I’ve recently been fitted with a Phonak Audeo YES IX and have been back twice for adjustments. Speech recognition is getting better, but music eludes me. And I admit: I’m picky. And I believe that some of the fine-tuning for music could be applied to (and improve) speech programs. Let me explain…
My hearing loss–due to a sudden accident-- is probably more uneven than most, and I believe that’s causing some of the difficulty. While the higher frequency sounds drop off gradually, there are some peaks and dips in that slope that are hard to pin down.
One obvious peak I have is at 2500 hz, which I discovered using a 30-band sound equalizer hooked up to my home stereo. Dropping the 2500 hz slider by 15 db made a huge improvement. I told my audiologist this, and she adjusted my Phonak aids accordingly. It’s now better, but I still have a peak somewhere in the lower mid-range and another very high up.
So I’m wondering: Can these peaks and dips be found in a hearing test, rather than through trial and error visits? The hearing test I initally had was conducted with such a broad range of tones that they failed to reveal any specific narrow-band dips & spikes in my hearing sensitivity. Thus my hearing aid, as generally adjusted, is boosting certain frequencies that it should be cutting, and vice-versa.
Are audiologists equipped to conduct finer tests (for finer tuning) using a greater number of narrow-band frequencies? Or, perhaps a better question: Can the specific adjustable frequency bands of the Phonak YES IX (whatever the 20-some are in that model) be utilized in a hearing test to determine my range of hearing at those frequencies… then program the hearing aids, then re-test with me wearing the hearing aids?
It would logically seem that I would end up with a near “flat” hearing response to those frequency bands, putting me very close to a “normal,” smooth program for music.
Is this impossible? Other suggestions?