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    I have been wearing Phonak Audeo S Smart V BiCros aids since 2011. They have been sent back to Phonak for check and refurbishment annually, but are now out of warranty. I have had additional hearing loss over time and am having increasing difficulty with conversation and phone calls. I had an appointment with the audiologist today and he tweaked the high frequency programming to see if there was any improvement. It seems to have helped some.

    Since my aids are out of warranty I asked about getting new aids. He recommended Siemens Signia BiCros as a possibility. He said they were relatively new on the market and he had no personal experience fitting them. That immediately raised a red caution flag. Phonak is also a possibility, but I'm not sure the Phonak technology has advanced enough to make replacement worthwhile. I was interested in the Widex BiCros as they have been mentioned favorably on this forum. Unfortunately my present audiologist has no current account with Widex, although he said he had fitted them in the past. I am considering the possibility of using a different audiologist who can also fit Widex. Thoughts?

    I have no hearing in the right ear at all. I discussed the idea of a cochlear implant in the right ear with my MD ear specialist. He thought that I would probably not qualify for the implant on Medicare, since I do have some hearing in the left ear. I would have to bear the entire cost on my own. He wasn't sure that the possible improvement in hearing would be worth the cost, about $34,000. Vic
    Last edited by vlcakc; 08-03-2016 at 06:44 PM.
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    You could meet with a cochlear implant specialist to see if you would qualify. You never know.

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    I'm just wondering what you decided to do. A Bicros is an option for me, also I passed the CI evaluation so I could go that route. One doctor even suggested a Baha. I'm so conflicted at this point. I'm supposed to go on Medicare in the fall and I've been warned that my hearing in my good ear is too good for a CI based on Medicare restrictions but I would qualify now. Please ignore my audiogram. I need to update that. I have a profound loss now in my bad ear and a moderate loss in my good. I'll update as soon as I have a little time.
    Last edited by Shirley; 03-19-2017 at 12:08 PM. Reason: audiogram out of date

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    I actually haven't done anything. I'm dealing with some other health issues right now and have deferred a decision on new aids for now. I did try to contact two other audiologists that fit Widex aids with no response. My ENT confirmed that my hearing is "too good" to qualify for a CI under Medicare. Good luck on your decision. Vic
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