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The IMPOSSIBLE Hearing Aid Question | Phonak Audeo Marvel vs. ReSound LiNX Quattro

By: Dr Cliff Olson
February 12, 2019
Video Transcript

There is one type of question that I find nearly impossible to answer when asked on this channel.  Here is an example:  “I will be getting my first pair of hearing aids this year. Which would you recommend between Phonak Audeo M and Resound LiNX Quattro 9?

I use an iPhone XR so android streaming is not an issue. My hearing loss is moderate. I also have no issues with dexterity.”While this is a TERRIFIC question, it is impossible to answer a question like this without more information.  There are a variety of factors that go into deciding which hearing aids are best for you.Here are a few examples:

1. What are the specifics of your audiogram?  Without knowing your exact thresholds, it is impossible to recommend the perfect hearing aid to treat your hearing loss.  Without knowing this information, i can't determine the style, power level, or technology level that you should be using.  Not to mention, if you need a custom ear mold, there are some manufacturers that do this better than others.

 2. What is your Speech in Noise Score?  Your Speech in Noise score will indicate how well you should expect to perform with hearing aids in a noisy situation.  If you score poorly, you need to make sure you have a device that can help you more in a noisy situation.  This includes access to wireless accessories like a remote microphone or FM system.

3. What about your Lifestyle?  If you are an active individual you may need a device with different features like a Telecoil. A telecoil has the ability to tap directly into an induction loop at a theater or conference center to allow for direct access to the sound board to provide better hearing in these environments.4. What about App requirements?  If you are the type of person who likes to make adjustments to your own devices, you need a hearing aid with a app that can do this.  5. How much experience does your hearing care provider has with each brand?

 If you go to a primarily ReSound provider, I would probably recommend you get a ReSound hearing aid due to their familiarity with the product.  If you go to a primarily Phonak provider, you should probably get a Phonak hearing aid.  However, if your ReSound or Phonak provider doesn't do Real Ear Measurement, I would probably recommend you go with whatever brand that is recommended by one that does.

If you don't know what Real Ear Measures are check out this video:  If you are going to spend good money on hearing aids you need to make sure that ever little aspect of your hearing loss and lifestyle are examined with a magnifying glass to ensure that you are getting the right devices and treatment.

I'm happy to answer whatever questions are left in the comment section of my videos, but unless I have the opportunity to review your full case, I can't possibly answer the question of which hearing aid is best for you.

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