I'm new here so I apologize if these questions have already been raised and answered.
I've used the Baha Divino for about 7 years and recently learned of Cochlear's upgrade program. I'm considering going to the Baha 4, but I have to admit that my expectations for the Divino were never really fulfilled. It never seemed to really filter out ambient noise, particularly in a restaurant or crowd setting, to the point where I still couldn't hear a person sitting next to me on my non-hearing side. Is the Baha 4 that much better that it's worth the cost and effort to upgrade?
Also, has anyone used SunMed Medical Solutions (an organization recommended by Cochlear) to assist with obtaining insurance coverage and dealing with my insurance company (at no extra charge to me, from what I've been told)? Any tips regarding the process and their capabilities are appreciated.
Finally, my audiologist mentioned they charge a $1000 service fee, not covered by insurance, to "calibrate and install" the new Baha device. This sounds absurd to me, but I was wondering if this was industry practice. I'm currently seeking out other audiologists in the area (mid-north NJ) to see if this is common.