In one week I try my first hearing aids and am excited. It would be nice to hear wind chimes again !
At first I was dead set on IIC but my audi recommended against it. I trust her and will be trying the Starkey Muse.
Simple but perhaps complex question: how long do i give it till i make a decision. ? As I understand it the audi does not typically repeat a hearing test with the new aid as an opthalmologist would repeat a test of visual acuity. “which is clearer, one or two?”
Do i simply allow her to make some general adjustments for say volume and return for tweaking?
As I have a 45 day trial I don’t want to fall into the trap of using up the 45 days returning every 2 weeks and being stuck with an aid which is not the best.
I am intrigued by the Oticon OPN approach and really would like to try those as well as the Linx 3D. It’s my understanding the OPN does not cone in on sound so my brain will have to do some work, not a bad idea but is it just a marketing ploy?
Is a week or 2 a fair trial?
If I use the Muse for even 4 weeks and I’m not happy the 45 day trial starts over with the second trial aids but in all fairness to the audi’s time what is reasonable as far as how many aids I trial?
Maybe I should ask what is fair to me since I am paying big bucks?
I am looking at the above 3 aids I mentioned so possibly 4 months before I am satisfied. Unlike glasses I need to try aids in different environments so I see the need for extended trial times.
Do most folks find satisfaction with the first aid recommended or is it reasonable to try several?
What should I be looking for aside from comfort. Yes I know improved hearing but if audi does not repeat hearing test how do I know when I have reached the pinnacle of improvement? Could I have done better if I asked that X be increased?
BTW: I did speak with an audi at Starkey and was advised that with a "deep fit"and proper venting some people with my type of loss (normal low frequency} can indeed use IIC with no occlusion issues.
Having said that I am more than happy to try a RIC as I do think it affords me “better” correction as a direct result of features not found in IIC e.g multiple mics.