This is my first post, so here is my story:
I am an 80 year old man and at the insistence of my wife (familiar story I guessing), I went to an ent doctor for a hearing evaluation. He removed some wax from my right ear and then I had a hearing test. I did quite well in the lower range, but have significant loss in the higher range including voice recognition – diagnosis, sensorineural hearing loss, bilateral. He recommended an audiologist if I was interested in opting for a hearing aid. I did a little research before my appointment to determine what type of hearing aid I might want. I figured the completely-in-canal (CIC) would be best for me. However, the audiologist convinced me the receiver-in canal (RIC) would work best for my type of hearing loss. She said the RIC would allow sounds from the lower range to come through my ears in the normal way and the higher pitch sounds would come thru the hearing aid ad adjust the sound to come through at the lower range. So, I signed the agreement and purchased the RIC type (Starkey i70 Z series). My lifestyle is pretty much at home with my wife and family, reading and television with occasional restaurant and visiting children. After wearing them off and on for about a week these are my observations:
- They are sort of cumbersome to insert.
- I notice no difference while watching/hearing television.
- The higher range sounds are much sharper, sometimes shriek-like
- the behind the ear piece is troublesome as I wear eyeglasses and it interferes with the temples part that fits over the ears.
- I have an appointment next week with audiologist for some tweaking, but for now, I have to say I’m not impressed.
Please excuse my lack of knowledge on this subject and hope some of my words make sense, but I would appreciate some input before I make a decision to keep or return the hearing aids before the 30 day not free trial (12% cancellation fee).
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