Resound or Oticon?

Posted by sparklegram @sparklegram, Aug 4, 2019

Good morning everyone. I'm getting new hearing aids and Friday I saw my audiologist. I'm testing Resound first and then I'll try Oticon. She said these two are her "go-to" brands. Has anyone had experience with these two brands, and if so, do you have an opinion about them? It's been awhile since I bought my last pair which were Phonaks. Technology has changed drastically, so the learning curve seems huge to me! I'd appreciate your thoughts and experiences.

@julieo4

Important to understand that BlueTooth does not replace telecoils. You can have both.

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Thing is – what I have being told at the convention is that some of the audiologist offers blue tooth and states they do not need tcoil- crazy – and ill informed

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A very big difference between the two is that with Oticon (and Phonak) you can connect multiple receivers to one of their remote microphones, with Resound you cannot. The reason for having a second receiver is that way you can connect the remote mic to your hearing aid, AND at the same time connect that mic to your phone where you can use something like http://www.streamer.center to caption what people are saying. Having that live captioning is really nice. You can do that with Oticon and Phonak, you can't do it with Resound.

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I'm new to this forum and was wanting some direction on hearing aids. I live on a ranch and work outside a lot around noisy machinery as well as livestock. I have noticed my hearing becoming poorer and affected by wind and background noise more, making it more difficult to hear my family or friends. I had my hearing tested about 3 weeks ago and as I expected I had moderate hearing loss especially in the higher frequencies. Also when the audiologist tested me for word recognition my right ear was much worse than my left ear. He said given my lifestyle and work venue he recommended at least a middle of the road quality as well as a receiver in-ear (RIE) type because my low frequency hearing wasn't too bad and the RIE type could be programmed to help the other frequencies without distorting the lower ones. He also said if i was just looking to watch TV one would do the trick but in my case he recommended getting one for both ears. The brand he handles are the ReSound. I am looking for some input on hearing aids in general and if there are any ranchers/farmers who know what I'm dealing with as an everyday occurrence. Thanks in advance. Scott

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@scottinsd

I'm new to this forum and was wanting some direction on hearing aids. I live on a ranch and work outside a lot around noisy machinery as well as livestock. I have noticed my hearing becoming poorer and affected by wind and background noise more, making it more difficult to hear my family or friends. I had my hearing tested about 3 weeks ago and as I expected I had moderate hearing loss especially in the higher frequencies. Also when the audiologist tested me for word recognition my right ear was much worse than my left ear. He said given my lifestyle and work venue he recommended at least a middle of the road quality as well as a receiver in-ear (RIE) type because my low frequency hearing wasn't too bad and the RIE type could be programmed to help the other frequencies without distorting the lower ones. He also said if i was just looking to watch TV one would do the trick but in my case he recommended getting one for both ears. The brand he handles are the ReSound. I am looking for some input on hearing aids in general and if there are any ranchers/farmers who know what I'm dealing with as an everyday occurrence. Thanks in advance. Scott

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HI Scott in SD. Welcome to Mayo Connect. It's a great place to ask questions.

Are you familiar with any of the research that has been done on farmers relative to noise induced hearing loss? https://gpcah.public-health.uiowa.edu/fact-sheets/hearing-loss/ Here is one of them. Noise induced hearing loss is common in anyone who works around noise. It generally starts in the higher frequencies, so men's voices are easier to understand than women's and children's voices. Right sided noise induced hearing loss is often diagnosed in right handed hunters. The rifle is closer to the right ear than the left although it likely will affect both ears. I'm quite sure that my own noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) was promoted by the hunting and trap shooting I did when I was a kid. (My hero was Annie Oakley, but that's another story!)

ReSound is a good hearing aid brand. Does your diagnostician handle any other brands? The brands can differ. My audiologist recommends one particular brand, but also has access to others, which helped me the last time around as I ended up selecting a brand different than the one I tried first. ReSound has several models, so don't be hesitant to try different models if what you try first doesn't seem to do the trick. Be sure to try them in every possible situation you wish to hear in during your trial period. Good luck to you.

PS: My advice is to always request telecoils, manual volume control and Bluetooth capability. Insist that the provider show you how telecoils work. They can be extremely helpful with audio devices; computer included.

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I just got new Resounds and found them no better than my five-year old Resound aids. Except they were rechargeable which was great. Anyway, I returned them. I wanted something with more improvements than my present aids. They were supposed to have better streaming sound for music especially, but that was no better. The setting for noisy environment was no better, either. I need more improvements before I spring for new aids.

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@raykraemer

I just got new Resounds and found them no better than my five-year old Resound aids. Except they were rechargeable which was great. Anyway, I returned them. I wanted something with more improvements than my present aids. They were supposed to have better streaming sound for music especially, but that was no better. The setting for noisy environment was no better, either. I need more improvements before I spring for new aids.

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I'm very happy with my Phonaks. They are rechargeable and I can use my phone to control sound levels etc.

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@sparklegram, Resound and Oticon are name brands and have excellent products. I have Resound Linx 3D's, which are not the manufacturers latest product now. Mine are almost 3 years old. Features are what sets the different products apart. I would suggest downloading the app for each product to compare how much control you will have over the hearing aids. It should be criminal but the manufacturers do not make it easy to find information about their products. They want you to go to a hearing health care provider just for information. I suggest looking at http://www.hearingtracker.com for information. You can see features that are available. Keep in mind that two manufacturers may have the same feature, but it may be called something else. The key to a good fit is the reputation of your hearing health care provider. Don't take just one person's word since everyone's hearing is unique. Some types of hearing loss are easy to fit. A person with moderate loss would most likely be easier to fit than a person with severe to profound loss.
Tony in Michigan

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I've had several sets of Resound aids, good hearing aids, but I got new Resounds last month and they were no better than the five-year old Resounds that I had. So I returned them and have ordered Signia aids by Siemans; supposed to be one of the best. So we will see. Whatever you get, get the top of the line.

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@raykraemer

I've had several sets of Resound aids, good hearing aids, but I got new Resounds last month and they were no better than the five-year old Resounds that I had. So I returned them and have ordered Signia aids by Siemans; supposed to be one of the best. So we will see. Whatever you get, get the top of the line.

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Both Resound and Signia/Siemans are good brands. I do hope your new aids have telecoils and BlueTooth functionability, AND that the provider takes time to instruct you on using both. We don't buy cars without headlights or aid conditioning even though we don't need them all the time. When we have need for them, they are worth the cost of the expensive hearing aids.

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@raykraemer @julieoo4 And, did your audie take the time to explain the T coil to you?

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