Do any hearing aids work in a restaurant with background noise


Don’t know if it was just for illustrative purposes, but Sports Lock is generally curved within the outer ear opening (if I’ve got my terms right, behind the antitragus)


Thanks for the tip. All the Quattro manual says is “Tuck the sports lock in the concha” but it felt if I bent one too far, it was going to break. It took my wife 6 days to say, “What’s that sticking out from your ear?!” so I haven’t been too concerned about it. For a piece of plastic, they are dang expensive - must be military-grade, like the $500 hammers and toilet seats… I will go looking for YouTube videos, etc., on how to do a proper job tucking them in without running up a bill breaking the little buggers.

UPDATE Looking up where the antitragus is, I think my basic problem, if you look at the first picture of my ear from the front (see above), is that I essentially have NO antitragus. I think something like 10% of folks have my “condition.” So, no place to tuck up a sports lock. And actually, this deficit showed up long ago in my life, <<< sob, sob, sob >>>, as because I have no antitragus to speak of, I could never keep earbuds in very well except those like Samsung’s AKG’s, which flare out where the cord attaches and provide friction against the lower ear lobe even though there is no antitragus to tuck them in.

Here’s a decent but not close-up enough YouTube video from an audi demonstrating how to properly insert a RIC HA, sports lock and all (for folks with antitragi or antitraguses!).

Back to noisy restaurants, now that our HA’s are all locked and loaded!


Jim , I have the tv streamer and it works great… also the multi mic can also be used to stream the tv… when I was vacationing and watching a ball game I tried placing the mic in front of tv speaker and it worked nicely… only negative was that it needs recharging


I would think your audiologist would replace the sportlocks at no cost. Do you think they are doing any good? If not, they are easily removable. It’s my understanding that many people don’t use them.


Jim, have you tried tucking them toward the back of your ear, toward the antihelix?

Here are my HAs with sport lockes after over two months use, see how they curve back? (note they are reversed, the one on the left is the right ear HA)

Here is an illustration showing them in place. (I can get good pictures of mine, they are too hidden)

In your picture I can see no antitragus, but I see a nice groove for them to lay in toware the antihelix.


And of course, here’s the relevant Dr Cliff video


Have you considered trying another brand of hearing aid? Each manufacturer has a different approach to sound. While the Quattros are no doubt very good, they may just not be the best for you. . .

I wore ReSound Linx2 for several years and never felt they were that great in noisy environments. I’ve recently been testing all the flagship models from the major brands - Widex Evoke 440s, Oticon OPN 1s, ReSound Quattros, etc, and while all are better than the Linx2, my brain tends to prefer the sound of the Widex and Oticon models over those from ReSound.

Your mileage may vary. . .



Thank you for the input. I tried the Oticon OPN 1, but only for 5 days before I had to return them to the audiologist because her trial period (without a purchase) was 7 days. I had trouble with the app crashing, some trouble with the fit, and she only had 1 other brand, Phonak I think. I am a first time user and it was all so distracting that I don’t think I had much of a sense of how things sounded. I wanted to try the ReSound. I switched to an audiologist I felt I could work with better. She only sells ReSound and Signia. I’m beyond the 30 day return, so I can’t return them now. You have to buy the aids to try them, and you have a 30 day return. I am 2.5 hrs away from a Costco where I’d have had more selection and a much more generous trial period. I wish I lived somewhere where I could have tried a few more. And, where I am, if you don’t buy from the audiologist you get charged a restocking fee when you return a trial pair you bought–I found the restocking fees to be as “low” as $200 for the pair and as high as $500 for the pair. So, I’m committed to ReSound. When these die–and with $6K invested I hope they live a long time, I think you are correct that I need to revisit the brand issue.


As a ReSound user, not a professional, it’s my understanding that they give the fitter a lot of knobs to tweak while setting up their aids. Maybe it’s worth paying another professional to look at your setup.


I am starting to feel like a real whine-in-the-butt, but I think I do agree that I need to persist. I hadn’t thought of consulting another audiologist, but it may come to that. Thanks.


Great video. Reminds me of Starkey’s motto that they want to change HA’s from something people HAVE to wear to something they WANT to wear. Would give folks that wore the “HA of the future” almost superhuman power!

I wonder if the “ultimate” device is something akin to MS’s HoloLens or Magic Leap’s headset? That would provide the visual processing to go along with the audio provided by whatever HA’s work a visual headset. Guess the ultimate problem, beyond whether anyone wants to run around for any part of the day with a 1/2 pound to pound device strapped to their head, is where does one get the processing power and the battery to run such a device?? Perhaps if rooms or buildings beamed electromagnetic energy some Buck Rogers in the 25th Century device could always be gathering its power out of the air and also transmitting and gathering processed data wirelessly, let’s say, from powerful servers in the building. I doubt anything like this will come around in my lifetime at a reasonable price for consumers. I think in a Starkey blurb that I read somewhere that the military is very interested in devices that augment hearing for soldiers battling in incredibly noisy environments and perhaps a headset that gave a soldier superhearing and supervision, just like night vision goggles, would be worth buying at a premium, at least for special forces.


Thanks for the great illustrations, Tim! I will download the outer ear anatomy diagram for future reference. Since my ReSound Quattro receivers seem kinda square in the two dimensions perpendicular to the wire, I’m wondering if the Sports Locks can just be rotated 90, 180, or 270 degrees around the receiver until the audi finds a part of the ear anatomy to lock into. I will bring it up to her the next time I see her. The 2nd RIC/RITE insertion video that I linked to above, the audi also mentioned putting the Sports Lock (Phonak calls them “Concha Locks”) in place before pushing the domes all the way in. I’ll have to try that and see if it helps find a location to lock into without risking breaking the plastic.

