For many years I had a lot of difficulties with playing piano using digital hearing aid and had to resort to my analogue hearing aids. I also had hearing loss all my life. This is has been an ongoing struggle for over 20 years since the digital hearing aids took over.
Of course, this is “a” solution not the “the” solution, as people’s hearing losses etc… are all different. But I think I would like to share my experience in case it is helpful for someone out there with similar issues.
In my recent journey, I had tried Oticon Xceed, Phonak Naida as recommended by my audiologist. Neither of these were anywhere suitable as there was a severe sound clipping with music. My audiologist also gave me an ear mould with vent by mistake which also led to lots of wasted fitting sessions. I later tried Widex, but while the speech sounds were more natural than Naida, the live music was still very poor even after adjustments.
I also tried Resound Linx Quattro 9 BTE 88. I actually found this hearing aid by looking at people’s experiences online. This was the closest match to analogue hearing aid without any severe clipping of sounds. The audiologist fitted the hearing aid however made several mistakes, putting me as “first time user” and not really following the literature in relation to how to adjust these for live music. So my initial reaction was that music sounded really off and out of tune.
Later on I managed to get Noah wireless device to do the fitting myself. I was surprised to discovered that boosting the bass made a big difference, also the compression ratio of 1 works the best for me. For the first time, I managed to be able to do an entire piano practice of 3 hours entirely on a digital hearing aid. I was also able to hear details in music I did not hear with analogue hearing aid and can hear the wrong notes very clearly.
It is also very easy to program Resound hearing aids using their fitting software. You will just need to buy a Noah wireless device to connect your hearing aid to the software.
I also liked the fast connection to Bluetooth of this Resound hearing aid to Android devices, and speech etc… are really clear. I can hear the nuances much more clearly compared to before.
So this is a potential solution for those of you out there, who might be also looking for a hearing aid that works well with music. I am aware this is a very painful journey that not many will understand or appreciate, but I am hopeful that as technology improves, this will become less of an issue in the future.