more comfortable with).
Whilst this is not my area of expertise I am more comfortable getting an aid that does have that extra power so it doesn’t need to be set at its max for me to hear comfortably. Also I would rather there was some gain left in the event my hearing does deteriorate in the future.
I am strongly considering the Starkey ones again because in my opinion the only main difference is the channels and Starkey apparently have better feedback control (important to me as I use phones a lot and am sick of the aids whistling when anything is close to them).
Just for info my audiograms over the years have gone up and down since I was a kid (I’m 30 now) and the type of loss I have shouldn’t change until I get old (hence why I think the variation is due to subjectivity / type of machine used / if I had a cold at the time etc):
200hz: 45-60 (latest was 50dB)
500hz: 50-65 (latest was 50dB)
1000hz: 65-80 (latest was 70dB)
2000hz: 65-70 (latest was 70dB)
4000hz: 60-70 (latest was 65dB)
6000hz: 25-50 (latest was 50dB)
8000hz: 25-55 (latest was 55dB)
200hz: 50-55 (latest was 55dB)
500hz: 50-60 (latest was 55dB)
1000hz: 70-70 (latest was 70dB)
2000hz: 65-75 (latest was 70dB)
4000hz: 65-70 (latest was 65dB)
6000hz: 45-60 (latest was 60dB)
8000hz: 50-65 (latest was 65dB)
If from my audiograms you think either the Nitro or Starkey would be suitable (or any other CIC that I may not have considered for that matter) I would love to hear you opinion