Oticon Agil Pro
I've been hearing better with Oticon since last Thursday. Because I want to do justice to my description of how I am hearing now, I am going to take my time writing about this so I get it right. In this first post, I'd simply like to list a few of the advantages I've noticed with my new Oticon Agil Pro aids over the pair I wore before made by Unitron. This may be a bit of an apples to oranges comparison because my previous aids were 5 years old so please keep that in mind. This list is in order of what I like best, starting at the top.
- Sound is richer in quality and easier to hear.
- When I put the Agil Pros in my ears, I hear melodious musical tones so I know they are "on". Before I would tap my finger on the microphone behind my ear "testing, 1, 2, 3" style.
- The hearing aid tube inside my ear isn't a tube, it's a wire so it doesn't get clogged by ear wax. Brilliant!
- The receiver is at the end of this wire which sits inside my ear. Sound is more natural. My previous hearing aids had the receiver located behind the ear.
- I have a volume control button. I can increase the volume a couple settings and turn it down even more. The best part of this is that no matter if I move up or down in the settings, when I return to the volume level programmed by my audiologist, I hear beeps so I know I'm back where I need to be for everyday. Smart!
- This hasn't happened yet but my audiologist gave me a demo in her office. When the battery is dying, there is a single warning beep. When it is powering down, there is a "dying beep" that sounds to me like someone falling off a cliff in an arcade game. In fact, the sound tickled me so much, I announced I would wait to change my batteries just to hear it. With my previous aids, the warning beeps were numerous and sometimes hours passed in between them so I didn't pay much attention to them. As a result I frequently found myself with muted hearing aids wondering how long they had been off. Now I know to start reaching for my batteries once I hear that warning beep because the final beep is only minutes away.
I think all of these advantages reflect Oticon's People First slogan. They make my hearing aid experience as the user much nicer.
In addition to my hearing aids, Oticon generously provided me with their ConnectLine package of products which I will write about in a separate post. Suffice it to say for now, the sound quality with their bluetooth streamer provides clarity I've never experienced before, even with my FM system.