Long time lurker, first time poster here. I just received Evoke 440 BiCros last Tuesday. For the record, as recommended by many of you, I saw 4 audiologists and ended up selecting a local university’s Speech and Hearing Center. I am quite happy with the audiologist.
I do have SSD, and was previously using a single Starkey (Halo, I think) for the past 7 years. I was unsure about bicros but decided to give it a go anyway. I am pretty passionate about listening to music and wanted to see if I could start using headphones again. Previously I would only listen to mono recordings (only vinyl) through headphones. I originally was looking at Widex Evoke 440 and Phonak Marvel but the Marvel are not available in bicros yet. So I went with Widex.
Two main reasons for new HA’s: 1) Ability to hear from my deaf (right) side, and 2) Better hearing of reproduced music.
Streaming music directly to the HA’s and taking phone calls through them is not important
Bicros System - I am more than pleased with the sound of their bicros 440’s. I can hear reasonably clearly from my right (deaf) side. I can even talk on my phone from the right side. I can easily hear my wife talking to me in the car now. Speech is far more clear than my old Starkey. I haven’t tried them in a crowded room yet. There is absolutely NO wind noise on the golf course and the club/ball/turf impact is quite pleasant. I couldn’t wear the Starkey’s when I played because the sound was uncomfortably “clicky”. So far I’m very pleased with the sounds I get from the 440’s bicros.
Music - Recorded Music is much fuller with the bicros system in Universal. So far I’ve only listened to some Steely Dan, Mark Knopfler, Linda Ronstadt, Dave Brubeck, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Fourplay. I’ll need to take some time and do some more evaluation on these. But first impressions are quite good. Electric Guitars are more crystal clear but not ear piercing. Acoustic guitars have warm woody tone. Kick drums are have a nice punch. Still need to listen to more electric bass and upright bass. I can also hear brushes on cymbals which I was previously missing. This all in Universal mode.
My acoustic guitars (I play - poorly) sound more shimmery. I have to do more listening on this also, but I really like the sound I am hearing.
- The Apps - Okay, here’s the downside. The “Evoke” App will not pair with a single 440. Apparently, it requires both of them. The Audi called Widex and their Audi told her that the Evoke app couldn’t be used because of the bicros connection with mic in the deaf ear. So Soundsense can not be used.
The Tonelink app works only when the mic in the deaf ear is turned off. I can only switch programs when the right ear mic is off. And when I turn the mic back on, the program defaults back to Universal.
I go back for a follow up visit next Tuesday, and I’ll post more comments then, hopefully with with better detail. In the meantime, if anyone would like offer any input or comments, I’d appreciate them. Or if anyone has any questions I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks to all of you for your posts in aiding me in this decision! Forrest.