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Thread: Linx 3D RIC 61 vs Halo 2 RIC 312 vs Opn Minirite and earmold question

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    Default Linx 3D RIC 61 vs Halo 2 RIC 312 vs Opn Minirite and earmold question

    I currently wear 6 year old Starkey CIC hearing aids and I'm ready to upgrade to new bluetooth capable aids. I tried the ReSound LiNX 3D RIC 61 aids for a week and now I'm trialing Starkey Halo 2 RIC 312. I'll try out a pair of Oticon Opn miniRITE aids next week. The problem I'm having is that my hearing is severe enough that the sound isn't strong enough with the dome tips that come with the RIC's. I tried different styles and sizes. My audi said I'd likely need to get a custom earmold for whichever aids I choose so the sound won't escape. This has really messed up the trial of these aids for me, I can't compare how I hear sounds with them.
    So I have two questions. Since the trail periods have basically turned into nothing more than testing out features and the iPhone apps for each set, do you guys have recommendations between these three brands?
    Also, if I have to get earmolds made for the new aids, shouldn't they be considerably smaller than my CIC's since they only need to be big enough to house the tiny receiver in the tip and to seal the sound in the ear? It's hard enough going from fairly discreet CIC's to the RIC's, I really hope I won't have big earmolds as well. My audiologist couldn't answer this for me. Thanks for any input you can offer.
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    A week trial is worthless..
    Yes, you definitely need properly vented custom molds.
    Any other AuDs in your area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzy View Post
    Also, if I have to get earmolds made for the new aids, shouldn't they be considerably smaller than my CIC's since they only need to be big enough to house the tiny receiver in the tip and to seal the sound in the ear? It's hard enough going from fairly discreet CIC's to the RIC's, I really hope I won't have big earmolds as well. My audiologist couldn't answer this for me. Thanks for any input you can offer.
    Sorry to tell you, but I just changed from the RIC 85dB receivers with bass domes to the RIC 105dB receivers with custom clear acrylic molds, and while the earlier (RIC 85dB receiver with bass domes) can't be seen at all from the outside because it sits deep enough and completely inside the canal and only the wire is seen, the later (RIC 105dB receivers with custom molds) is just as big as the CIC, so it'll be just as conspicuous as the CIC. And on top of that you have the wire going from the HA behind your ear into the door of the custom mold. With this wire, the RIC custom mold is even more conspicuous than the CIC. No matter how small your receiver is, the custom mold needs to take up all the space in the canal, then some right outside of it as well.

    See the pics attachments here to get an idea.
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    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    Thank you so much for your response. That's terribly disappointing to hear and I'm sure my audiologist knew this but just didn't want to tell me yet. The pictures were very helpful. Are you happy with the OPN?
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    Doc Jake there are but this one is in with my ENT and my insurance will cover aids purchased through them. I'm afraid it will be more difficult if I go outside of that group. I may have to check. Thanks.
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    Tell the AuD (who wants your $$$) you need at least a 30 days no fee trial.

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    Doc Jake, I will. I still don't really understand why the earmold has to be so big. It seems like as long as it's a small solid piece and can fit snuggly at the top of the canal, that would be good enough. I'm thinking now that if they can't do that then I'll just order another set of CIC's and forget about the Bluetooth functionality.
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    100dB receiver with power molds should be what you need to test with. If your guy can't provide that, go to the next guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gery_R View Post
    100dB receiver with power molds should be what you need to test with. If your guy can't provide that, go to the next guy.
    Power molds?
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    They don't.


    Quote Originally Posted by Suzy View Post
    Doc Jake, I will. I still don't really understand why the earmold has to be so big. It seems like as long as it's a small solid piece and can fit snuggly at the top of the canal, that would be good enough. I'm thinking now that if they can't do that then I'll just order another set of CIC's and forget about the Bluetooth functionality.

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