My biggest problem with now 4 tries of hearing aids is, lesser cost meant less power, no feedback programmed controls, and a poor result, and I absolutely cannot stand OCCLUSION of my ears! I never could adjust to the use of IN the EAR or CIC, or shell covered over the ear canals or IN the ear canals. They drive me nuts, even with a vent. This was always my biggest problem. Lower costs aids were Phonak half-shells,no good. The glorified audiologist here in town who makes a fortune selling ONLY STARKEY as the best, is a lie. Starkey did not prove good for me either. She used a complete or CIC tiny aid that I took back in 6 weeks only to lose 1000 of my 4500 invested over that short period. (They required the aids returned “within 30 days”! I cannot evaluate the total picture within a few weeks…Starkey Destiny CICs,for me no good! Then, gathered the courage to see a local hearing aid dispenser of 29 years, who felt Audina Sparos would help my high frequency loss adequately without high cost…2800 down the drain.
OK,by now I’m fed up with hearing aids, but decided ONE more try. A local newer dealer of some 5 years or so, called Hearing Research Institute,a small outfit with Otometrists who charge NO fee up front until a satisfactory result is obtained. This was the most informative man I ever met on this matter. But he determined with much more testing with background noises that ONLY 3 hearing aids would meet my needs: Either a Phonak Eleva, a Phonak Savia, OR a slightly less expensive Unitronic Indigo Power aids. So he went with the Unitronic at 5200 dollars as the only way to go and still be under the costs of the slightly more expensive Phonak high-end aids with the only types of feedback programming features. Now, some 6 weeks later, many appointments, and he decided last week with some minor feedback and background noise that I HAD to have an ear mold with custom addition of a canal fitting with a vent. This is driving me nuts. I hate these inner ear molded occluding fits with vents. It is not good. That’s my story. I’m takin them back next monday.