29 years old, engineer, and since childhood wears a one-sided hearing aid (right ear).
My word recognition in silent mode is 98%, while in noisy mode it moves around 50%.
My work environment is open spaces, with around 12 people in one space.
Until this year I did not know the world of hearing aids, every time I bought my hearing aid according to the recommendation of the audiologist (who was more of a saleswoman than understanding and translating my needs into an optimal device).
In the last year, with the covid around and the masks, my ability to function has been significantly impaired, so I decided to study the subject and look for the best device for me.
My main understanding is that a CIC device no longer provides an optimal solution for me, so I decided to switch to a RIC device (each company and the name it takes). This is a big step for me (like declaring to the whole world that I am deaf), but I have reached a stage in my life that prefers optimal hearing over shame.
I focused on 2 main companies:
After a private conversation with Volusiano (thanks a lot for all the help), I decided to purchase a hearing aid of the oticon more type, when the audiologist told me that a ‘cross’ configuration should be released for this device this summer.
Volusiano warned me in advance that I had to get used to all the “wealth” of information, wearing the new device. However I did not feel a significant change in sound volume compared to my previous hearing aid.
Anyway in this post I will try to summarize the change, from my point of view.
Widex hearing aids have a very “clean / natural” tone of sound, and there is no doubt that you feel a change compared to the sound more 1, however after a day / two I got used to the sounds and no longer bothered myself too much.
After performing -REM and initial adjustment, I felt that I lacked volume in the volume of the sounds, in the app on the phone there is a bar to increase the volume of sounds, only after I increased a little from 0 to 2 I felt that the volume of the sound feels familiar.
- Ability to understand speech in a noisy environment - I was in a social gathering, and I also noticed that I understand more and are more involved in the conversation, nor did I feel so tired from the effort of listening to everyone.
- Hearing ability in a quiet environment - I worked several hours in the office alone, and I also felt comfortable listening, the silence did not bother me.
- Understanding ability to speak with masks - There is a significant improvement in the understanding of people who wear masks in the common space.
Bad comments (currently after initial adjustment)
- Ability to speak on the phone - Unable to hear anyone through the “ear” on the phone, the sound sounds very weak.
- Listening to sound that comes from electrical devices (TV / radio / computer speakers) - unfortunately the sound sounds metallic, not clean, and very difficult to understand. I can sit at a distance of 1 meter from the sound source, and not understand the speech.
- Background noises (wind, rain on the window), sound very loud, and can swallow speech / conversation sounds.
- Understanding a conversation When there are several circles of conversations (cafeteria for example), if I want to listen to someone who is at a table next to me, but there is someone talking at my desk, it is not possible.
In the future I plan to be DIY (thanks to Volusiano who instructed me what to buy and install), then I will be able to tune the hearing aid even further to my needs.
Thanks for reading,
I will update on the process, hoping for better hearing