Thank you to everyone for this great resource, I have rapidly progressed from total ignorance to a healthy level of confusion by reading the archives this past week!
My employee insurance policy provides financial assistance when hearing aids are obtained through EPIC Hearing Health Care. I searched for EPIC within the forums, and did not find much, so I posted another message with an explanation of how their program works. Basically, my employer pays for a chuck of the cost, and they use EPIC to administer the process. EPIC gets bigger discounts with some manufacturers than others, so all things being equal the brand of hearing aid can have a huge effect on the final cost.
EPIC referred me to a local audiologist who has a very strong relationship with Starkey. He dispenses other brands, but does not hide his long term relationship with and affection for Starkey, and a lesser degree of familiarity with other brands.
Question 1: from reading the archives, it seems that having an audiologist who is very familiar with the programming of a specific hearing aid is a big advantage. Is this true, and if so, is it enough of a reason to seek out another audiologist if I cannot go the Starkey route?
Question 2: it seems that the way EPIC works, the trial begins after the patient purchases the HA. Is this buy and try approach normal, or is this due to working through EPIC?
Question 3: This one might be the most naive, but the EPIC prices on Resound Dot2 30 and Live 9 are much lower than similarly retail priced units from other manufacturers. Has Resound lost standing since their attempted sale, and should there be any concerns about going with the brand? Do some wearers with similar hearing loss to mine find enough of a difference with Oticon, Phonak, or Seimens RICs to justify a $1,000-$1,500 difference in price for a pair?
Thanks in advance for help with navigating through this…