I am due for hearing tests and have an appointment with my regular audiologist. I have “binaural sensorineural presbycusis”. I have read that Real Ear testing can be a great help, I presume in programming new hearing aids. My audiologist does not do them so I am looking into changing to either Massachusetts Eye and Ear or Lahey Clinic for the testing and possible purchase of new hearing aids. ME&E prescribes Oticon, Phonak, and ReSound hearing aids, Lahey prescribes Phonak and Signia (formerly Siemens). I am favoring ME&E because of their choice of hearing aids.
My question is, have those of you who have had Real Ear testing found it to be helpful?
Also, I have a problem with clarity, something that was much worse than it had been when I had hearing tests three years ago. For that reason my audiologist prescribed the Oticon Opn 1 hearing aids because at that time they had the best software to help with that. Which brands of hearing aids have helped those of you who also suffer from clarity problems the most? These darned hearing aids are so costly that any advice I can garner to help me decide will be appreciated. Of course I hope the audiologist will have the best information on which will give me the best service.
Thanks. I am especially interested in knowing about how much the Real Ear testing helps.