Regarding miniRITE speaker replacement, Oticon country distributor said that they might not have spare speakers, and waiting for the new one may take up to 2 weeks. Local sellers don’t store spare ones. They sell them for $80.
Regarding reliability, they said that BTE speaker almost never goes bad, but miniRITE speaker works about a year in average because of moisture in the ear.
Also, they said that miniRITE wire is at risk if used inaccurately (which may be the case with aged patients). On the other hand, BTE’s tube can’t be broken.
Regarding maintenance, they said that miniRITE needs wax guards to be replaced regularly. BTE needs regular tube replacement because of solidification.
Regarding vent, they said this - BTE vent can be made bigger than with miniRITE.
I asked 3 audiologists regarding miniRITE vs BTE, everybody recommended BTE and discouraged from miniRITE. One even convinced us to wait for 3 months for OPN BTE back in the spring, discouraged from miniRITE, proposed Oticon Alta2 Pro BTE. They said that they don’t offer miniRITE for aged patients. If facts from above aren’t enough then maybe it’s a local distortion with audiologists decision-making.
Does my grandma miss something wearing BTE instead of miniRITE?
There is actually Sonic Enchant 100 BTE 105, see links:
Sonic Enchant BTE Features
Sonic Enchant BTE User Guide
@Volusiano, the link to receiver comparison is wrong (OPN miniRITE 105dB vs the OPN BTE13 PP).
I find it hard to believe that the Enchant 100’s wouldn’t be fine for her
Sounds good! Actually, while fitting in the office she liked it on 100% adaptation level, more than on 80% or 90%.
Thank you all for the suggestions. As the direct comparison in our case is impossible, we won’t waste time on it and stick to Sonic. If one-week “trial wearing” goes well (without unresolvable issues) then we won’t return it.
Custom molds are ready (they’ve sent me a photo, attached), tomorrow they will arrive in our city and “trial wearing” will start.
BTW our local prices:
Oticon OPN 1 (pair) ~$5000
Oticon OPN 2 (pair) ~$3850
Sonic Enchant 100 (pair) + TV-A ~$3360
Sonic Enchant 80 (pair) ~$2600 (checked only one seller)
Sonic Enchant 60 (pair) ~$1860 (checked only one seller)