After a couple of false starts with the Lyric 4 and the Signia Silk X my audi suggested I try the Starkey Evolv AI CIC. Impressions were taken and I’m being fitted tomorrow.
My question is: what do I need to know or what should I ask the audi? From doing some research I’ve discovered that the antenna on these devices actually sticks out a really long way - to the point where one audi on his YouTube channel described them almost as antennas for contacting aliens - they were that noticeable. @Neville mentioned that the antenna can be hidden or made less noticeable with some heat being applied and then curled, so I will definitely talk to the audi about this tomorrow (I know some have their own opinions about this, but for me having these antennas sticking out is a deal breaker).
My trials before only lasted a few days (Lyric - due to bleeding in the ear) to 10 days with the Silk; so I don’t really have a lot of experience and I really don’t know what questions I should be asking. I know that when first fitted, there is like a “new user” setting where volume is 80% (or other) of what it actually should be. I’m left handed and often I do carry my iPhone in my left front pants pocket, but it is mostly in the right pocket or sometimes in the rear right - I’ve read from others here that this does cause issues with the BT connection, and I understand the HAs can be set up as the L or R as the “master”.
Previously when the HAs are fitted I have been asked “how does that sound? Is it OK?” well, sure it is because I am in a soundproof room with zero noise and the audi is sitting 1m away directly in front of me…! Once I get outside and walk thru the mall to the car (and grab a takeout coffee where there is noise and voices from everywhere) it is a different story and I can’t hear a damn thing when it comes to voices close to me.
Are there specific programs I should get the audi to add tomorrow? Any specific adjustments that should be done that normally wouldn’t be done that would help me to get the best out of my trial?
I’m not really sure what else to ask everyone here - I just really want to get maximum benefit of my trial before I shell out NZD$9000 and find out they are not ideal for me.
Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. Also very keen to hear from anyone who has the Starkey Evolv CIC already and what your experience thus far is. I really struggle with hearing voices - people can be right beside me in a relatively quiet office and I can’t hear them, or at a noisy bar (which everyone struggles with).