Why all the options?

I have a pair of Tego Pro hearing aids. It has four programs. The first one is for normal listening…the second uses the directional microphone and cuts down on the background noise so I can have conversations in noisy environments. The third is for phone use…Why did they put a 4th on in? I had it disabled because I could not see any difference between the firs program and fourth one.

Are there any Tego Pro users in here? Can I have your feedback? I recently switched from Starkey. Too many feed back problems with Starkey for me.

The use of multi memories can be a difficult decision for both user and audi. I love using automatic instruments such as the Phonak Savia and Eleva which can also be configured manually also and remote controlled.

The other option is the new Balance from Sonic Innovaitons.  They also claim to have automatic switching.
I will be in Minnesota at their factory this week and will report more about it.
The Tego's are a better aid compared to Starkey, in my opinion, yet I would also look at Phonak and Sonic Innovations if I were in your situation.

I tried a pair of Tego Pro CIC’s but returned them. Too much occlusion in one ear and a lot of feedback. Now wearing Phonak ITC’s. Great performance.

It is common for multi memory hearing aids to have three or four programs available. Your hearing professional should only activate them as necessary.

Personally when I fit a multi memory digital aid I activate only two programs, one for normal use, and one for background noise situations. If a patient has areas in their life that they still struggle with I add additional programs.

Lazy specialists sometimes just leave three or four default programs active that the factory programmed. This seems like a bad approach to me. I like to keep it simple, unless my patient indicates otherwise. Only a small handful of my patients use more than three programs.

As for your comments on Starkey, I don’t see any evidence that Starkey has any more issues with feedback than any other brand. I’ve fitted many different technologies and I don’t believe it is fair to suggest that one brand is any more susceptible to feedback than another.

Now, within each brand some models ARE more susceptible to feedback than others. A good hearing specialist should take that into account when considering your loss and the specific model of aid he or she is going to recommend. It is not a brand issue, it is a model issue, along with a few other factors.