First time hearing aid wearer and the first couple weeks were great, but after the tweaks, feeling frustrated! Fitted with Phonak B90 direct.
The first week I was fit with closed domes and only had adjustments based on my hearing loss. The default programming seemed to work very well. Then came the followup appointment.
The adjustments I asked for were as follows: Better clarity for speech when talking with another person directly across from me in a noisy environment, restaurant for example. High frequencies sounded fake and needed to be turned down, maybe shrill is a good description. The program for Bluetooth streaming while taking calls seemed to increased all background noises, which didn’t make sense. I also asked to try open domes since my hearing loss is mild in mid frequencies and mid to severe in high. I read in other places where using open domes would allow for the sounds i can hear well (bass for example) would sound more natural. I also inquired about a dedicated music program i could select in the phone app just to try out.
The results, the program for music to music is now very tinny with no base, and highs were very distorted. The default music program was much better. No change to call streaming, i think it might be worse actually and i was told the program for loud environment was already maxed out for more front sensing.
I have another appt on the 15th and may ask for a complete reset to the the initial fitting. Really frustrated since it was better before she made the tweaks.
Also, should the domes always have a seal inside the ear? My initial fitting with the closed dome, where both were size small and I don’t think they sealed all the way. With the open tips (med in size) they fit tighter in my ear and produce a lot more occlusion as compared to the closed domes which seem backwards. But overall, i had much more bass, less distorted highs, and much less occlusion with the smaller closed domes.