Very cool simulation from Phonak about the power of their Dynamic FM system. In the simulation you can adjust all the sound parameters including ambient noise, speakers voice and distance from speaker. It also totals the SNR - Sound to Noise Ratio, which is increasingly important to understand for kids with Cochlear Implants. New research is showing that keeping the background noise down is so critical. While Lily can hear down to 20dbs in quiet, her hearing drops dramatically in noise. Advanced Bionics is coming out with software called ClearVoice that makes important adjustments for this. While approved in Canada, it is still in clinical trials in the US.
I have found the Phonak to be great for my kids too, it has given them the confidence that other hearing aids were not offering. They now barely notice they are wearing them or feel any different to their friends at school.
I did however find a difference in price for the Phonak, you may have to? Compared to high street shops, I have found it cheaper to purchase these online (www.hearingaid.org.uk) is just one of many and what was wonderful is that they would come to my house and it was a great personal service.