I need some help from other forum members. Anybody have a similar experience, or some insight into it?
I’ve had [digital] Aleras with custom earmolds made of Lucite (I think–they’re harder than silicone, anyway), mainly to help with retention. With domes, the Aleras tended to fall off my ears without me even feeling it happen at the time, so we went to earmolds so I wouldn’t lo$e them. I’ve had these since late last summer, and after the usual round of adjustments, have generally been very happy with both.
But I’m having one minor issue I haven’t noticed in other threads here, and I don’t know what to make of it. I will ask my audiologist about it next time I see her, but in the meantime, any thoughts are welcome.
Many days, the sound is good and steady for hours at a time if not all day. Other days, occasionally, the sound will seem slightly muffled for hours at a time. And then other days, including today, the sound slowly cycles in and out between seeming correct vs. seeming muffled. The cycles may last 30 seconds to a minute. It’s subtle and is primarily noticeable when listening to music or in a noisy environment with treble such as in a restaurant. The best way for me to characterize it when it’s cycling is that it’s like somebody’s slowly adjusting the treble knob on an older stereo amplifier from 0 to -10 and back again.
I don’t notice it much with ordinary conversation in a quiet environment. Particularly since I hear the same cycles in both ears simultaneously, and also since pulling the earmolds a little bit out of the ear canal sometimes alleviates it, I think it’s related more to the earmolds than the aids. The earmolds don’t feel tight.
I initially had a pair of silicone earmolds, but they sounded too muffled all the time, and my audiologist said, you know what, I ordered Lucite anyway, so they’re going to remake these for you. When I had the Aleras with domes, they never sounded muffled, but we had the retention issue. But even if it is the earmolds, how do we account for the occasional sensation of cycling?
This issue is not a dealbreaker, just mildly annoying. I realize the whole thing sounds a little Looney Tunes… other than that, any thoughts?