I went to get my first aid today and thought I would share my experience both with the fitting and the aid performance. Maybe the experienced out there can tell me if my experience is normal or if there is something I should think about.
47 yo with high-end loss, much more so in left ear.
I was disappointed in the amount of testing/adjustment at my first fitting - essentially none. I was there for 35 minutes
during which the audi ran the NOAH app for my Phonak Audeo V (one ear). The only adjustment was an automated feedback test.
I asked about REM and he said that it doesn’t work well with these aids (due to open fit I think). He said that he is going
to a seminar or training on a new system that works better. He said that only 10% of audi’s use it. I believe I remember
seeing 40% on this forum.
He set some sort of coarse level at 2 and said we would be shooting for 4 in the end (i.e. ramping up to give my ears/brain
a chance to adjust). Maybe this is why he didn’t do much testing. He said he would do the sound room test next time (2
I asked about cleaning products, etc. and he said we would discuss that next time. I saw a Dry & Store Global in the
waiting area priced at $135. I’ve seen these online for $99, so I think this is a no-brainer.
I just got it and have never had a hearing aid before, so obviously I don’t have any big revelations here, but so far, I am
very impressed with what I am hearing. Everything sounds “crisp” and I am hearing things I haven’t heard before. I looked
at the aid online at Phonak’s site but didn’t get a real appreciation for the small size until I saw it “in person”. It was
definitely smaller than I expected.
I thought that I would have more wind noise, but was pleased with the results. I would hear an occasional whisp of wind in
the mic, but not bad at all (even though the IX, not the V is advertized as having “Wind Noise Management”).
When I cupped my hand and put it up to my ear, I got feedback. I didn’t have to get to the point where I completely covered
my ear before it started. I guess this is normal?
When I went into an RF chamber at work with a lot of noisy fans in the equipment, I noticed that fan noise was amplified
pretty good (maybe too much). But then, it would fade completely out. The speech didn’t sound like it was being amplified
any longer either. I thought that the hearing aid had cut off, so I touched the top with my finger and got no sound. When I
did it again, the sound came back, including the fan noise. It seems like the aid is shutting on/off in this environment.
It would sometimes shut off and then come back on its own. I wonder what adjustment would fix this if any.
More to come …