Well, about 3 weeks into my first hearing aids, the Quattros, I’m surprised. I am pretty much used to the way things sound. I’m not loving all of it, e.g. the restaurant setting, but overall I’m happy with how the hearing aids (and the app) work. Once I turned off bluetooth on my Ipad, the app on my Iphone settled down completely. I can’t figure out how to pick up my phone on my car bluetooth, but I figure if I work at it eventually that will work out. And, if not, I just won’t answer the phone while driving. My audiologist recently adjusted the impact noise reduction up a bit, to make it more aggressive, which has helped with sudden loud sounds.
It’s been a bit of a journey to find domes that work, however. The first set, in one ear, was causing (I guess it’s called) occulsion–where it sounds like someone has just sent you to the bottom of the ocean. The next change and the domes were moving forward really annoyingly every time I smiled, raised my eyebrows, chewed, and often when I spoke. It drove me crazy for a week. Now I have the tuiip domes. I pretty much feel them all the time when talking or chewing (e.g.) but they aren’t moving forward in my ears. For awhile I thought I was going to have to go around the rest of my life with fingers in my ears most of the day, pushing the HAs back in place. I asked about custom molds, but the audiologist thinks I won’t like those because I don’t like the sense of fullness in my ears. I think I can adjust to these tulip domes. So, I have almost nothing to compare the Quattros to (except a five-day test of Oticon OPN 1), but these definitely help me hear better in most situations.
I was having a lot of problems with my progressive lens tri-focals playing nice with the hearing aids. My audiologist told me to put my glasses on first, then put the HAs in, and to my surprise that has helped a lot.