It occurs to me that an “What’s Your Ear Anatomy (furnish a picture!)?” thread, maybe with a corollary “So How’s Your Antitragus?!” subtheme could be a new forum topic! Perhaps Abram & Co. would not like the server burden of all the ear pictures that would be uploaded!..


Thanks for the tips again! Yes, the audi is providing them to me for free. On the TruHearing order form, she checked “NO,” that the HA’s were not to be shipped with Sports Locks (I imagine that, unfortunately, ReSound probably DOES charge for them!). Then she fitted my HA’s with Sport Locks herself because I told her that I led an active life and was worried about the HA’s falling off. I think if @Noreen1009 wore Sports Locks that might solve her dome movement problem. It would be a little bit of extra hassle in that the Sports Locks do get in the way at bit in manipulating the HA’s for cleaning in my limited still-learning newbie experience.


One thing that I’ve wondered about is how much one’s musical talent, musical perception affects what one expects in HA’s. Many experienced users here have opined that there is not a whole lot of earth-shaking difference between the top major brands but one thing is each HA brand has a bit of its own sound, so try them and find the sound/environment treatments that you like best. So in wondering why @Noreen1009 doesn’t like the sound of her Quattro’s but I think the sound is marvelous and natural, it could be the reason is that I’m a bit tone deaf - I could never carry a tune very well whereas maybe people who are more musically gifted are very much more sensitive to exactly how an HA sounds compared to their remembered past hearing or what they think good hearing should be.

Getting back to the noise in restaurant problem, maybe a similar sort of built-in brain talent makes a difference with noise , too. Maybe it’s not only how an HA can improve your auditory perception of signal vs. noise but how gifted (or trained) your brain is to deal with noise. Whenever anyone offers an opinion of how well any HA deals with restaurant noise, the hidden part of the equation is how well that person’s brain deals with noise to begin with.

Rather than seeking out a noisy restaurant to test one’s HA’s, it would be neat, just as some websites offer a qualitative test of your frequency response, if some websites also offered a qualitative speech-in-noise test. That way everyone could take the very same test here and if one were trialing different HA’s, it would give one a more reproducible way of evaluating brand differences. I guess one could always ask one’s audi to perform a QSIN test with any HA’s one is trialing vs. your QSIN ability unaided, etc.


From what I can see that appears that you can, though the 180 rotation would be at the same location as the receiver wire and might cause issues… My receivers are square as well, and looking at them under a magnifier, I see no reason why changing to one of the other three planes would not work.

One thing to note, when I first was fitted with my aids, I had some trouble inserting the left side, that canal is angled very different. Not surprising to me since I had a parotid gland removed on that side back in 1998 (benign tumor) and that was the side where my throat cancer drained into my lymph system (my ENT removed a necrotic tissue filled lymph node on that side after radiation and chemo side effects. So two fairly extensive surgeries on that left side at the jaw line.

So when I difficulty with left HA insertion, the HIS at Costco changed the “new style” sport locks for some “old style” sport locks. I’ve searched for good images to find the difference but no luck. So be aware in these photos,those are “old style” ReSound sport locks.


I don’t think QSIN test is done with hearing aids on. I think it’s main objective is to give you an idea of how well you do in noise compared to others. Results suggest whether directional mics or a separate microphone might be helpful. Besides issues you mention, there’s the challenge of people with better hearing at certain frequencies, often lower. They usually wear open domes which make it nigh impossible for the hearing aids to decrease noise since it’s not being processed by the aids.


Even though QSIN might not normally be done in an audi’s office with HA’s in, for purposes of a hokey website test, one might always do the with vs. without. Just like there’s the Sports Lock if there were something that you could wear on the ear that would attenuate noise coming in through your domes but not block your HA mics, that sort of device might actually be helpful, too, in maxxing out what your HA’s can deliver in terms of noise processing, reducing dome leakage when you’re actually dining out in a noisy restaurant. The cosmetic appearance of anything that would be work well might be unacceptable - but I guess that approach is very much of the idea of Bose Hearphones -which I would be self-conscious of if I were wearing them in a restaurant The earbuds seem to be designed to occlude the ear canal, leaving only the microphones for input - but it looks like insertion is banking heavily on the antitragus - so there I go again! MIA on that!


Thanks for the great pix! Looks hopeful! But teasing you a bit here, I think that you might want to edit the remark that I quote to “one of the other THREE planes” - perhaps implicit in the wording you use is the meaning "one of the other (of the) four planes - guess with either usage, there’s some ambiguity in the reference.


Thanks VERY MUCH for the recommendation! To have folks say that it really makes a difference helps a lot when plunking down the bucks for the accessories. Might have mentioned somewhere else but I am looking forward to the TV Streamer 2 so that I can watch football games and other sports as well as play video games (Call of Duty!) on my Xbox One or PS3 without disturbing my wife. But I think I will pace myself a bit on purchases both for budget reasons and in case ReSound comes up with something even better in the near future with MFA and all that.


The audi says the Sports Locks can only go on the ReSound receivers one way-the way they’re on already and she had zero enthusiasm for rotating them-I think much of the locking effect is derived from the part the you push into your ear canal with the receiver wire pushing against your ear canal so I’ll just “train” the protruding ends of the Sports Locks to rest up in my ear lobe where my “antitragi” should be-I’ve had no problem with dome movement. She showed me a nice little model ear with the Sports Lock resting in the antitragus groove, much like the illustration that Tim came up with. Too bad she didn’t show that to me when she first fit me with the HA’s but maybe she was too polite to mention my antitragus deficiency or thought I might have more fun discovering it myself!