Another thing to think about is it actually takes longer than the 30 day trial to get them adjusted right, don't know about you but I paid $500 in fitting fees, I went back after 1 week, then my 3 week appointment is monday, except I'm returning the Ambras I got and getting my Naida, bot sure how that's going to work now maybe I'll go back in a week after that? dunno, anyway then you go at 3 months, then 6 months and year? maybe? I guess if you're still having problems in the early stages you can go back more. But realistically 30 days is only 2 adjustments....and the second adjustment is only 2 days before the 30 days are up.
But on the other hand, if you didn't like the Naidas in the first place and want to try another brand, well that's a horse of a didn't color. My previous aid was an Oticon, the sound is totally different. I realize I have Ambras, not Naidas, but they're still Phonaks and have the same tech, the Phonaks sound is much harsher, more crisp? than an Oticons, you might like it better.
Didn't you post your audiogram on here? If I'm remembering rightyou loss is pretty severe but not like almost deaf deaf
You might be able to be fitted with an aid at Costco, my loss is too bad, they don't have anything that I can be fitted with there. now most of the peeps on here poo poo Costco, they'll tell you to go see an actual audiologist. Well i can't speak for all the Costcos out there, but the one I went to had a real honest to God audiologist, and you'll get to do a 3 month trial, not 30 days, and I don't think you have to pay for them up front either, and the fitting sessions are free, and I think most of them come with the com pilots and electric dryers and all that jazz....and I think the most they cost for a pair, yes that's both aids, would be like 4K, with all the other stuff included. Also the peeps will tell you to get name brand, well Costco has rebranded....meaning their Bernafons are really Oticons, their Bridges are really Resounds. They have Kirkland Signature Brands, THOSE are not "name brand", they're Costco brand. Obviously I've never tried one, so i can't testify to the quality of Costco brand hearing aid, but I can tell you that I do shop at Costco and everything i've ever bought that was Kirkland Signature was superlative, just awesome. Oh and the kirkland aids apparently have a program on their aids for Live music, I have one of the brochures for them because I did go to Costco to check out aids (that's how I found out they didn't have anything for me the audi literally went "uhhhhhhhhh" after my hearing test)I wish my hearing wasn't quite so bad just so I could check that out! The Phonaks for music SUCK!!!
oh and...I think a lot of the reason Costco gets poo poo'ed on here so much is because most of the members are in the same boat I'm in, too much loss for any of the aids they carry. I'd be fairly confident in saying that most of the posters on here can't actually go to Costco for hearing aids.