On my first consult, choice was immediately narrowed down to Audeo-B Direct, since I’m accustomed to using a Bluetooth earpiece on my left ear for Android phone calls. Now I’m dissatisfied with the Audeo-B Direct’s performance on phone calls in noisy places…my voice comes out mixed with noise at the other end. Fact is that I can still use BT earpiece in my left ear easily if I take out aid, and with some crowding share the ear with the aid. Or I think can get by with over-the-ear or on-ear BT headphones with mic (have to order a pair and try them). So I’m not compelled to switch to an iPhone, which I don’t want to do.
So now my question is, where to go next with my audiologist? Given that my Phonak experience has been decent so far, with little of the HA frustrations I commonly read and hear about, the obvious choice is the Audeo B-312 90. Or should I ask to try other brands? The audiologists’ featured brands are Phonak, Lyric, Starkey, ReSound, and Widex. Oticon lists them as a dealer but they don’t mention Oticon on their website. They’re a friendly, non-rushed practice with a very good local reputation. Price is not a primary concern. The Audeo B Direct 90’s are $5600/pair, and B-312 90’s are presumably the same.
One more thing: Listening to music while alone in the car is important to me. The Phonak’s Music program has been working pretty good so far. Still have to make some longer trips to fully evaluate it.