Sorry for long post, any advice appreciated!
I’ve used Phonak Exelia Art (BTE) for 4-5 years, now looking to upgrade.
My ability to hear speech clearly is greatly improved by aids, but I love music (classical, blues, folk) and am looking to find improvement there as well.
Am currently in a trial period for the new Phonak Audeo V 90 and am underwhelmed.
Am willing to pay for high-end aids if it does what I want, so would welcome suggestions:
Phonak has a necklace to wear for bluetooth streaming.
Streaming to hearingaid seems nice in principle but the necklace is awkward,
seems very old fashioned compared to e.g. Resound Lynx2 which connects to your smartphone w/o necklace.
Any users of Lynx2 who could comment on (a) speech (b) music © convenience (d) other capabilities?
the phonak bluetooth streaming from ipod to aids seems heavily optimized for speech:
can hear lyrics quite well but the actual music is basically a cartoon.
Although it has a ‘music program’ to which it’s supposed to switch automatically it almost seems as if in bluetooth mode it doesn’t switch.
Also, listening to external speakers (no bluetooth) isn’t good either, so there may be a bluetooth problem but that’s not the whole issue.
BTW, if I use headphones with aids then music sounds good – am looking to get that effect w/o use of external headphones, e.g. if go to a concert and use my aids.
Any thoughts or recommendations from other music lovers/musicians about hearing aids (tips, tricks, other brands)?
I have moderate/severe loss at higher frequencies, sloping down to 60db or so.
with the old Phonaks I could actually hear the sound dampening kick in after a few seconds if e.g. turn aid off/on while driving in a car with wind noise. Not so with new ones.
Perhaps Phonaks’ new automated programs sound good to customers as a selling point, but they don’t seem to work very well. Anybody else experience this?
In iTunes one can turn on a graphic equalizer, and with your laptop (not iPhone) you
can actually see the frequency adjustments that sound best for music (it looks a bit like an audiogram).
I printed this out, took it to my hearing providers and asked “can you program a music mode with this specification?”.
They were floored, said they had no idea, but would call Phonak (waiting for response).
Doesn’t a provider have control over individual frequency bands and not just a minor ability to tweak the level of different “hearing modes” such as “speech in noise” etc?
I’d be shocked if otherwise.
In fact I want that ability to program frequency bands myself, has anybody tried to obtain and use the audiologist’s software to do this themselves?
Where do you get the software, the manual?
General question about hearing tests and aids:
after you take a hearing test involving listening to tones, and listening to speech, your aids are then programmed.
After that, you may go back for little tweaks to the program.
But it seems to me that a true test of whether things are working well for you
would be to to re-take the hearing test while wearing hearing aids after the aids are programmed.
In principle, if the aids are programmed correctly and working correctly then your hearing deficiencies in the re-test should show up as greatly improved.
My hearing provider doesn’t do this, I wonder if it’s just him or if other ones do this?