I have a bilateral severe to profound hearing loss and it’s been so many years using Oticon Sumo DM (Ear simulator data: peak full-on gain is 85 dB with input signal of 50 dB SPL, and the maximum output is 144 dB with OSPL90). The clarity of speech (in quiet environment) with Sumo is OK but not as good as my old analogue Oticon aids. I think it’s time to move on and try a new pair with high end technology in order to hear the speech without effort.
I’ve tried the Phonak Naida, it is powerful but I didn’t like the sound quality. So I am now comparing between Oticon Chili SP 9 and Widex Super 440 RITE SP. Will they fit my audiogram? I think Oticon Chili will not fit my hearing loss as the Widex Super 440 does.
-Oticon Chili SP9 Ear simulator data: (peak full-on gain is 82 dB with input signal of 60 dB SPL, and the maximum output is 143 dB with OSPL90)
-Widex Super 440 RITE SP receiver Ear simulator data: (peak full-on gain is 87 dB with input signal of 50 dB SPL, and the maximum output is 143 dB with OSPL90)
As you see, Widex Super is more powerful than Oticon Chili, this is why it is more likely for me to go for Widex.
Anybody who’s had experience with any of these 2 aids can please tell me his opinion (pros and cons)? Which one will be better for the clarity of speech (in quiet environment)? Will I notice a positive difference in sound quality by switching from Sumo to Widex Super 440? Are Oticon and Widex planning to release a new HA in the coming months so It’d be better to wait a bit?
Here is my latest audiogram:
125 Hz------> R:35db L:40db
250 Hz------> R:50db L:55db
500 Hz------> R:80db L:80db
1000Hz------> R:100db L:105db
2000Hz------> R:115db L:120db
4000Hz------> R:120db L:NR
Thanks in advance for your help