I never dreamed that such a person would bother to ask us why we’re not buying digital hearing aids, right here on a hearing aid forum. That has created the red-hot neon elephant that nobody can possibly miss - you’d have to be dead to miss it!
It is very simple. Have you ever tried any of these things on in a test? Do have ANY idea how horrible they sound? Especially the power aid category for 110dB-plus losses?
This is what I suspect… Digitals in the power aid category have been foisted upon the unsuspecting public who have no idea of what things are supposed to sound like, for money, and because the makers simply want to play with digital technology for the sake of digital technology without regard for sound quality.
I know so because while I am in the profoundly deaf category, and have been since a baby, my auditory cortex is very highly developed. I am a musician. I know what a bass guitar amplifier is supposed to sound like because I can hear it unaided (this is the part of my hearing curve that is least affected by my loss, testing about 75 dB at 125 Hz and possibly down to 65-70 dB at 60 and 32 Hz (we would be feeling the fundamentals at this point)), and I have stood in front of amps at work concerts loud enough to hear the amplifiers to the point that I can confirm that yes, the analogs are pretty much playing back what I hear coming through the amps unaided. SO I KNOW THAT DIGITALS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR ME AND IT’S NOT MY IMAGINATION AND THAT I’M BEING A “DIFFICULT CLIENT” like this other audiologist told my VR counselor I was.
We deaf musicians need hearing aids that are appropriate for music playback and performance. If you’re interested in learning more about my experience with analogs vs. digitals in a technical sense, with charts for comparison between hearing aids, PM your address, and I can send all that to you shortly.
You have GOT to understand that the day that I can no longer find analog hearing aids, black market or not, is the day that I hang up my music career and never wear hearing aids again, until stem cell therapy becomes possible, and I may not live to see it happen.