First, I want to say I am not an experienced HA wearer. I tried my first pair about a month ago, Widex Moment 440.
Yesterday my Audi wanted me to just try the OPN S2 (she didn’t have the 1’s) in her office. I could tell a sound difference after listening to her and my wife talk. Sounded sharper and more amplified but with less echo and vibrations, the biggest problem I was having with the moments. She offered to let me take them with me along with the moments to try in the real world and I took her up on it. I put the moments back in and we left. I was really struggling with the adjustments she had made to the moments. Everything seemed much louder. I was having to go to the app and try to make adjustments to be able to hear my wife without it being uncomfortable for me.
After we got home we went on a Jeep ride with the top down out on the country roads. After about 15 minutes I just couldn’t take the wind noise and try to hear my wife. I did bring the OPN’s with me to try with wind noise so I pulled over and put them in.
I could not believe the difference! Almost 0 wind noise and I could hear my wife really well. I could hear the birds in the trees as we would pass by. I started hearing what I thought was a rock stuck in the Jeep tire thread so I pulled over and it was a larger quarter size nail in the tire that was slapping the pavement. My wife said “you could hear that”?
It’s hard to believe the difference. I’m thinking one of three things. 1-The moments are defective in some way
2-not adjusted correctly
3-just not right for my hearing loss.
I’m thinking maybe a combination of 2 and 3.
I do prefer the sound of the moments, when everything was perfect, environment, persons voice, sound level etc. OPN’s are sharper and more amplified sounding but this is with Oticon suggested setting for my hearing loss, she didn’t have time to improve on that any.
The biggest difference for me is the way OPN’s keep everything the same level no matter what the sound or noise is. I have been very sensitive to sharp sounds for a long time. With the moments, rolling up the garage door was painful, the OPN’s make this sound normal.
I can hear the tv at my wife’s volume with the OPN’s, couldn’t with the moments unless I cranked up the volume. Then the wife would blow me out when she spoke. The Oticon tv streamer works well too. Widex doesn’t have a working tv streamer yet for the moments so I’m not sure how they would have done with steaming.
I haven’t taken the OPN’s out and may not. Maybe audi can help with the sharpness and amplified sound a little when I go back in two weeks. She will also have the S1 in by then also, that’s what she wants me to have.
I am now hopeful that I can go through the day with somewhat normal hearing and without worrying about a sudden loud clank blowing me out.
EDIT: Almost 0 wind noise at 30mph or less. Above 30mph and I have to pull volume down to -6 but still able to have conversations.