I'm currently trialing two high-end hearing aids and I need some advice.
For the past two weeks I've been alternating between the Oticon Agil Pro mini RITE and the Starkey Wi.
When it comes to comfort, Starkey Wi's are much more comfortable. The tubes fit snugly against my ear. The Agil Pros make indentations where the tube goes over my ear. The tubes also stick out of my ear a little bit making them more noticeable.
Starkey Wi have ZERO feedback issues. Oticon Agil Pros tend to squeal a bit more in certain situations.
But for actual speech discrimination and the sound quality, Agil Pro's seem to be much better.
Now, for the Agil Pro's, I've been working with an audi and have really fine-tuned the sound quality (several appointments). For the Starkey's, the audi pretty much popped them in my ears and let me "try them out for a week." NOTE that I do have custom ear molds that I switch back and forth between the two.
- Do you think that the sound quality is worse in the Starkey Wi's simply because we haven't spent the time fine-tuning the program?
NOTE: The shutting of doors and hand claps are ridiculously loud with the Starkey's. Yet certain speech is hard to hear (the "-eetza" part of Pizza).
- Should the Agil Pro's be dramatically better at speech recognition than the Starkey Wi's? I figured they'd be somewhat similar.
I want to like the Starkey Wi's better because I want to try the ccic Otolens (i was told it's the same sound technology, so trying the Wi's is like trying the Otolens). I really like the invisible aspect of the Otolens.
However, the Agil Pro's seem to be working better. Plus, I'm getting them for $5,300 and with a flexible payment plan. The Starkey Wi's OR Otolens are going to be $6,000 and I'll have to do Care Credit.
Any advice is appreciated.