First, I tried both the Ponto and the BP100 and got MUCH BETTER results with the Ponto. I also liked its shape and size better than the square box of the BP100. Apparently others agreed as the week of my surgery my doctor (in Detroit) did numerous Pontos and not one BP100.
However I've never said my brand is better, only MY PREFERENCE. I specifically counsel others to try and evaluate both manufacturers. I think the issue here is being OBJECTIVE and helping each other find solutions that enhance our lives, not helping manufacturers sell their wares. I know how to do that quite well, it is my profession, but this is a users group intended to help people. As I said if either manufacturer wants to listen to user comments for improvement I could provide a number.
Yes you do misunderstand my feelings about my Ponto. Just because I want more and better performance from a product doesn't mean I don't like it, rather I just want it to better serve my needs. I love my Corvette and would buy another tomorrow, but that doesn't mean I haven't tried to improve it or customize it to better serve my needs. I changed wheels, tires, exhaust, airfilter, and several interior parts to make it more the way I want it to be. Likewise, I am THRILLED to have my Ponto, which as you mentioned is changing my life for the better, which I tell people daily.
However, I want to do the same performance tweaking with my Ponto as my car. In my case I still don't know how close to my original hearing I can get with a baha unit, (nobody has told me what I can expect) so I want to tweak it to get more volume if posible, until the audiologist says that I've reached the limits. I've noticed that everyday it seems to work a bit better as I crank up the volume.....I assume that is because it does "learn" my setting needs. Having only had this unit 30 days, I do not know how much of my hearing performance can be restored yet, but won't stop trying until I achieve the best I can. After all that's why I had the surgery and spent the money for a baha unit, because I was unhappy with my lack of hearing once I became SSD. I know many others who feel the same way.
Sorry you resent my suggestion for objectivity, but that's what user sites are supposed to maintain, objectivity. Manufacturer's websites are by their nature preferential, that is their objective...to sell something, but not user sites. All I ask is for you to be objective, and not to demean my choice. I sure didn't attack you for preferring the BP100 as you have me and I would not push one brand. Read your comments to me again, you clearly chastized me for choosing the Ponto and tried to tell me why. Sorry but I disagree. I admire Cochlear for what they have done, but believe two brands offer more choice, and I will be happier when there are 4-5 brands as competition pushes all of them to be better.