I have recently been fitting a lot of Sonic Innovations Applauses, which are great mid line digital hearing aids based on the top of the line Innova product.
The directional microphones and their directional focus technology work very well and the noise reduction also works exceptionally well.
If anyone is looking for a less costly alternative than buying the top of the line instruments, I would highly recommend the Applause, as they usually sell for around $1,900-$2,400 or so each, which is very reasonable for a hearing aid of this caliber.
Another I have had good results also in the same price range is the Phonak Extra, which is also based on the top of the line Savia chip. I think it is important for all our hearing aid wearers and prospective wearers to know that there are less costly alternatives that work very well, but do your research.
If whoever you see only pushes you to buy the top of the line only, that would raise some questions about their true intentions.
My 2cents from the dispensing professional’s point of view.