I am brand new to the hearing aid thing.
- read a lot for a few weeks, tripped over a glowing review of the PSAP Nanos, bought a pair (CIC), hated the feedback and non-rechargeable batteries.
- so they sent me a free upgrade for BTE rechargeable RX2000’s.
They are working rather well for me, the simple ability to adjust the volume and tone, plus a better DSP (with noise reduction and feedback suppression) made the difference. I only care about voice for now, although a music capable one would nice at some point, I am a musician and perform weekly, but don’t need hearing aids for that yet.
The ability to up the volume in certain environments and down in others is cool. At work if I turn them up I can hear conversations clearly three cubes away.
I also find myself speaking more softly as it amplifies my own voice, so when young people start saying ‘what did you say?’ to me (a gratifying experience), I know I have the volume turned up too high.
My mom and dad have severe hearing loss, they watch TV with subtitles, I didn’t know that until I mentioned I am dabbling with hearing aids.
My mom wears hearing aids, but my dad refuses to, (yes I know, I’ve started working on him after reading some of the new research linking cognitive decline to hearing loss).
Hers broke a few weeks back, so now she is giving one of the nano products a try. No news yet there though, although she claims they sold her one that is music capable, waiting to see what that is, there is nothing like that on their website.
As an aside, as a software engineer, and a musician (who is well familiar with what DSP’s can do with music), reading the advanced features of better hearing aids is fascinating. We have multi-band compressors for music, but typically four or five bands is enough, so seeing a 32-band compressor really boggled my mind. Programming that must be a major headache. I have to admit I have trouble seeing the need for more than about 12 bands (think a 12 band graphic EQ), but maybe it is possible to sustain hearing loss to a very narrow band of frequencies.
I went into this thinking I would program my own, but now I am thinking let a pro do it, or at least get it to a starting point, and then I can tweak a little bit on my own if desired. And given that, the 8-12 band ones seem more appealing than the 32-band ones. And there isn’t a huge rush, since the Nanos are doing ok for now.
Curious if others have tried programming it on their own, and if that is a useful way to go, or a nasty rabbit-hole to fall into.
Also curious how the internet providers compare to the face-to-face ones, if generalizations can be made there - the ones you mail in your audiograph and they program it with a few presets to match.