I’m attempting to sort out issues with music streaming quality on my Phonak Audéo L90s, that have been persistent since I got them, and my audiologist has not been much help. Some details:
- There are two main issues: ~zero bass, persistent static, and crackling in high frequencies.
- This is not a bluetooth issue. The bass and crackling in particular can be partially sorted by manually “plugging” my ears with external pressure.
- The static is highly dependent upon the “ambient balance” option in the Phonak app.
The bass and crackling seem like mechanical issues. My audiologist has repeatedly tried to pass this off as “you shouldn’t expect great music quality from $6k hearing aids”, which I find highly suspicious, especially when I’m able to “fix” the problem mechanically, however briefly. I’ve ordered new, larger, closed domes to see if that helps. Anyone here have similar experiences?
This does not, however, address the static issue. Whenever my hearing aids switch to Bluetooth streaming, a significant amount of static immediately kicks in. I’m able to make this somewhat better by adjusting the “ambient balance” setting a notch or two in favor of audio. But the damned thing switches back (sometimes even worse, by balancing more in favor of external sound, which increases the static level) every time I switch out of streaming and back in. There appears to be no way to make this setting stick, making a massive exercise in frustration. Only made worse by the fact that my phone (Android/Pixel) usually won’t connect to the aids to change this setting, if they’re streaming from another device.
I’d appreciate any advice or similar experiences others have had. I’m utterly fed up with getting my audiologist to even understand the issue, much less fix it. So I’ve downloaded a copy of Phonak Target from the interwebs, and ordered a Noahlink wireless so I can take matters into my own hands.