Ok, any feedback appreciate but obviously I have to go back to my audiologist and complain - which is often hard because well he has perfect hearing so how will he ever understand?
I wore Sonic Tribute CIC for about 8 years (yeah, I made them last that long) - don’t have the software for those anymore and my mom offered to buy me new ones because they were not working as well. Turns out my hearing decreased a little bit (but audi said very good for 8 years).
So I am used to the CIC so I got the CIC ones again - these are Phonak Solara Petite - I have small narrow canals - I think there was a teenier one which I think was the Nano? but he said I couldn’t get that one because my ears were too small. (wah!)
Anyhow, Ok, I know these are supposed to be more technologically advanced than my old ones but honestly I can’t see how they are working correctly. The sound volume decreases in one or both of the aids that random moments and my old ones never did that. It could even be in a quiet area where there is little noise and I can tell the sound volume went down because my ear feel “plugged” - almost like that feeling you get when your batteries die out but your hearing aids are still in. I know this CAN’T be right.
These aids are supposed to have the ability of being “directional” I guess - well, sometimes there will be a sound/noise that is defiantley happening right in front of me (ie cooking on the stove dishes clanging or paper rustlling in my hands) but instead of hearing it like it is right in front me - I hear it coming from the back of me like it is happening a few feet behind me. This CAN’T be right - CAN IT?
I was thinking I would be hearing alot better but honestly the whole “group noisey” situation is pretty much the same. I have alot of difficulty understanding people with heavy accents (although I think that might be a common thing with people with hearing loss).
I don’t think it is wax on the aids because this started happening in the car after I left the office. I have a hard time telling whether there is wax on them because he got me the skin colored ones this time - last time I had red and blue and I could see the dried wax on them when I cleaned them - I can’t tell now. FUnny how he had everything programmed in but I remember him having to change the sound level in one of them because it sounded slightly muffled - than the other one sounded like that - now I am wondering if it wasn’t that the sound levels were off but the aids are duds.
Since I am seasoned CIC user, I know that often my voice will sound “echoy” but I honestly feel like I am hearing other sounds in tunnel.
I think I got dud aids.
If anyone else has any other experiences like this with these or know how these are supposed to work, please let me know. I know this can’t be right - how can these be worse than my old ones?
I only have so much time before I switch them out I think and get new ones if they are not working for me. But I hate to think my mom spend $6,000 for aids that don’t seem to work properly and if they are really supposed to work like this - it will be utterly exhausting to have to deal with the sound volume changing for the next 5 or so years.
I honestly feel like I am losing it but I don’t think it is me. There has to be something wrong with these aids!