Hi there. I am new to this forum, yet not totally new to HAs. Like many other folks, I put off dealing with my hearing loss until my partner pushed me due to my repeated “what?” “huh” “tv is too quiet” and misunderstood words in conversations that were funny in retrospect, but not funny in the moment. So about 6 or so years ago, I got the Phonak Audeo IX Yes BTE models. I began with one in my right ear and then added the left about one year later. So now I’m bionic – or something like that.
I am now up for a new set (read that as my insurance will cover most of the cost for a new set). My current setup isn’t working for me as good as I wish. I miss conversations in restaurants, with people who talk quietly or with high pitch and I miss words in general.
I went to my audiologist and had my ears tested. I was also asked multiple lifestyle questions. Based upon that, I was informed that the Oticon OPN miniRITE –T is the model for me. And, indeed, I’ve read a lot of good things about this model. The two things I’m not so happy about are that it doesn’t offer rechargeable batteries and it’s i-Phone centric (I’m an Android person). So I asked if I could compare two models and basically I was told (in a kindly manner) that this would be a pain in her butt. So that brings me to my question – what is the standard out there for comparisons? Do most of you move forward with your audi’s recommendation or trial more than one.
It seems to me that for the exorbitant amount that this unit will cost, I should have the ability to at least compare this one with another. Choosing or using only one unit, even it’s the best out there, doesn’t allow me the ability to “test” the difference in hearing. I told my audi that I wanted to do some research before I signed in and, of course, she kindly warned me about what I’d find on the internet compared to a trusted audi. And there’s truth in that, but I also am uncomfortable with her providing one unit with no other options.
Sorry for my lengthy intro – I really am disturbed by this and wonder…what do you do? What are your experiences in this? I could really use some help here. Thanks!!