I’ve had my Cala 8’s for just a month and you describe my thoughts as well. I have high pitch sound loss and also am amazed by the high frequency sounds that come to life with these aids. Dog claws on hardwoods, forks on plates, electronic beeping, even the clicking of the turn signals.
My initial preset loads were: All Around; Party; Outdoors and Music
I used All Around for 70% of the time, experimenting with the others. I really like the Outdoors version, not sure why, but it seems to dim the harshness of some of the sounds, yet brings in more vibrancy for me in many situations.
I recently had my Audi sub in Restaurant for Music, I want to test the difference between Restaurant and Party (which similar to you, seems to bring in too much noise).
I did find out that the 8’s support the following programs:
I’ve been told that Music is the same as All Around, just bumps up the tolerance level for sudden loud sounds (makes sense to me).
Also been told that Party and Restaurant are very similar, I haven’t experimented enough to give input.
Lastly, the iPhone app allows for Speech Enhancer, Noise reduction and Wind reduction. “Out of the box” each of the above mentioned programs only allowed 2 of the 3, but not usually all 3 “enhancers”. My Audi called into tech support and learned how to turn on all 3 for each program. So, I can now adjust (via iPhone) all 3 settings, for all 4 programs currently installed.
Hope this helps others. I’d like to hear what Programs are working for others on the Cala 8s.