I’m new to hearing aids and I didn’t know what to expect. I spent a lot of time reading post on this hearing forum prior to getting the aids and my impression was there would be a number of tweaks before the aids worked as desired. So, I was not expecting much on the initial fitting.
The Audi said she wanted to keep it simple and set the gain at 40% of my prescription, made a few sound byte adjustments and I sent me on my way. The first thing I noticed was I could definitely hear better, lots of low level background sounds get amplified. When I was waiting in the front office to settle up there were five or six people talking along with general office noise it seemed like I was a bat, I could hear everything!
On the way home we stopped in a supermarket to get a few things and a cup of coffee. The tables are at the front of the store next to the cash registers and it was very noisy, however, the sound seemed natural, just louder. I could hear sounds coming from all directions and I had no trouble separating voice from all the background noise. Also, I could tell which direction the sounds were coming from!
The real test for the aids was the road noise test and if I could clearly hear my wife while riding in the car at highway speed. I could hear her just fine through the road noise!
These aids are comfortable, allowing natural bidirectional sounds and I now can hear my wife talking to me from another room of the house. The aids are great even if set at 40% of the target level. I’m not sure I would like the amplification increased from the present setting, all is good the way they are!