Need advice on new aids
Ward R Drennan
wdrennan at silver.ucs.indiana.edu
Thu Jan 11 17:14:42 EST 1996
In article <aahzDKxyGn.36v at netcom.com>,
Mean Green Dancing Machine <aahz at netcom.com> wrote:
>Howdy, folks. I've been wearing BTE aids for more than 20 years. It's
>been 10 years since the last time I replaced them, and more than 5 since
>the last time I went to an audiologist. Now the aids are starting to
>break down, and none of the places I've called will recondition them
>I've been very happy with the aids I have, and I'm rather loathe to go
>through an adaptation period unless I'll have a substantial gain in
>performance. I have a Bernafon T95 in my left (primary) ear, and a
>Widex A12 in the right. (Yes, I'm aware that this is counter to the
>usual advice to use the same brand in both ears, particularly when both
>ears have a similar profile.)
>Here are several questions:
>1) Have there been any known changes to the T95 or A12 in the last 10
I don't know for sure, but hearing aids have been advancing by
leaps and bounds lately - both technogically and *gasp* fiscally.
>2) Assuming my profile hasn't changed, am I likely to get substantially
>better performance with a newer model?
Substantially? Depends on what you mean by substantial. The compression aids
sound much better (and cost much more) than the old traditional peak clipping
>3) Is my hearing loss too severe for an ITE aid? (The T95 has a PC-C of
>125 and AGC of 85, with volume normally set to 3.)
Depends on the loss, but your audiologist should set you as well as possible.
>4) One of my few complaints about the T95 is the poor performance of the
>telecoil. Are there any aids of that power level with a good telecoil?
I'm sure you can find something that will please you.
>5) I'm in the SF Bay Area, and I've traditionally gone to Stanford for
>an audiologist. Looking around, I see some audiologists in independent
>practices, and some attached to dispensers. What are some common
>advantages and disadvantages?
An independent audiologist is a much better choice. He/She will NOT
be limited to a particular brand and can give you a fair take on the
whole hearing aid market. A dispensor even if they do have a certified
audiologist is going to sell you their aids which may or may not be
what you need or want.
>6) If you're in the Bay Area, please send me e-mail if you've had any
>particularly good or bad experiences with audiologists or dispensers,
>especially on the south end of the peninsula. I'll summarize to
>Oh, and in case anyone is interested, I do phone-based tech support for
>a living. That should explain why I'm a bit paranoid about the
>possibility of getting the wrong aids, and am tempted to just stick with
>what works now.
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