My audi told me that Unitron sounds tiny compared to Oticon.
I have worn both and now that the Lattitude Moxi is fine tuned to my liking I cannot say that I would choose ether model based on sound quality alone.
They both get an a+ in that regard from me.
Is it a fair assumption that Phonak would have the same sound Characteristic as Unitron?
Your audi telling you that the Unitron sounds tinny compared to the Oticon made me laugh. Go with what sounds good to you. Most hearing aids have different sound characteristics but this is more related to the number of channels, processing, etc. etc.
It is safe to assume that some of the Phonaks would be similiar to the Unitron aids. The Latitude is an excellent hearing aid for the money. Which one do you have? The 4, 8, or 16. Also it would be a good idea to post your audiogram.
I’m wondering if anybody can compare and contrast the two brands. The Sonova site: http://www.sonova.com/en/about-us/brands emphasizes that Phonak is more technology focused while Unitron is focused is on relationships.
For example, back in my school days, I worked summers on the assembly line @ GM where the Chevy Impala and Pontiac Caprice were coming down the same line. Some of the parts were identical (body panels), some were cosmetic (badges) and some were functional (suspension components).
Usually different brands from the same company use the identical hardware. They change the programming to differentiate the brands to try to promote the premium brand. I noticed that recently UmBongo has had nice things to say about the Unitron. He thinks they are working well for some clients. Now part of that may be a cost item; but, he doesn’t ignore they satisfy clients. The only real definition is how they sound through your ears and your situation. All you can do is give one or the other a try and see the benefits and look at cost and determine your satisfaction.
Thanks @KenP and @bobm07921.
I’ll make a point of doing an advanced site search for UmBongo and Unitron. From a consumer perspective I’m trying to discern between the clinical and corporate. As a health care professional, I’m sort of flabbergasted by the HA industry.
I think many of us question how hearing aid practitioners relate to true healthcare. It seems to started back in the analog days with all no real adjustments. Those folks got grandfathered into the new requirements. Manufacturers then maintained selling and marketing based on those old standards. Today, licensing has limited who can fit aids. The true healthcare industry lobbies as do the clinics with healthcare seeking to limit responsibility and HA groups working to maintain profitability. Universities have “doctoral” (AuD) programs. Just what is involved beyond opening a door to licensing I really don’t know but it isn’t equivalent to MD studies.
It reminds me of state license for Realtors, barbers etc. The emphasis placed on protecting the existing rather than real improvements. That’s not to say there aren’t well qualified fitters. We’ve some fine ones that post here. But the true emphasis is to maintain the status quo.
HalfEar: I too as a healthcare professional am flabbergasted by the HA industry. It’s not like healthcare in general is wonderful, but the HA industry seems to have little in the way of standards. About the only thing you can count on is that you’ll get an audiogram and likely an offer to sell you hearing aids.
I come from a land where healthcare is self regulated. In essence the government has determined what health care professions should be regulated, they set up templates for all healthcare to follow and provide guidelines over time. In essence this allows each profession to determine what education one needs to practice. It forces each profession to self police to a certain extent, should they fail to do so, the government can and has stepped in to remove the privilege. For some things the government has set clear policies that all professions must follow. For example zero tolerance on sexual abuse.
For the most part this system seems to work. Yes there is some protectionism, more so in some fields than others. Self policing has helped some from exposing their dirty laundry, but the press has been active in clearing the air and policies.
The things I am most flabbergasted with is the potential for conflict of interest and informed consent. It is interesting that a foreign corporation can set up or buy their own clinics to self promote their own products. I feel that informed consent should go beyond a pamphlet that describes what each model lets you hear better. “Here you go, this is what we suggest, pick one and we will set you up” lacks of informed consent.