Thank you so much for your prompt reply.
Since reading your reply I have been researching on the internet and I think I understand your preference for the Micropower. The receiver (I tend to think of it more as the speaker) in the ear, separated from the microphone above the ear, makes a lot of sense. My only concern with it is wax, and more particularly, perspiration. I sweat profusely. I can keep my molds clean with warm, soapy water, but what about a receiver in the canal. Will this be a problem, do you think?
When comparing the Phonak Supero to the Oticon Sumo DM, I don’t have the technical expertise to prefer one over the other for their abilities. All I see are two super strength instruments, one with full control for the user via remote, and the other with no control by the user. On that basis I would lean toward the Phonak with the remote. Intellectually I understand that a truly sophisticated instrument can, and probably should, operate autonomously. In reality, I’m apprehensive about that.
On another forum someone recommended the America Hears FreedomAD Superpower. Is this at all comparable to the Phonak Supero and the Oticon Sumo? It’s certainly less expensive and it does offer some controls on the aid itself.
FYI, my audi suggested Oticon Syncro or Safron (in that order), Siemens Centra or Artis, and finally Phonak Perseo 311 followed by Phonak Supero. She said I might also consider the Phonak Savia, although that would be more expensive. She seemed reluctant to quote Phonak and when I asked her about that she said that their prices are not as good because they won’t discount as much and also she is having difficulty with their software in the satellite office I was visiting. She is not having that difficulty at the main office, so as long as I am willing to drive 1 1/2 hours to the main office, she would not have a problem dispensing a Phonak. I appreciated her candor, but I do not think her software difficulties should be a part of my buying decision for something I have to live with for years. The point I’m trying to make here is that I think her ranking of Oticon #1, Siemens #2, and Phonak #3, was more for her benefit than mine.
To sum this up, my questions are:
- Does the Phonak Micropower present a moisture problem I would not have with other units?
- Is the America Hears FreedomAD superpower a viable alternative for me?
- Do I need another audi?
- Are today’s aids truly sophisticated enough to justify eliminating even volume control?
Thanks again for the information you have already given me, and for whatever you might provide in response to these queries.