Greetings forum members,
I have an appointment at Costco this coming Thursday to try out the vaunted KS8 HA’s. I have a severe high frequency loss. It was caused by unprotected shooting as a child and I have lived with it and the slight tinnitus ever since. Nevertheless, I’m highly functional and only have problems where the high frequency sounds are necessary such as in noisy environments. Word recognition is aided by context and after a lifetime of this, I’m pretty good at it.
Now times are a little harder. My hearing deficits are beginning to annoy me and others. I often watch TV with both hands cupped behind my ears to pick up speech and higher frequency musical instruments. I always use captioning when available.
My goal is to walk out of Costco with optimized KS8’s. The issue is how? Yes, I know it requires several tuning trips but I don’t want to suffer with something needlessly for weeks if I can circumvent it on the first visit. Specifically, what are some good tests that I can do during my fitting appt to identify and isolate any problems before I leave? Any tips or suggestions? (My deaf wife suggested walking about the store and conducting some yet to be defined tests and then tell the tech what’s wrong before we leave so he can fix it)
- I use Android (Nexus 5x) and don’t yet feel inclined to invest in an Apple or high end Android phone. I’m open to a clip later if and only if the HA’s work for me - I can use the phone just fine now without any aids.
- I’m a serious jazz musician - it’s been a life long joy for me. I don’t play anywhere near rock levels - think piano bar with conversations. I want to avoid any harmonic distortion or clipping if possible.
- The tech I’m seeing Thursday also worked with my very hard of hearing/deaf wife last year with Cala 8’s. She and I worked hard to identify and notate any problems she was having and he took our inputs seriously. We saw him maybe four more times till he got the Cala’s working just right for her. As an aside, early this year, an insurance claim came through from last year, and she was approved for a pair of OPN1’s with no out of pocket. They’re really nice, but she says even though she likes the quality of the OPN1 sound better, if she had to pick only one pair, she’d go with the Cala’s because her speech comprehension is slightly better. This is a long winded way of saying I know the tech is competent and he’ll work with me, but I’d like to expedite the process and hence, my questions.
- This is not a request for what’s the best HA. For cost reasons I’m only considering the KS8 and if I have to go up another $800+, I’d probably just live without.