I was at my audi last week and I picked up some new thin tubes for my GN Resound Azures. I noticed that the new tubes are labeled “Thin Tubes 2 - 2nd generation thin tubes”. They seem to be a bit thicker and much stiffer. This is great because the previous versions sometimes bent a bit too much and the tubes ended up getting pinched where they attach to the dome or the hearing aid. I tried the news ones out and they are much better at holding the dome in your ear and the sound seemed better. I wonder if this is my imagination or if the new material is harder and conducts sound a bit differently.
Anyone else notice this? I’m glad to see that the hearing aid companies are continuing to improve the technologies around these open fit hearing aids (including simple stuff like the tubing). When I went in last week, he also upgraded the firmware on the Azures and I’m noticing that the hearing aids are doing doing a few new things. They must have tweaked some of the decision making algorithms and this is quite cool. One thing I noticed is that the hearing aids instantly drop the volume whenever there is a sudden loud noise (like a car door slamming). It happens really quickly and then restores really quickly. Not sure if this is a new feature or just a change to the way the hearing aid originally operated.
Firmware updates are a really cool feature of digital hearing aids in that its just software and companies can push out new features to an existing hardware platform. I guess the real question is whether the major players will actually push out new updates or release new models and encourage you to upgrade.