Hi. New to the forum and first-time HA user. Just got a pair of Unitron Moxi 12 aids today. I’ve only had them in for 6 hours so far, but already have some impressions, mostly positive. I could hear the audiologist’s voice clearly, even when she walked away from me and turned her back while speaking. And understanding speech is the main reason I went for the evaluation in the first place, so that was a good test result.
It’s very odd hearing the sharpness of simple things like ruffling sheets of paper again. It’s sort of a tinny, metallic sound almost, but before the HAs those sounds were muffled at best.
But one slight disappointment so far is the sound of my guitar, particularly on the high E string. Both my electric and acoustic sound like I have a chorus effect active - it’s a slight warbling sound, instead of a clean natural sound.
The audiologist set 3 main programs into the remote: #1 automatic; #2 for noisy rooms like a restaurant; #3 for music. The #3 music setting does have sharper highs and more pronounced lows than the other two settings. #2 sounds slightly quieter than either of the other two. But when I mute the HAs, the guitar sounds natural with none of the warbling effect, and when I switch the HAs to any of the other 3 settings, the warbling is there.
Maybe I need to get used to them, but I hadn’t noticed this unnatural sound until I played the guitar. I listened to a few rock songs through my PC speakers and it did seem to sound better with the HA programs as opposed to mute. Particularly, with the #3 music setting, I could hear the cymbals, and the vocals sounded natural.
Do some HAs handle tones like a guitar string differently or more naturally than others? Or would all of them probably add this effect to the sound?
I really never had a problem hearing either the electric or acoustic guitar without aids. I think the 6 open strings range from 82 Hz to 330 Hz, and the highest note at the 22nd fret is 1174 Hz. But there are also overtone harmonics at higher frequencies from what I understand, so I am likely hearing the guitar sounds somewhat muted without the aids.