I am a long time (50 years) hearing aid wearer. I am 59 years old. My most recent aid was a Phonak micropower, which I loved.
Earlier this year, I purchased two Audeo Smart IX, which, no matter how hard my audiologist tried, could not get to sound as good as the micropower. I finally gave up and accepted that this aid would not sound as natural and clear as my previous aids. Before the micropowers, I had Oticon Adaptos.
Last week, I called my audiologist and asked if she would load Phonak Target 2.0 software into my aids. I had her load the recommended target into my aids without making any changes at all. After two days of evaluation, this is the closest any software had gotten my aids on the first try. I did return on last Thursday to have Sound Recover turned off. That fixed a distorted sound I had at times.
If you have the Phonak Spice aids and are not totally satisfied, I recommend that you try version 2 software. While I was in the audi’s office, we called Phonak and they admitted that version 1 tried too hard to remove the soft sounds that many of us need. That is one of the things fixed in version 2.
I wish that we did not need to go through the hassle of version 1, but it seems to me that they got it right with version 2.
By the way, on 12/1, I picked up my ComPilot which I will write about in the Bluetooth section.