My health insurance covers new aids once every three years, and it’s time for a new set.
I’m currently wearing Siemens Pure 5bx. I have no complaints about the aids themselves, but I’ve had lots of problems with my EasyTek, which I outlined here.
I’ve also decided to try a new audi, for lots of reasons which I won’t get into here.
So I have an appointment on October 1st. Those of you who know me know that I always say the audi is more important than the brand, so the primary purpose of this visit is to evaluate the audi.
That being said, brand still matters somewhat. Due to the issues I have had with the EasyTek, I will be avoiding Siemens/Signia. The audi I am visiting deals primarily with Starkey, but says he will fit any brand. It seems to me that I have not really heard anything good about Starkey on this forum. Based on things I have read here, I am leaning toward Resound.
Bluetooth is very important to me. I talk to my wife on the phone daily, and want to do that hands free. Prior to getting aids I never used my phone without a bluetooth earpiece. I have an android phone, and will never have an iPhone. I don’t mind using an intermediary device, but @KenP once told me that the EasyTek’s neckloop antenna was somewhat primitive technology.
I used the app occasionally, mostly to narrow the focus when in a restaurant. Having an app is not extremely important.
I’ve read a little bit about the Roger Pen and find it intriguing, although I understand that this is a Phonak product. It seems that many manufacturers have a similar device.
So there you have it. I’m interested in your feedback on Starkey and Resound in particular, and any other brand which you feel may be a good fit for me.