Got my new Phonak Audeo S Smart IX’s this morning at 10:30 am. They are my very first HA’s and I really didn’t know what to expect but I had great expectations…
My audiologist spent about an hour and a half programming them, teaching me how to wear them, care for them, and change the batteries. He also spent a good deal of that time talking to me about what to expect from them as time went on. I think he really wanted to help me manage my expectations and to make sure I understood that they were not a cure for my hearing loss but they could be a wonderful alternative.
Well it is now 10:25 pm. and I promise you when I say this I mean it. I don’t want to go to bed because I’ll have to take them out of my ears…
In the last 12 hours I have heard things I haven’t heard in years! Birds singing, clocks ticking, and all sorts of sounds while driving my car home from the audi’s office, including the turn signal when I used it. I literally haven’t heard these things in years.
My wife and I went to dinner and I ordered my own dinner (something I haven’t done in years because I usually couldn’t hear the waiter or waitress amongst all the background noise in restaurants). I watched TV tonight and was able to listen at 1/3 the volume that I needed without the HA’s. Same thing with the radio in my car. The thing that gives me the most joy however is the fact that I have not ask one person to repeat themselves since I started wearing them. That is truly amazing! I’d say I’m hearing and understanding between 95% and 100% of everything I’m hearing. I’m loving it.
I’m an Electrical Engineer and Licensed Amateur Radio operator. I have a basic knowledge of how Digital Signal Processing works. By no means however do I understand much about what’s happening inside these HA’s nor do I really have a grasp for everything they are capable of doing. But I can tell you this… whatever it is that’s going on inside them is GOOD… and it has given me a part of my life back that I never knew how much I missed!
I wish I’d done this 10 years ago. Thanks to an Audiologist who took the time to “Get It Right” and PHONAK for putting allot of life inside a small instrument!