Just received my new CROS II after having worn the CROS for the last 3 years. My early read is that it is much more effective in noisy situations. In a triangle setting with one person on my good ear and one on my bad, I'm able to track the entire conversation. I was not able to do that before. I have a couple of weeks to test it out in a variety of settings. But it's promising. I'm hoping it's a great improvement.
Please report your results frequently.
Try them out in a noisy restaurant and in a noisy social setting where many conversations and background noise are taking place and see how the "stereo zoom" works.
The "stereo zoom" is a critical development in the CROS II that wasn't part of the CROS. If the "stereo zoom" provides relief from loud ambient noise it's well worth the $3100.
Okay folks. I completed the first of my trials (13 day) with the new CROS II system and found the results compelling enough that I'm going to go ahead with the official purchase and will initiate my 30 day trial. I go in Friday morning for my fitting.
Here's what I learned in the first trial. The difference between CROS and CROS II is that I was able to hear more of the person's voice on my bad side through the noise. It was a noticeable improvement. My brain didn't have to work as hard. I'm headed to some conferences over the next couple of weeks and will continue to test in noisier situations, but the CROS II has promise.
In addition to the CROS II, I'm also going to trial the ComPilot Air with the Phonak RemoteMic. One scenario it can be used for is eating out at a noisier restaurant. I will wear the ComPilot Air and my husband will wear the RemoteMic. It has the effect of putting his voice directly into my good ear. It's not too bad on cost either. The ComPilot Air with RemoteMic comes to $395. Seems like a reasonable amount of money to spend to feel more comfortable in restaurants. It won't solve the problem when there's multiple people at the table, but my hope is that it will make eating out with one other person more comfortable.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.