So I’ve had a pair of Naidas in my ears for about four days. Previous aids were Phonak Elevas. My hearing profile:
Progressive nerve deafness. At present:
750 - 80 to 90db
500-65 to 75 db
Speech discrimination: About 70 percent in both ears.
CORE—the auto program, based on CORE which offers program blending, seems to be excellent at focusing/zooming in on sound. I overheard a conversation on the street and someone talking on the phone an office away, something I don’t recall being able to do for a looooong time. Also heard my buddy from across the tennis court, which normally I would not be able to hear.
Harmonics!!!–I play the piano and so far these have been the best aids at making sure all pitches are heard, even when they overlap. Normally I would not be able to hear bass notes over high notes, but somehow w/ these I can hear five or six note pitches played in harmony. (The other aids would not pick up the bass harmony).
Extremely high pitches heard: I am hearing very slight tympany–snare drums, cymbals not previously heard before, and complex synthesizer layerings (such as in a Moody Blues song). Also heard music played through someone else’s walkman as he passed me by in the gym—don’t remember hearing that for years.
Sound quality, sound quality, sound quality. I am getting some “shcccchhh” static across the audible spectrum, when words are spoken or when I whistle. The overall result is that speech has a slightly garbly quality.
Music is also too high frequency and lacks overall clarity. I am not sure if this is because SoundRecover making frequencies ram into each other, but I want the sound clear though. I understand these aids take a few tries to knock out such glitches?
Where’s the voice zoom/noise reduction??--CORE is very good but I am somewhat disappointed it’s not keying in directly on the speech when I need it to. This is supposed to be an auto function…however, the other day the aids were picking up the music over the loudspeaker but not the sound of the cashier’s voice who was directly in front of me, based perhaps on the fact that the music was louder than the guy’s voice. (Conversely, the Naidas did excellent in a car and at a low-noise restaurant). I understand a noise-reduction option can be manually programmed.
Impressive in parts, but seems to require programming to make ideal.
Exelia seems to offer or at least advertise better sound quality and voice directionality (w/ myPilot).
I’d consider Exelias, but given the fact I have progressive loss, I’m not sure whether the higher power offered by the Naidas gives me more room to grow—and to take out the noise with an FM— over the next few years before a CI.