Micahsh, my audiogram is very similar to yours, and I agonized for several weeks over what aids to get. My company provides a lifetime allowance of $5000 for HAs, and I was concerned that if I spent it all now, I wouldn’t have any money left in a few years to replace them.
Well, I decided that if I worried too much about the future, I’d be shortchanging myself in the present, and who knows if I’ll be with my company that long anyway. So, I decided on getting the Phonak Audeo Smart Vs. This is the middle-of-the-road performance line for this model. Since I didn’t think the feature differences between the Vs and the IXs (the highest-performing Smart line) warranted that much more money, (the IXs were $6500 for the pair, and the Vs were $5200), I went with the Vs, which kept me close to my $5000 budget.
I’ve had my HAs 5 weeks now, and I’m completely satisfied. I can tell a major difference in conversation understandability compared to before. The optional iCom bluetooth tool that goes with them was well worth the extra money, too (around $200?). I can easily answer cell phone calls at the touch of a button, and hear my calls very well in both ears. I can also plug my MP3 player into it, and the stereo sound quality is excellent! One reason I chose these over the Oticon brand, is because Oticon’s don’t stream in stereo. I think even my phone calls are transmitted to my HAs in stereo.
I have had very few problems with the Phonaks. At first, I was using the remote to turn up and down the volume a lot, but my Audi told me that it wasn’t necessary, and that the HAs would eventually control the volume for me automatically, and they truly have. I only use the remote (called a myPilot) to switch programs. I like being able to easily change volume with the remote (which I rarely do now), and being able to mute them with it easily (in very loud situations like when I play my trumpet).
I must also say I love the music program on these aids as well, and this program makes the music really come alive in a way I haven’t heard in a long time.
Check out the product features on their site at: http://www.phonak.com/us/b2c/en/products/hearing_instruments/audeo_smart/overview.html
If you have any more questions, please let me know, I’d be happy to help!