Hi folks… I’m new to forum, and to HAs. I will appreciate any thoughts or comments about the new Eargo Neos.
Background … recent hearing test indicates mild to moderate loss in 2K-6K+ range. Slightly more impact in left ear. I’m in common position with rest of us – high frequency loss from age (early 60s) and unprotected noise exposures over lifetime. Approx audiogram numbers: 1K, -30/30; 2K, -30/40; 4K, -55/60.
I started my HA journey with audiologist, and tried new Phonak Marvels. Wore for an hour or so, it was interesting. I’ve also been down the Costco route and tried out new Kirkland 9s … yes, I know these are the same as Marvels. Wore these for 2 hrs in the store … noisy environment, it was also “interesting” but I could definitely hear better, my wife was smiling!
I return to Audiologist in two weeks, will start further (several days) trial with Phonak.
In the interim, I’ve also started on 30 day trial (through B8TA store) with Eargo Neos and have now been wearing them for couple of days. The new versions with “palm, vs. fibers” are much more comfortable for me. Insertion and wearing them works out fine so far. I am getting 16+ hours on a single (rechargeable) charge. Their phone-based support so far has been excellent … but then again, I’m only a month into the whole HA space and don’t have broad perspective!
I fully understand that Eargos have 4 pre-set programs and aren’t programmable - for me, the 1st and 2nd aren’t effective, and I’m landing on #3 and #4 as a better fit. If, during my trial, I find sufficient benefit from these devices and think that they’ll hold up over 2-3 yrs, then this might be a good choice? I would be lying if I didn’t admit that vanity is a factor … but only one data point of many in final choice.
As mentioned, I’ll return to Audi in two weeks and pick up Phonak trial pair for couple of days or hopefully a week. I’m looking so far at model 50. I’m thinking that I should know Eargos well enough by then, to next try (programmed) Phonaks and can best see for myself if the more expensive Phonaks (1300 premium for 50s, mod 70/90 are much more) provide that much more value to me, or if Eargos can be of sufficient help.
So … would appreciate thoughts from those of you with much more experience.
Is this a decent strategy to determine my first HA choice? Am I kidding myself that Eargo Neos without customization can work well enough? Am I missing a huge dimension with Neos, by not having BT connectivity for TV, phone, etc, as the Phonak Marvels have?
If useful for the group, I can post further on my experiences with Neos and Marvels. Thanks!