I got my first hearing aids in Nov. 2016. Based on insurance availability I bought Oticon OPN1’s with little tryout of others (Siemens Pure 7px for a week). I got a package thru TruHearing which my insurance would accept. It included 5? visits with an audiologist. Pay as you go afterwards. I also decided to become programming capable, so I also got Genie 2 software, MiniPro, and cables/strips.
Have been using Genie2 with Oticon VAC+ fitting protocol because I assumed it was best and customized for the OPNs. My Audi is not real familiar with Oticon but is willing to work with me, knowing that I now have my own programming ability. My aids were programmed to the target provided by the VAC+ software but it did not seem I was hearing as well as I believed I could. My Audi ran a Real Ear Test recently and it showed 4K to 8k was considerably under amplified (even though it matched the VAC+ target), and suggested I start increasing a couple of clicks in the highs and evaluate. My problem is that after losing hearing, and getting used to it, it is not always easy knowing if you are hearing everything you could. For the first time, I explored a different fitting protocol that Oticon also offers (NL1 and NL2). Each of those fitting protocols indicated notably higher targets than the VAC+ fitting protocol. I am currently evaluating a couple of different NL2 based calibrations. Now getting close to feedback limit on left side with open dome, but feel overall hearing is much improved.
i know even with the same audiogram, different people may prefer different calibrations, but I was curious how other self programmers (both new and old timers) prefer to calibrate. I know hearing well is the first priority, but I also like the idea of using objective measures to confirm or validate. Please share your approaches, as I obviously have much to learn.