I was a member of this forum a few years ago and now have re-registered to learn about the new HA technologies. I have severe/profound hearing loss in both ears and have been wearing HAs for over 15 years. Below is a chart my audi took just a few days ago:
250-60, 500-60, 750-60, 1000-70, 1500-85, 2000-90
250-55, 500-60, 750 -60, 1000-75, 1500-75, 2000-90
Speech recognition is low, as you can imagine and primary problems are related to noise, tv and movies, phone conversations and personal conversations over 10 feet. I’ve read many threads here and my situation is similar to a recent poster named Minie (I believe that was her name).
For several years I have used Siemans Infinity S2+ power BTE. These are programmable but it is older technology and I asked the audi about the new Centras. He said the additional bands would help a little but most of the channels would be turned off for me anyway. The audi went to a website or perhaps a program he had on his computer and punched in my numbers. He showed me what Siemans recommends for me as to adjustments and settings for the Centra. Looking at this, he does not believe the “wow, what a difference” factor would be there. And what very small improvement I “might” notice would come at a considerable cost. He deals almost exclusively with Siemans and said that, for the time being, I’m as well off with the Infinity I have as I would be with anything else.
A couple years ago I wanted a back-up pair of HAs and purchased AH Freedom high power BTE. I enjoyed the self adjustment part but they are bulky and my ears are very close to my head to begin with. Nonetheless, they do okay as a backup and I was thinking of an upgrade to their ADRO chip that many people are talking about.
In any event, I know nothing about the high power aids out there today that might work for me and make a difference I can really notice. I don’t care about the money but my audi really feels he does not need to sell me any of this new technology at the moment. To me, that sounds like an honest response since I told him I would try anything. I also do not mind going to another person who deals with other HA manufacturers IF they have a device that would work better for me.
I know everything is dependent on the sound I hear and no one can ascertain what HA will be best; I must try them myself. However, what do you all find, as a general rule, works well for folks with my kind of loss? And does anyone know anything about this ADRO chip that AHs uses?