I’m new to the forum and to hearing aids and am looking for a little wisdom. I’m sure I have lots of questions but the overarching one is whether HAs will provide me enough benefit to overcome the downsides. Those being the ‘look’ (i.e. vanity), the inconveniences, and the costs.
I’ve entered my latest audiogram.
Here’s what I’ve tried so far. I went to an audiologist at a hospital for a hearing test and an ENT check. They offered HAs but it’s hard to get on the schedule. So I went to a clinic. She fitted Starkey Evolv CICs, but sounds were muffled and they didn’t seem to help much so she had them remade with a shorter receiver stem and a large vent. While I waited she lent me Oticon More RICs. Those sounded like they were doing something but speech in noise was worse with them than without. And the cones hurt my ear canals.
When the remade Starkeys arrived they were painful to wear for more than an hour or so. Painful in the sense that they felt too big.
At this point I came to the conclusion that she just had limited skills and I got most of my money back.
Then I tried the latest Eargo aids. But sent them back after only two days because the cones/petals irritated my ear canals so much. They also seemed too tight.
It’s now been 3 months and am down $800 with no HAs. Not to mention all the time spent. I’m questioning whether the tech is good enough to be worth this journey. I realize this is a subjective question but did I go wrong somewhere?