Hi all! Thanks for reading this
I think I’ve read this forum back in 2015 when I decided to get HA after I lost hearing on left ear overnight in 2014, but I don’t remember finding so much information back then as I’m getting now. So I’ve delightedly joined now
My Widex dream 330 served me OK until today, but on second thought, it wasn’t that good plus I wasn’t working for big periods of time so not hearing everything wasn’t a problem that I’d notice.
Came 2017 and we moved to Germany (from Croatia), and I didn’t speak German nor I’ve used spoken English much in my life. So although I had just several bad days in Croatia until I got tougher and embraced yet another aid that I have (wearing glasses since 8), coming here smashed me profoundly. I felt deaf, dumb, unable - completely and utterly disabled and that affected my mental health as well as my confidence and feeling that I’m able to work at all. Never thought that that move with connected experiences could crush me like that.
Last year I’ve tried working, but even though one on ones were okish, meetings brought me almost to the tears with how poor I could understand people. Yeah, their English isn’t perfect and they really mumble, but I felt utterly lost, my mental health got new hits, not fun.
This year I went to some shop for advice on spare parts for Widex and hearing checkup, and we decided to try custom molds. I feel that I got somewhat louder sound, but having omnidirectional mic turned on, Widex would catch so many noisy things, you know when quiet living room isn’t that quiet. Having one good ear, hearing that much noise on the right side just made me pull out the HA.
- I’m still not sure if custom molds made it overall better or worse, or if they’re at all good advice for my loss. I suspect that I have dead region on 125 and 250, but it could be that it’s really on around 80 dB, didn’t see ENT yet here.
Then we talked a bit about new technology, and I was suggested Phonak Audeo Marvel 70, as it’s the only one that has direct android stream, plus direct connection with roger select microphone, as one option to see if I can get more and better hearing out of it.
And oh my, I’m astonished how streaming is incredibly better. I could hear youtuber breathe in before next part of the sentence Ok, HA isn’t adjusted yet, we just had one proper fitting.
And now questions just keep piling up, and no matter how much I use search and google, I keep getting more questions than I’m able to find answers for
I would like to go down the route of self adjusting the HA, currently stopped at figuring out how to find original and not fake Noah Link Wireless. Target I hope I could get from someone here I need win10 for that, right?
My degree is math + compsci engineer, and I still enjoy learning. I’ve already bookmarked advice about courses to do. So that part doesn’t bother me.
My audi seems ok, but he can never give me so much time to test and tweak the device, as I could do myself. I mean, he might try, but it’ll last years, and I’m not patient one when it comes to debugging
He already agreed that he won’t oppose to me modifying it and then coming to him for more adjustments if needed. And he’ll try vented domes as I had in Widex, and whatever I ask.
We didn’t though real ear measurement, his opinion is that that’s obsolete, and that what HA itself supports is even better.
- I don’t know if that’s his opinion about my case or in general. But since I have one good ear I have something to compare with and say what I want / don’t want / have problems with, so I’m not sure if insisting on REM would give me anything useful at all?
Other questions that are still in the air, if someone can help with them as well:
My heart, by information I could find by now, is set on this combo M70 + roger select. From what I see here, many people like those aids, ok 90 version, but many of you need 2, and I got an impression that they’re practically the same, but 90 are better when you need two.
So, what I want in a HA, must haves:
- regular calls, voip calls (so zoom, wapp…) and media streaming, definitely; android compatibility without buying new phone (I have S8)
- tv connectivity and who know what else there might be
- 312 batteries
- speech clarity, not only stereo as with Widex mainly
- ability to follow people during meetings, video calls, networking events on conferences and similar, so ‘speech from that one person in noise of many speaking’
Nice to haves:
- app that can transcribe calls made by those voip apps (maybe some independent provider?)
Is there any other combo you’d recommend? What gadgets would I need then?
Is this Roger really the best mic there is or are there other manufacturers with theirs of comparable quality?
For those who are maybe not familiar with it, Roger select comes also with dock for tv, plus adapter for phone, I didn’t catch that from looking their promo info.
Hubby made per my instructions adapter that splits 3.5 aux+mic to one same plus another only aux, since I couldn’t find that type to buy. Initial testing looks good.
I’m waiting for taotronics bluetooth headphones with mic to test them together with HA and see how that goes without wires.
Will post updates if someone’s interested.
Thanks for any 2 cents
Edit: I have P receiver, RIC version, don’t know how big air vent is, looks like around 0.7mm what I think I could measure with my calipers.
Roger select or roger table mic? If I got it correctly, select is newer so better, but can’t be combined into network as table mic can? Or there is a way?
How to adjust roger select, will noah link wireless + target sw cover that too or I need something else?
Edit 3: oh yeah, I’m 37yo now, was 31 when hearing was lost, so I’d definitely say that I dare to ask for more today and do myself than back then.