I feel inattentive in social gathering with ReSound LiNX 3D RIC

Hi
What needs to be fixed when I feel inattentive or zoned out while I’m with people for social gathering. I had never felt that with resound live BTE.

I’m wearing Resound Linx 3D 961s.

Please help.

I get depressed, socially isolated and not wanting to meet people outside rather than staying at home with my family.
Yes there is a big difference of feel and hear between Live BTE vs. Linx 3D RIE

Bluntly it is due to hearing loss, I for one can not function when more than one person is talking at a time. I have known this for many years and it only gets worse as my hearing gets worse. My aids are fitted to the top notch fitting that they can be so hearing aids are doing all that they can for my hearing loss. It has to do with the fact that I have the hearing loss and the fact that my brain has to work extremely hard to make sense out of what I am hearing.

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I have been that way for years. I just assumed it was because I could not hear well enough to understand the conversation and then got into the habit of not even trying to understand. After I got hearing aids 5 years ago I got a little better but not very much.

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Do you have a custom tip? Anything that has taken some clarity/speech understanding away could leave you feeling like you are in a bubble-lots of murmuring but not picking up enough to engage. I have Widex Evoke IP customs which have great speech recognition but when I tried domes with rics for a trial the clarity dropped compared to what I was used to and I felt disconnected after a week as I am used to a high level of hearing. Can you try the old ones again for comparison? Sometimes we don’t realise what has been lost until we get it back again.

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Hey you have plenty of company here on this forum. I believe it is one of the symptoms that comes with hearing loss. I used to be described as an “over-the-top” extrovert before my hearing got bad, but as my hearing got worse I became more introverted, detached and withdrawn. Folks who were used to my gregarious nature were somewhat taken aback by the change and thought I needed anti-depressants not hearing aids. Of course my doctor was a very wise man and sent me to an doctor of audiology and he was able to make an accurate diagnosis and recommended a hearing aid specialist (an Audiologist, I guess). I am still not the exuberant guy I once used to be, but a heck of a lot better than I was before I got proper help with my hearing.

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So why aren’t you going back to Resound Live BTE if it worked better for you?

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This is hilarious and so true.
For those of us who could hear for many years before losing our hearing it can be mentally challenging.
This forum has been a blessing to many of us.

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I guess it is the fact that I was raised on a farm way out in the country, but I have always been reserved. I have always be someone that prefers to be off in the counter reading and thinking.

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With large gatherings and background noise I tend to “zone out” after awhile. It takes tremendous concentration to listen in that environment and it quickly gets exhausting.

Being inattentive is a “bad habit” I’ve been getting into with my hearing loss. I sometimes think “why bother interacting if I can’t follow a conversation” which makes me withdrawal socially more and more.

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Amen and Amen and Amen. Not being redundant but I had to have 16 characters.

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I can relate too much of your sentiments Gramps… Practically overnight after SHL (Sudden Hearing Loss) I went from a gregarious soul of the party type person to an almost total recluse. Eventually depression reared its ugly head, on and off it has been with me since 30 odd years… ’Tis part of being deaf, but we come to terms with that fact eventually, though it does take a while to move on, in my case it took several years! Inattentiveness is perhaps a coping mechanism, out of sheer fatigue we just switch off, background noise is a conversation killer, we don’t have the hearing to adjust to the subtle conversational skills we require and “Butt In” when folks are not finished their story, sometimes an appropriate pause is used to enhance a story or worse still we start talking about something completely different, totally off subject! Pre COVID-19 in the very rare event that I did actually go, I would tend to observe more at social or family gatherings, only speaking when I was confident that I was speaking “In” subject… Anyhow, observing can be a somewhat interesting and sometimes enlightening experience and it can save you a lot of embarrassment :slight_smile:

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Hopefully those new Naida aids can help you concerning social gatherings. The PartnerMic or a Roger device might help more.

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I am planning a set of Nadia M’s next year Raudrive… I actually hear very well (considering) with the Marvel 90’s if I am close up and personal, TV connect 2 for the Marvel platform is exceptional, Phonak Roger Pen iN is possibly in the pipeline via a grant program here in the UK called “Access to Work” with the new normal, social distancing and not to mention face masks, I will struggle at work with criminal justice, so hopefully the ATW will give me the Roger Pen iN… Cheers Kev:-)

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My mistake, I thought you bought a set of new Nadia aids.

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My old ones broke. The first one broke then it was sent to lab for fixed and when it came back, I figured the program I had was erased. I had to get it reprogrammed. So I tried, nothing was the same when I was with different audiologist. The first audiologist I purchased HAs from is in out of state. I contacted her, she said the program she had is no longer use in her computer. She was sad she couldn’t help out. So we’re all other audiologists I went to , their computers were no longer use for resound live fitting. It’s old. I contacted resound company, they don’t have it anymore. My second HA broke , then same issue. What a big problem huh! Lol that’s why I went ahead to purchase a new set of HAs after seeing so many audiologists in my town for trying to get my old ones reprogrammed.

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I am really sorry to hear that, I also know how much a drop in hearing can affect your confidence and then how you can feel generally. I have been wearing hearing aids for about 40 years. So long as your hearing is stable it sounds like your set up is not as good as it was. The BTE can be more powerful and you would’ve had the custom moulds. The RIC may be fitted with a generic dome and then you can lose the clarity that enables you to cope in a group situation, and generally. It can be really hard to realise when your hearing level drops as no situation is exactly like for like and we can just end up thinking that’s our new normal. If you don’t have custom moulds I think you need to try this and then they need to set up the hearing aids again so it’s adjusted to the new moulds. I know that my speech intelligibility could drop by about 20% with off the shelf domes because you lose the definition. It’s a bit like binoculars-I hope you can make some changes so the focus is sharpened to give that clearer picture when listening. I have had a few challenges with dispensers who don’t follow the exact set up requirements. This is really important so don’t be afraid to say it’s not right and persist in getting it better for you. That’s what the hearing aid manufacturer should be ensuring happens. Widex have been brilliant for me in wanting to get my hearing as good as it can be (wonderful sound for all) and I want us all to hear as well as we can as that’s what you bought in to and deserve. Good luck.

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Not a problem Raudrive, I was aware you might have me slightly confused with someone else… Tis a thing of nothing:-)

Interesting article from Phonak blog on custom molds tinkyp…

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Back off on the alcohol.

wish it was that simple, I do not even drink.