I have been wearing Naida V UP’s since April and I decided it was time I do a review!
The inital fitting was some what of a disappointment. Both my audi and a Phonak rep were there because it was my audi’s first Naida fitting. After about 5 minutes the left aid stopped connecting to the computer and we had to order a new one without me getting the aids.
When I finally got them two weeks later it was great! I went to a group meeting right after getting them and I was able to at least have a little bit of directional sense so I could speech read. In as little as three days my speech had vastly improved. and everyone was quite impressed.
Right of the bat I have liked the sound that I was getting. It was a little funny sounding at first but it didn’t take me long to adjust as it is the only sound I can hear (I hear nothing without my aids) However as my hearing dropped a little more and we adjusted them with more gain I started to have problems with the sound. I was feeling really uneven and over whelmed by the sound. My audi adjusted the compression and that helped the uneven feeling. She also reduced the gain and that helped with the over whelmed feeling.
We also reduced the SoundRecover a little bit and as a result my own speech has gotten a little worse. I found that the stronger the SoundRecover the less I understood the sounds around me. I don’t understand many of the sounds around me to begin with so that wasn’t good. Starting in the fall my audi is going to slowly increase the SoundRecover and the gain to where it should be. I won’t let her do it now because I am in mainly speaking environments when I need to use what little hearing I have as much as possible. When she adjust things I can’t understand anything for a few weeks while I relearn my auditory world. Come fall however, I will be in signing environments for the majority of the time.
Over all I think the aids are great. For a person as profoundly deaf as me they are able to provide a decent range of sounds and awareness of my auditory environment. Although I can’t descriminate speech at all they allow me to hear the direction of the sound and speech read accordingly.
Although I have had my fair share of tech troubles, the aids turning on and off, I am happy with them now. They are keepers for sure and as new technology comes I will try it if my audi suggests it.
As for the MyPilot and Icom, I have neither. I don’t really have a need for the MyPilot as I rarely change the program of my aids. I don’t use a voice phone (i use TTY) so the Icom seemed fairly useless as well.
Anyway that is my little breif overview on the Naidas!