I have had my Phinak Smart IIIs for a couple of months now. Played around with different programming and been very aware of the minor differences I have tried. I need them the most in my work enviromnment which is basically meetings with a group of people all within 10-15 feet. I had the audi leave one program auto, one louder (than what it was originnally programmed at) for speech only, and one with speech and noise.
I tried to get a fourth but the program would not allow it. I believe the Audi told me that one was a mute program?? I had the speech one programmed because I was going to a trade show and wanted to make sure I had enough volume. It definitely pumped up the volume along with everything else!! I use that now for when I have to listen to soft spoken people. The problem is that this mode makes everthing very “tinny” sounding including my voice.
The speech and noise program performs almost identical to the automatic default factory program. I have made a decision to have the Audi remove all of the programs and program them to the automatic mode with volume controls. I find it very easy to press the buttons when I will have to have added volume. I don’t have the cash to buy the remote and I would probably loose it anyway. Tried a lot of different programming and still revert back to the “automatic” program from the factory. I plan on having them changed in a couple of days.
I have read some threads where people have said to lower down the voice recover by 50% but with the IIIs, I think the best is going automatic with volume control option for the buttons. They are so comfortable I forget I have them on. There have been times I had an itch and poked my finger in the ear to realize they were in.
Good HAs are the bestinvestment anyone with hearing lose can make.
Someone asked me If I would recommend the Smart IIIs and I told them I got such a great deal because of insurance. They would have been $2800 without insurance and I ended up paying $380. I believe I would have bought the Bernafon Verite from Costco if I didn’t have the insurance. You would have to slightly sacrifice on voice quality with the Verite compared to the Phonak Smart- but not much. A good programmer can them very close.
I did have to get one of the receivers replaced at first but have not had any problems since. I try to be careful when I take them out not to twist the wires.