Efter since my current hearing aids have started to fail, and have come outside of the warranty I’ve been working on getting some new hearing aids. First i tried the Phonak Audeo B Direct (B90), but that didn’t work out, they simply stopped working and I had several other issues with them, see the full story here:
Then I returned them and they asked what i then wanted to try. Based on YouTube and this forum i decided to try Oticon OPN 1, specifically the miniRITE-T variant, in order to get more buttons to control them.
On the 29th of October 2018 i get the Oticon Hearing aids fitted to my hearing with double vent bass domes/closed domes. We get everything right and i drive to school afterwards, however at the first lecture i start having problems. The sound is odd, and the dobes does just not want to stay in my ears. I change back to my old hearing aids to understand the lecture properly.
A few days later i try them on again, and try to make a objective test with snapping my fingers with and without them on, and it is noticeable louder without the hearing aids on. Turning up the volume does not help much, and the extra programs i got added is only worse than the default “opn” sound.
In the end i decide to wait for my next appointment that was yesterday, 28th of November 2018. Here i exchange the domes for a open fit that fits much better than before, and i make sure that the sound is alright in volume by comparing to my old hearing aids. Since the open dome isn’t a perfect fit either we decide to make a custom mold ear tip for my ear so that it’ll be ready for next appointment.
Unlike before, I don’t feel like they’re a plug in my ear, this is a much better fit, and the volume is just about right, maybe a tad too loud, but i can easily fix that by changing the volume. I’ve only had time to play around with the default “opn” program and the music program, but so far it’s been a great experience.
i have another appointment in about a months time next. At that time the custom ear tips will be ready and we can check if they fit better than open domes. I’ve had a mixed bag of experience with custom ear molds, so not sure what to expect there.
I’ve got them setup so one ear changes the programs on the two buttons and the other one changes the volume. They sync reliable, but with a odd delay. However it’s been 100% stable so it’s fine. The Oticon ON app works fine on my phone, and the bluetooth connection is stable, and it does not drop every time the app is closed. They have a very useful notification that can be used to change programs, and it’s very good at syncing with my hearing aids so changes on them show up on the app, and the other way around. MUCH better than the Phonak experience that i had with their first generation bluetooth hearing aids.
If anything is unclear, then please feel free to ask. If anyone wants to hear more of this story as i get more experience with these hearing aids, then feel free to give a like or let me know some other way
I hope this is useful for someone out there. Have a nice day!
Update: A bit of practical information:
My Phone is a Nokia 7 plus with the latest updates (currently with Android 9.0 Pie and november 2018 patch)
I got these programs:
2#: Speech in noise
Receiver: miniFit 60 (green model)
Software version: 6.0
Firmware version: au2cs3fw5.16.0
Besides from change in volume, i got the startup sound turned off, and the bips turned down in volume (by default i felt they were very loud). No hard noise suppression or frequency compression/moving enabled.