Good evening. I’ve been a member of this forum for a while and much appreciated your feedback I received before buying my current Rexton HAs (from Costco) to replace my previous Oticon’s. That was about 3 year ago. Overall, the Rextons served me well for three years, but now it’s time to move on to new hearing aids. I’m missing words and phrases during discussions at the office, I’m tired of missing dialogue in movies and TV, and my wife is tired of me saying “What?!?”.
My knee-jerk reaction was to go back to Costco for new hearing aids. They are a good company and sell fine HAs. However, it appears that they don’t sell the top-end of HA vendor’s products. For example… From research, it appears that their Resound Vida HAs are similar to the Resound 3D Linx but minus a few features. And that doesn’t even consider the new top-of-the-line Resound Quattros.
Althought there are other good reasons to get new HA’s, I decided that my career depends on ACCURATELY hearing every single word during work discussions. So even though HA cost would be much higher at an independent audi, I decided spending more for the best HA’s for me would be worth the extra cost.
So my search restarted a couple weeks ago… After much research, I walked into a local audi this morning with a bias towards the top end Resound Quattros. And walked out with a totally different bias - toward Widex Evokes.
The audi had strong opinions about different HAs:
Oticons - Nice HA’s but an older platform.
Phonaks - Very good HA, but not his preference.
Resounds - NOT reliable or high-quality (he was very negative about Resounds).
Widex - Excellent HAs. Easy to fit, great sound, great for speech, and music. Solid and reliable, and good software for iPhones (I have an iPhone).
He made a compelling case for Widex’s, but I’m cynical. It could be that his profit margin is higher with Widex’s. Or maybe he’s more knowledgable with Widex’s. Or maybe his support effort is lower with them. Maybe easier to fit. I don’t know.
I read a lot of reviews today and reviewed a large number of posts here on Hearing Tracker. I noticed a trend - It SEEMs like the number of posts complaining about problems is higher with other HAs and lower with Widex HAs. Lots of good features in many HAs, but appears that the hassle-factor is lower with Widex’s.
Is that reasonable? Are the Widex Evokes that good? Great fit with minimal hassle? Have good features that work well and are very reliable?
What is your opinion? Am I missing something? Smokin’ too much of the good stuff maybe?
p.s. I have a cookie-bite hearing loss - about 70% down at 1500 hz, but low-end and high-end are OK. Speech quality is extremely important. Hearing in noisy environments is very important. And music is also important (I’m studying piano).