I am 62 and new to hearing aids. My test shows loss in mid-range freq. I have to turn the TV up and lose words in conversations, etc. I want the best hardware - small, light-weight. Which will work better for me Signia primax 7px or Oticon Opn?

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Alexandra Tarvin, AuD - Doctor of Audiology in Greenville
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Both of these devices can be excellent. Which one is better for you would depend on a variety of factors that you would need to discuss with your audiologist. I have patients using both products and each is happy. I agree with Melanie that you may want to try both in the office and see which you prefer. They can both be lightweight and small but they have very different processing algorithms. I have had amazing feedback from my patients wearing the Oticon Opn as it is a revolutionary platform.
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Lisa Goldstein, MA - Hearing Healthcare Provider in Tarzana
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Siemens and Oticon are both excellent manufacturers, researching and developing the best in hearing aid technology. I have worked with both the Primax 7 and the new Oticon Opn with success. It's always nice to work with an audiologist that will let you try both instruments however, it also depends on your needs. If you want the latest in direct connection to your iphone that option is not available in the Siemens product. On the other hand, Siemens is the way to go if you want a rechargable device. If you have an audiologist that you are comfortable with and trust they will guide you through this process. Best wishes and success,

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Kerby Ball - Hearing Healthcare Provider in Kansas City
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The primax 7 is an excellent choice. The Oticon Opn is also an excellent option as they are both top flight solutions.

Generally speaking your loss can be easily addressed. However the greatest determinate of success is your speach discrimination scores.

This in combination with your other listening environments that you are needing addressed in addition to your budget will ultimately decide the right level of technology and product needs.

The ultimate goal is to get you hearing on a path that will be sustainable over your lifetime while preserving your current hearing and your ability to discriminate speech.

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Barbara H. Jenkins, AuD - Doctor of Audiology
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Why not try both and see which is better for you?  Find an audiologist who isn't owned by the company they work for and have them order both.  Try each for a week and you decide which is best for you.  There will probably be a charge but it would be money well spent.

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Beth Alberto, AuD - Doctor of Audiology in Summerville
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Both systems are good, but more importantly, you should see a professional and listen to the aids yourself!  Find someone in your area that would provide a demonstration of both technologies.

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Brad Odom - Hearing Healthcare Provider in Cheraw
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Both options are excellent choices.  You won't make a bad choice either way.  My preference is the Opn, but the only way to truly know, is to try them both.  I am certain the dispenser you are working with is willing to let you try them both before you decide.  I fimly believe there is not a single hearing aid that is right for everyone.  We all have different preferences.  Manufacturers process sound differently, which means you will likely notice an immediate sound quality difference between the two instruments.  Both are successful leading manufacturers but you will likely prefer one over the other.  Try before you buy!

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Melanie Herzfeld, AuD - Doctor of Audiology in Woodbury
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I have found over the years that while I might be able to predict generally how many will choose which device, I am not always right...I prefer putting both aids on patients to see which one they prefer.  My patients have been pleased with this approach because no one knows their ears like they do!

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Member Justin Brader - 5 months ago
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You mentioned that you want the best hardware. But lets clarify that the hardware in both devices is roughly the same (Not to mention that neither manufacturer publishes hard technical specifications such as processor speed, memory amount, or memory speed, etc). This is why the size and configuration are approximately the same. Think about laptop computers. You can walk into Best Buy and see 20+ 15.6" laptop computers with a screen and a keyboard and a touchpad, that fold in half, with a bunch of different plugs on the sides. They all look very similar. But the prices range between $300 and $2000. Which one has the best hardware? Is that really the question to ask? I think the real question is, what do you want the device to do? Based on your comment, it sounds like you want the devices to make it easier to understand television and conversations. Both of these devices will help you achieve these simple goals. As far as how they will do the job, the real difference lies in the SOFTWARE in the devices, not the HARDWARE. This is reflected in the philosophies of the two companies.

The Signia Primax devices emphasize the device' ability to try and shut out any noise that competes with the person talking. This can be very helpful in a very noisy room where sound is coming at you from all directions, such as a restaurant. In this scenario, you will hear the person across the table as long as you are looking directly at them (focusing the microphones of the hearing devices ON THEM). However, in a situation such as watching television, that ability to shut out everything but the television *might* be detrimental to you (depending on the details of your hearing loss, which I don't know) if someone tries to talk to you from 15 feet off to the side (down the hall) or behind you (in the kitchen).

By contrast, the Oticon Opn devices specifically go out of their way to NOT eliminate surrounding noise completely. Opns utilize different software to emphasize and isolate the voice of the person speaking, while allowing you to remain peripherally aware of the sounds and speakers around you. This is much more like how our ears and brain worked before we ever needed hearing devices. So to go back to that television situation, even though you are listening and hearing that television well, Oticon's hope is that when your family member says something to you from 15 feet off to the side, you will still hear and understand more of what they are saying, AS WELL. But when you go to that noisy restaurant, they want that racket to be tolerable and not interfere with hearing the person across the table, but the racket should still be there, as it is for everybody else. Remember, before you needed hearing help (assuming there was such a time), if you went to a loud restaurant, there was nothing you could do to reduce the background noise other than leave or yell for everybody to shut up.

The idea that you can "try" each device in succession is generally erroneous. The reason is because all the evidence, scientific, clinical, and anecdotal suggests that it takes anywhere from 30 days to 120 days for YOU to adjust to the new sound of the hearing devices you have chosen. And every time you go through that adjustment process, you have inherently changed how you perceive sound and speech. So you can put on a pair of Primax devices and spend a week thinking they work well (compared to nothing), then when you put on the Opns they will sound different (compared to Primax). Or vice versa. A short term trial does nothing to determine what the devices will sound like or how effective they will be in 6 months or a year or more (if you wear them full time, as you are supposed to).

My suggestion, based on in-office speech-in-noise test results and aided-versus-unaided word recognition testing, would be the Oticon Opn. I have tested and fit people with all major brands and models of devices, and although there are some exceptions (of course), overall, the measured outcomes of these tests AND the feedback I have received from the end users has been overwhelmingly in favor of the Oticon devices.

Good luck.

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