Hello all, my name is John and I’m 62. I’ve been lurking on this forum for a while knowing that my hearing has deteriorated to the point that I cannot effectively do my job anymore. My wife and co-workers have just gotten use to talking loud around me and putting up with my “say again”. The phone is workable at full volume but in-person meetings were becoming impossible.
Well… today is my first day with HA’s. Wow, what a difference! The audiologist set 3 modes to start with; directional speech, noisy environment and distant speech for meeting rooms. Things sounded OK at the audiologist but when I drove away I noticed some wind noise so I changed to noisy environment… perfect no wind noise. Then I got home, I switched to directional speech mode before I got out of the car. I opened the car door and heard birds singing in the trees. My wife doesn’t get it, but I started to tear up… I haven’t heard a bird sing in decades. I figure that it will take some time to get use to all these new sounds but right now I just thank God for this miracle of technology.
The HA’s I got are Siemens Pure micon 7mi RIC. I didn’t know how I was going to deal with the cellphone and computer VIOP that I use for work. I’ve been using a Plantronics BT behind-the-ear. I had a conference call today and tried wearing the BT. It looked dorky but worked surprisingly well just wearing it over the left HA. I left the BT volume turned up as it normally is and the sound came into the HA microphone just fine.
Do any of you have suggestions for BT? Is the miniTec a good solution or are there other things to try? Also, what suggestions do you have for trying out different modes. The Siemens has 6 positions so I can try different settings. The audiologist has a good reputation for working with their customer and she told me it doesn’t matter how many times I come in, just as long as I’m happy with the settings.
I’ll have to post my numbers later. I forgot to ask the audiologist for the actual hearing loss numbers. All I have are the charts and they’re not easy to read an accurate number. I’m thankful for this forum and to those contribute. I’ve learned a great deal following some of the threads. God bless.