New poster here and I would very much like some advice from the forum.
56 year old male with severe/profound mixed loss hearing.
Tinnitus but it does not bother me, some loss of balance.
BAHA tested and found to be no improvement.
Shortlisted for a stapedectomy but CAT scan indicated it would be unwise.
ENT thinks a cochlear implant would help but province refuses procedure on grounds that I am now highly functional as a lipreader.
My insurance claim covers new aids every 5 years, repairs and batteries.
My hearing aids are presently 5 year old Phonak Naida V UP’s on both sides.
Because of the amplification I require feedback is a huge issue for me.
I have used both soft and hard, vented and non vented, full shell ear molds on my BTE’s and trying to tinker with my amplification curves is a non stop battle for my Audi’s in their quest for high amplification without constant feedback.
I am due for a new set of aids via my insurance claim and my Audi thinks I should trial Naida Q RIC/CRT with the high power option.
I am skeptical about the RIC option in my circumstances.
My Audi also says software improvements should take care of most of the feedback issue.
I have not heard of any new systems apart from the Naida UP’s that would be appropriate.
The oversize and tight ear mold fit required hurt my ears and the on again off again feedback is very irritating.
Any advice or suggestions regarding my options when purchasing new aids would be appreciated.
Thanks again for any advice offered.
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Conductive normal at 250 Hz, 55 at 1000HZ, 75 at 2000Hz and then flatline at 75 to 80db