I had my follow-up after using the Phonak Audeo B-Direct for several days! At least I thought that’s what I was doing.
To my complete chagrin, I found out I’ve been using these aids in the fully-directional, noisy environment program nearly ALL the time! So how is that possible?
Turns out these Phonak aids cycle thru programs differently than my (many years’ worth of wearing) Oticon aids - of any model. With the Oticons, I’d put the aids on, and they’d be in my default program, Program 1. I’d cycle thru the programs pressing the button: 1-2-3, with each program delivering a single, double, or triple beep.
With the Phonaks, they DO go into default program upon shutting the battery door, but that’s called DEFAULT - and it’s signaled with a musical tune of 4 notes. Press the button once, and I’m (illogically?) in Program ONE, indicated by a single beep; press it again, and I’m in Program TWO, indicated by 2 beeps. Kind of counter-intuitive, and since I didn’t get a lesson in their operation, I was constantly making SURE they were in Program 1, which I thought was default.
No wonder they were scary-directional - to the point that on walks around town, I couldn’t even hear a car come up on me! OK, NOW I get it! So I’m off for another week’s trial with the Default program, Program 1 (directional - for noisy places) and Program 2 (for music - no noise management).
My aud-guy was supposed to have the Phonak TV streamer on hand, but he actually confessed that knowing how important stereophonic streaming was to me, he didn’t bother to even order the TV unit, thinking that the cell phone’s ONE-EAR streaming would be the deal killer. He had a pair of Resound aids on stand-by, thinking that’s what we’d do at the app’t. A U G H. Comedy of errors!
I’m actually LOVING these Phonak Audeo B-Directs! I’m going to keep them, and return next Monday to get the TV streamer.
I asked about the features spec sheet that I took with me (printed out from a link posted here), which lists Calm Situation, Speech-in-Noise, Comfort-in-Noise, Music, Speech-in Car, Comfort-in-Echo (whatever that means), and my aud-guy showed me that in my aids’ set-up program ALL OF THESE are listed. So perhaps we can assume that any of the programs listed on the features spec sheet ARE in the Audeo B-Direct UNLESS there is an asterisk to say otherwise?
I will report back in yet another week, after I get the TV streaming unit and set that up at home. Again, I wish my aud-guy would invest in a TV and demo this right in his office … but at least there is a Tech Kahuna bar none right at home!