So far I am really impressed using only 1 general preset and volume control. I believe my Audiologist is not going to be a great help in programing my aids for max use.I hope I’m wrong. He is not very hi-tech. We shall see.
First I am understanding speech again and have not said ‘What” since getting them fitted. My Halo’s 2 's had failed and sending them in for repair.
Issues I am having with OPN-S 1’s are while I am watching TV (Which now is at a normal volume for my wife) in living room and she is in the kitchen making noises (about 30 feet away) like pots and pans or unwrapping things I hear her just as loud as TV. Very annoying. Only speech is coming from TV and her background noise is way too loud.Again its my first week and I am hoping I can adjust this background noise out in future software adjustments. Me self programming or my Audiologist.
Was in a very very crowded restaurant and noise was the max I have heard in a long time. Which I guess is a good thing. Even my wife was having trouble hearing me but I did not have trouble hearing her at our dinner table. The noise level was testing the hearing aids to the max but not once could I not hear my wife speaking which never would have happened with Halo 2’s. The issue was similar to my living room experience that it did not seem to tune out everyone else’s volume and conversion. I felt like I was in the movie with Jim Kerry “Bruce Almighty” and hearing everyone’s conversation. I am hopeful I can correct this with the software but the software does its job by allowing me to understand those close to me and hearing everyone else. My aids have no programs in them yet since he did not want to complicate my environments for first week. He did put volume control on so I could at least adjust that. That did help turning down for background noise but made it more difficult to hear my wife but I still could but did not come as easy as with them set to default volume. I used the Genie 2 software to take a look but not ready to make any adjustments yet until I really know what I am doing. I did save my settings to software to compare what my Audiologist does next and hear the difference. I have used hearing aids for 3 years now and the Halo 2’s where good for first year but I believe the mic’s have been failing or the receivers for last two years. Been reprogrammed 4 times by audiologists . On way to Starkey for repair under warranty. Be good to compare both OPN-S1 and Halo 2’s when they get back.