I’m brand-new to HAs and I don’t know yet what I don’t know. After living for years with moderate to severe loss in my left ear, tinnitus in that same ear, and diminished hearing in my right, I bit the bullet, went to an audiologist associated with the region’s most well-respected ENT specialist and I’m not entirely sure I made the right decision. She basically said the Evoke 330s were the best for my budget (insurance paid $4500, I paid $1600 on top, including a charger).
So here I am 3 weeks in, and I feel like she’s not understanding my issues. I don’t need amplification as much as I need equalization. When I’m outside environmental noises sound like I’m at the bottom of a well. Passing traffic is brutally loud on just my local city street. Voices sound “odd”. Added to the discomfort of the aids themselves, I think I may have just bought someone a nice vacation at the expense of getting a pig in a poke.
The main goal was to get better speech comprehension and to watch TV and understand dialog clearly, without needing closed captioning. With the HAs in neither goal is accomplished. Yes, some highs are back (I had to use the custom “consumer-type” EQ program on my phone for that, but nothing sounds natural.
To me, it sounds like they’re compressing the heck out of the incoming sounds, which probably isn’t what i need. I never really had a problem with levels as much as frequency response in the mid- and high-frequency ranges. She never gave me my test results so I can’t post them here (yet).
Then the promised “help with tinnitus” never materialized. It doesn’t seem to be mitigated in the slightest. Am I expecting too much from HAs? My audiologist seems to be used to dealing with low-tech 80 YOs who have no clue about audio and are grateful for something–anything–at all. I’m a huge movie and TV fan, and would like to be able to hear my wife’s voice clearly again…and not be driven insane by environmental noise causing blinding headaches when I sit on the deck outside. Heck, even typing on a mechanical keyboard is migrane-inducingly loud.
Thanks for suggestions/advice in advance.