Hey guys! I am back in the market looking for a new ultra/super power hearing aids for my severe to profound hearing loss. I have been wearing Signia Charge & Go 7X SP hearing aids for over a year now and I am sure that I have configured it right. The only problem is that it doesn’t have a semi-linear option so I am looking to switch. Why does it matter? Here’s why:
Signia Conexx software comes with just two options - Xfit Compression and Linear. The first option has soft sound amplified more than loud sound and the second option has loud sound amplified equal to soft and medium sounds. With Xfit compression, I am able to hear better in a silent room but even the slightest of noise makes it hard for me to understand. I have tried every option under the sun, even reducing soft sounds manually in the configuration but it hasn’t helped. I could settle with linear option but honestly it is too hard on my ears now even though I have been using linear my whole life except the last year. The benefit is that it handles background noise better since it doesn’t interfere with speech as much.
This brings me to the point where I thought why not use a semi-linear option that sets the ratio in such a way that it reduces soft sounds and improves loud sounds. To see an example of the ratio, have a look at this article: Hearing aids ReSound - amplification-modes
Please recommend me the top 3 brands and their UP/SP hearing aids that have a semi-linear option that I should try. I can’t try too many so I want to stick to the top 3 brands only. I was thinking Resound, Oticon, and Phonak. Is there any other that’s good? The only problem with Phonak is that I couldn’t figure out how to max the MPO in their software. When I tried to manually push the MPO values to max, the sound was not as loud as Signia. In Signia Conexx software there is a single option you can turn on to max the MPO which helps me a ton.