- Thanks so much for putting this thread together and reporting all your observations! I stumbled on this thread and am fascinated! I have moderate hearing loss, particularly in my right ear. I've never tried a hearing aid of any kind. My family has been slightly nudging me to do something about my hearing. I can hear them fine most of the time. I explain its best not to try talking to me from another room!
Anyway, I had always thought that a hearing aid, even very high end ones, would help me hear speech better, but assumed it would make the sound a bit "tinny" and sound like it was "amplified" and or in a tunnel. From what you describe you get a full bandwidth improvement that is significantly better than without them? Wow I would never have imagined that!
Some questions please:
1. You seem to have tried various ones and reported good results with several. Strictly for music and movie listening (we have to have our priorities, right?!), and putting price completely aside, do you prefer the Phoank or the ReSound?
Answer: I preferred the Phonak easily. But again, now I know I was sick at the time, not hearing well at all I think compared to now, and whatever hearing issue I have or had may be different than yours.
2. Do you think its necessary to spend some time in beginner mode or should I request they go straight to full spectrum?
Answer: My Audiologist set the Phonaks to a beginner mode for two weeks for me to get used to them, then I came back and she set them to full correction, which didn't bother me a bit.
3. What advice do you have for finding the best/right audiologist in my area that is going to understand my needs as an audiophile? I assume I won't find that listed in anyone's online bio. So I could easily wind up making an appointment only to meet the audiologist and realize they don't "get it" for what I'm trying to accomplish and then its a wasted appointment and $.
Answer: I got lucky! No idea! However, Google "San Francisco (or Bay Area) Audio Society" and you will find info on a presentation last year by an audiophile Audiologist and take a vacation. HA!
4. Did you ever mange to try the new Phoank Marvel and if so what were your impressions? Do you think it is worth me seeking those out from the start, again, putting cost aside? If I can't find the Marvel, how can I be sure I am getting Autosense 2.0?
Answer: I was going to get the Marvel, but then my appendix burst and I discovered after weeks of IV antibiotics that my hearing is much better now. The model I demod has Autosense 2.0. The brand new Marvel has Autosense 3.0.
Thanks again. I'm finally motivated to get a hearing aid. Even if I just keep it in the armrest in my theater.
(just kidding, kinda)