Good afternoon All,
I don’t post very often but I do come on here daily looking for suggestions or situations like mine.
I went for adjustments last week and a routine cleaning. My regular Audi has left the area so I saw a new Audi. I explained what my problems are with the aids right now:
They are always backing out of my ears which causes occlusion and causes me not to be able to hear well with them.
When I push them back in as far as they will go they are great for about 5 minutes then backing out starts again.
I have also had issues lately with clarity and having to ask people to repeat their selves all the time which I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do with aids but I do it as much now as I did before HAs.
She cleaned my aids; said I was borderline needing a power receiver on right ear so she went ahead and put one on. I have been having very one sided hearing for a long time because I could barely hear out of my right aid. Never could even with me complaining and multiple previous adjustments so I figured she was right.
She ran REM and then made a few adjustments then asked me how they sounded.
The right side was so loud that every time I spoke it sounded like a busted speaker so she turned them down some. Same issue. I also have more feedback now that ever before which I complained about because I hate it. She said I would just have to get used to some feedback and some occlusion but I don’t see why I should have to.
She finally got rid of MOST of the feedback issue but another issue is I have very, very small ear canals and the power receiver with a dome on it feels like it is just crammed in my ear and feels clogged up all the time. She had some issues even getting it in and I explained to her about my small ears and she said it wasn’t supposed to be in very far anyway but for me it does. I can’t stand the clogged up feeling.
I have been wearing them for 5 days now and my right ear is so sore I can barely touch it. I did find a dome that I had bought that wasn’t as big as the one she put on it and it did feel a little better but have a lot more feedback with it.
I can almost forget I have my left aid in but the right one is a constant pushing and trying to adjust all day long. When I mentioned this to her she said everyone had one that was great but one that wasn’t.
There are so many times I just want to take the left one out and never wear it again but I know I need it so I need help.
My questions are:
Is it true that I just have to deal with feedback and/or occlusion?
What adjustments can I ask for that she will understand to be able to have better clarity?
Is there any way I can keep from having the busted speaker sound when I speak or when something is said even a little loud?
I almost wince when someone speaks loud at all or when the dog barks but yet I don’t have any more clarity.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Also, I have problems explaining what my issues are and that could be part of the problem too. She just looked at me like I wasn’t making sense about the riding out and occlusion and clarity.
PS. Forgot to add that I made another appointment to see Audi Thursday.