I’m an avid road cyclist who cycle about 200 to 250km (125 to 160 miles) a weekend during the cycling season. I cycle with a Club on Saturday and ride by myself on Sunday (all in the country side). I’ll thinking of getting into racing next season.
I had a pair of Bernafon Symbio CIC, but I lost them recently. They were close to six years old anyways and I was thinking about getting a new one soon.
I did not use my CIC for cycling, the left one keep coming out halfway all the time, and I sweat somewhat so I didn’t want to damage them. I have mild high frequency hearing loss and I found I could hear cars coming up from behind well, but I could not hear some mechanical problems on my bike sometimes (squeaking, grinding etc).
I’m going to try Oticon Dual XW and Siemens Motions (BTE) and see which one I like the best. I choose these two partially based on the fact they both have these “nano coating” (I guess they change the surface tension so water beads all the time?) that should repel water and they both have a wind suppression feature.
So, I’m wondering whether I should ride with with these BTE? I heard the stories that with some of the new BTE you can dunk them in water and they’re be fine, but these cost so much I don’t want to damage them. Will sweat damage these BTE HA or should I get covers for them? I guess if I get caught in the rain, I’ll put these HA in a zip lock bag.
Will the wind noise be too much for the HA to handle? I go about 25-40 kph (16 to 25 mph) on the rides. I did ride around the block with my CIC and the wind noise was huge!
Also, having never use a BTE do I have to fear it falling off while cycling? As I do hit bumps and pot holes occasionally and I don’t want to lose a HA.