I am looking for help in whether I have the best option for Hearing aid. I received my 3rd set, starting year 9 of wearing them. I am in law enforcement, and my levels have dropped below what is considered road worthy. In January I received the Phonak M90 R and went to the test about 6 weeks later, not doing well.
Testing consisted of;
-The first part of the testing session consists of a basic audiologic evaluation and includes the following: otoscopy, tympanometry and pure-tone audiometry. The audiogram will serve to assess changes in hearing status since the last audiogram was performed. This step is performed without the hearing aid(s).
-Other tests (sound localization and speech recognition) will be performed twice (aided vs unaided), allowing us to determine the benefit provided by the hearing aid(s) for each specific task. When performing aided testing, the fitting program and other settings of the hearing aid(s) should be those used on a regular basis, unless otherwise indicated.
-Ability to understand speech in quiet and in noise will be assessed through a sentence repetition task using the Hearing in Noise Test. Sentences will be presented through loudspeakers in quiet and in various noise conditions (noise coming from the front, from the right and from the left, with speech coming from the front) and he/she will be asked to repeat what was heard. Using this approach, speech reception thresholds for sentences will be measured in each condition.
-Finally, to test your client’s ability to localize sounds, a sound will be presented through one of 12 loudspeakers and he/she will be asked to identify which loudspeaker the sound is coming from. The loudspeakers will be mounted on a half-circle located either behind, to the right or to the left of your client.
What I am hoping is that someone with experience with the different hearing aid brands and their technologies, can say, yes “you have the best, but tweek it here” or “this brand would be better for those tests”.
I want to get back on the road and hope there is an current answer for me.