Nice signature, Donna! Congrats!
I agree with you -- it was easier finding a great vestibular therapist than it was a good audiologist. I still haven't found one in North Georgia where I now live.
But to answer your questions: Because the CROS system sends everything to my non-AN ear, it was difficult at first identifying the direction of sounds. I would always turn in the direction of my good ear. However, with time, I seem to be doing better with that. I actually don't know why, but it's not the struggle I had at first.
Let me tell you the story about finding the device for my needs: Because of having the brain tumor, I really did not want to having hearing aids which generated electromagnetic frequencies. When I mentioned this to my first audiologist, he said I was crazy, and that there was nothing to support EMFs contributing to brain tumors. And he went on to tell how wonderful having the bluetooth capabilities in the hearing aids (you can connect them with your cell phone and have the sound right in your hearing aids; you can connect your television to your hearing aids; your stereo, etc.). He did not listen to my concerns and wrote them off. So, I switched to a different audiologist.
I think she thought I was crazy, too, (and maybe I am!), but at least she listened to me. She recommended the Oticon CROS system since it was less invasive to the brain because it used another way to transfer the sound from the one ear to the other going around the brain and not through it (I'm trying to keep it simple here and not use the scientific terms). When I found out I could also turn the Bluetooth off manually, that's when I decided it was the system I wanted. Some of the CROS systems do not give you the option to turn off the Bluetooth. So, even though my second audiologist thought I was concerned about something that she didn't see as a problem, she still gave me her recommendation on what she thought would best serve my needs. She, herself, did not wear an Oticon, and the brands on her desk were from other companies, so I didn't feel like she was trying to push me toward the brand she advertised or used herself.
Would I recommend the Oticon CROS system to you, Donna? Not necessarily. It all depends upon what your particular needs and desires are. You might really enjoy the benefits that some of the other CROS systems offer. The most important factor is finding an audiologist who will listen to you and then try to meet your specific needs.
Let me know how it goes!