Three weeks ago I picked up my new Kirkland Signature 7 hearing aids. These were my very first aids. Wearing them was a whole new experience for me. Here are some notes on my findings so far.
Right away I was aware of bright high-frequency sounds that I had not noticed much before, things like the chirping of birds, the sound of splashing water, and at first even the sound of my own breath. Another fairly obvious thing I noticed was the echo. These aids produce a distinct echo. I mentioned it to the Costco advisor and she suggested that after a while I would get used to it.
Most folks don’t notice I’m wearing the aids. They are comfortable enough to wear, but late in the day I’m aware of a bit of pressure on the walls of the ear canal.
I decided for hearing aids to improve speech comprehension. It was an experiment, actually. I wanted to get an idea of the benefits and assess them compared to the bother of wearing them. Today after about three weeks of trying them (about 50% of the time), I don’t notice much improvement in understanding what people are saying. There might be improvement, I just am not noticing any significant change.
After only a few days of first having them, the aids stopped working. First it was the left, and then the right. Cleaning them got them working again. The slightest bit of wax kills all sound from them. I found this out by phoning Costco. This info is not in the Troubleshooting part of the manual.
The KS7s are not good for music. The echo effect causes a kind of distorted reverb in the higher pitches and it sounds weird. It is not that bad for casual listening. Maybe I’ll get used to it. Or maybe I will pull the aids out for music and use earbuds instead… but that won’t work in the car. Or maybe I should try a different brand of aid. The Costco person agreed cheerfully that the KS7s are not good for music. That’s back when we were still discussing my needs and before I had ordered them. She did not recommend another kind of HA after we talked about music. So maybe that means that the KS7 is still a good choice overall. But I don’t know.
My glasses don’t interfere with the aids. One of the arms sits a bit higher, that is all. But the strap of my hat (when I wear a hat with a strap) does sometimes get tangled in the aids.
A detailed manual came with the aids, and it describes numerous features and options. I really don’t know which of these options my HAs have. It was not explained. I guess I will ask the next time I am in.
I will keep at it for a few more weeks to see what develops.
Any comments appreciated.