I suppose I am a newbie too.
I purchased Phonak Marvel M-50R’s last August and have been using them continuously since then. But before then I was using hand-me-down Resound Dots. Those were old HA’s when I got them but I did manage to find an audiologist that tested my hearing and adjusted them for my hearing loss, which is mostly high frequencies.
They were loud! They did not have a volume adjustment so all sounds were amplified. I used them for several years mainly at work (to try to hear when someone was attempting to talk to me) and at home while watching TV. At first, the volume was VERY loud but they did help me understand people talking, both in person and on TV. And I guess I got used to them.
Fast forward to last August. I trialed both M-70R’s and M-50R’s. The audi started me at a low volume but I came soon back to have him adjust them louder. I decided that the M-50R’s worked just as well as the M-70R’s but cost significantly less.
So, do you have your HA’ on trial? If so, go back to your audi and ask for them to lower the volume. The Phonaks do have a rocker switch on them to raise or lower the volume. If you do not have HA’s on trial, go to an audi that can test your hearing and fit them to your hearing loss. After you get used to hearing everything louder you may want to go back and have the volume raised. My audi did a pretty good job setting them how I wanted.
So my opinion after using my Phonak Marvels for about 6 months is that they work very well for me and I have never thought that I don’t want to use the. Also, since them have blue tooth, I got the TV adapter and found that I have never heard the TV so clearly before.
If you could give us some more information it would be helpful. Did you get Phonaks on trial? If so, which model? Or are you considering trialing them? Can you get a copy of your audiogram and post it? The more information you post the better answers you will get. And keep reading this forum to learn as much as possible about HA’s. As you read more posts you will begin to learn what questions you need to ask, both on the forum and at the audi. I believe that you can find a pair that enhances the quality of your life.
I really hope the HA’s improve you quality of life because they sure have for me.