So I went to my Audi this morning and explained to her what is going on. She said that my one wax guard had some wax in it (which I was not able to clearly see) and she said that any type of moisture in there can cause the HA’s to shut down. So, I guess I need to be checking that more often since I tend to be one of these people that produce more wax. When I first went for my hearing test two months ago, they had to clean out both ears because they were so impacted with wax that she couldn’t see the eardrum in the one ear, and the other ear was partially blocked.
As for the weird voice quality that I’m getting, she said that I have to patient as my ears adjust to the new sounds. She said that once we start to introduce other types of settings and begin to increase volume, there are some things that she might be able to do to adjust that issue…although she was kind of vague as to exactly what she would do. She emphasized that I really need to give it time as it has only been 4 days since I’ve been wearing them. I guess I’m just extremely picky from being a musician for so many years. My ears are sensitive to all types of odd-sounding tones. I told her that I expected the hearing aids to simply amplify what I’m already hearing - not to alter/distort the timbre of the voice. I see now that there is more to HA’s than I ever realized. I may just have to live with it and be grateful that I’m able to improve my hearing at all. I go back next Wednesday, probably for her to start to add some of those new settings and maybe to increase my volume?? Exciting ride!
I was reading elsewhere on the forum about “occlusion echo”. I read though, that this is more common with HA’s that completely cover the canal, not RIC’s. They actually recommend using RIC’s to reduce occlusion. I also read something about “speed” issues. would one HA pick up the sound slightly faster than the other one, thus causing a slight delay between the two which would make things sound like a fast echo??