The Noahlink I ordered on eBay arrived today from Korea and it works great just to import my ReSound Quattro fittings into the ReSound Smart Fit 1.3 program database so I can examine my fitting parameters in detail (and only maybe someday experiment with changing the fittings myself if I see something that I think should be/could be tweaked). My order was very well-packaged and addressed. Looks to be new. There was no seal on the box but everything looked to be in brand new condition with protective coatings on the Noahlink and the USB cord and USB manual just as one would expect to find them packed into the box at the factory, Mine has a presumptive date of manufacture of 9/17/2018 on the box. There was a shred of shrink-wrap-like plastic left under a label, perhaps indicating the box might have once been shrink-wrapped, but if the seller opened the box to test that the device was actually in working condition before shipping it all the way from Korea, I would have nothing against that and would certainly be glad if that were done to avoid all the hassle of getting a DOA device.
To help anyone else in my newbie boots, I had already played around with the software, input my audiogram, and choose the “Simulate Fitting” option without having any HA’s hooked up (well before getting Noahlink). Then with the Noahlink connected today and my HA’s nearby, I noticed that the Patient sidebar (on the left) offered me the option to connect when I was viewing my mock patient profile with input audiogram and simulated fitting. After going through the steps to connect to the Quattro’s for the mock patient I had created, the software immediately detected a mismatch between my mock, simulated fitting and the actual fitting done by the audiologist and saved into the HA’s (the advertised date difference was helpful). Smart Fit offered me several options, including to import the fitting info from my HA’s, which I did. The data imported from the HA’s was then saved automatically to the fitting database. In further playing around, I decided it would be a good idea to turn off my HA’s so as to not accidentally hit the wrong buttton and save anything back to the HA’s for now.
Following the Noahlink recommendations, I actually turned off Bluetooth on my computer so it wouldn’t be a potential interference source for the HA-Noahlink communication (and I put the HA’s close to the Noahlink). Rather than follow the Smart Fit instructions to reboot the HA’s using their power buttons, I just put my Quattro’s into and removed them from the Li-ion charging case one at a time, which effectively causes the HA’s to reboot when they’re removed from the charging case.
I can see where it might pay to have a more powerful computer. I’m using a 2011 vintage Gateway NV59 computer with an M450 Intel i5 processor supposedly capable of churning out about 2.2 GHz. But there is a bit of waiting when switching between Smart Fit view screens.