This morning I was fitted with the Epoq XW and Streamer. While it’s still too early to give you an informed review just yet, so far I really like them. I only have a couple of minor problems, one is that my ear mold in my left ear keeps working its way out the canal. I have a very unusual bend in the canal of my left ear so I am going to have to have another mold made for it. The second is that the streamer can only broadcast in Mono, although I knew this going in so it not that big of a deal. The Bluetooth works great, especially on the cell phone. The Ipod works great, but it is hampered by the mono broadcasting streamer.
As for the hearing aid themselves, I had to have them powered down from the original settings that my Audi programmed them. It was just too overwhelming, all the new sounds and everything my brain just couldn’t take that level of input just yet. So my Audi reduced the power and programmed the aids to gradually increase over a period of two weeks. That is based on a 10 hour day of wear, but I think I’ll probably surpass that. She said that is not a problem, and that is actually better for me anyway.
I also had my mom come along and I casually brought up the issue of Auditory Deprivation, which I definitely am going to have trouble with since it’s been two years since I have had HAs in both ears. My Audi explained everything to us about it, and it was an eye opener for my mom. Now I don’t think I’ll have to worry so much about family and friends unrealistic expectations when it comes to my hearing. Nobody knows how to get the word out like my mom.