= ? ….Dead meat… well not yet.
So I have had my bargain basement Siemens Centra Actives for a month or so now.
For those new to my “cause” … I am classic mature age ski sloper .
I had a bad case of “sticker shock” after the audio quoted me aud 8500 for near redundant second string aids
I subsequently bought “gold standard” grey aids off the web and had them set up by the local Siemens distributor ( cum audio practice)
My lifestyle dictates that wearing the aids on a regular basis ( eg daily ) would be a bit pointless as I live a quiet rural life.
It has , therefore, taken some little while to generate a picture of the improvements or otherwise that they lend to my life .
The executive summary:
Hearing in quiet environment… 4/10… … they don’t add enough detail to make them worth the effort.
Hearing in noise (a) 8/10 Quiet(ish) restaurant. very good …no guessing … small group conversation quite clear.
Hearing in quiet environment … Movie theatre… 7/10… fair to good … dialogue generally much clearer but still guessing some dialectic dialogue
Hearing in live theatre 5/10 barely worth the trouble … yes the dialogue is marginally better … but the music sounds like manure …
Hearing in Noise (b) 0/10 30 or so adults in a large tent for a 21st birthday party… completely useless… running flat out and I think the aids just gave up.
( I don’t know how folks get by without the remote … it seems to me to be seminal to the task)
So I am going back to my Audio to see what can be done… but I would be a very unhappy camper if I had ten grand riding on the race so far…
My disability is hearing in a noisy social environment , and in this critical situation the aids failed completely.
My observations are that with it’s ears on backwards… no processor is going to cut the mustard ( let alone feed the predator) and I have little hope for salvation.
Higher frequencies are more directional… my brain computes that… it seems the aids do not.
I did try my traveling noise reducing headphones in a noisy restaurant environment a year or so ago, and they did help.
Next project is to play with the aids and the nr headphones.
I have a vision of a dedicated setup of good muffling nr headphones with a little programmable amp on the headband with a couple of forward facing small cone directionally sensitive mikes
Who cares if a rig like this would look a bit … er overt… I would be happy to just hear the person who is talking to me…