A week and a half in using my first HA’s (Phonak Audeo Q90’s), still a week and a half to go before a revisit with the Audiologist.
While generally using the “full Auto” setup he recommended, I had him add the preset “Music” option. I didn’t want any frequency shifting/compression that might interfere with playing.
So far, I’ve used my “regular” 6 sting guitar, and while different, it hasn’t been a dramatic shift in what I hear.
But today, I got out my 12 string, and OMG - it’s terrible! For those that aren’t into instruments, the strings are tuned in pairs, with each pair plucked at the same time. Most pairs are an octave apart, but the high strings are duplicates. This produces a lot of harmonics and complexities in the sound that make this kind of guitar so distinctive. It is also harder to produce a clear, distinct sound.
Without the HA’s, all is great. With them, especially in the high strings, there is a grating “buzz” no matter what I do. This is the kind of sound that would normally lead one to think that there is something terribly wrong with the guitar, and send one off to a repair place to spend lots of $$ to have it fixed! (ie - fret buzz, for those familiar with it). Also produced is a grating scraping sound from fingernails/guitar picks on the strings! I spend a lot of time getting this thing set up perfectly to avoid this kind of a problem while I play. Glad I’m just a hobby player, and I don’t inflict this on other people if it is this bad!
So, how do I sort this out? Is it a setup problem with the HA’s? Or have I just not been hearing how terribly bad it sounds until now? Any musicians out there that have experienced something similar and have words of advice about the HA setup? Or do I just not wear the HA’s while playing?