I’m new to HA, and have had KS9s for about a month. It does use MyPhonak.
My hearing loss for the most part is high frequencies only. This causes misunderstanding of words heavy consonants. Remapping of high frequencies to levels I hear is, I suppose, the main thing I would notice in improved hearing, and hopefully improve overal understanding of language, espeially in noisy environments.
I have a friend up the street who also got new HAs. I aske him what brand they were, and he didn’t know. But he loves them. He says when he is in a restaurant, the noise and clackin of dishes and utensils were driving him nuts. Then he realized he need to click one of the buttons, and the HAs completely blocked out that noise. I need to go to a noisy restaurant and give that a try, but I’m not hopeful.
When I go into Myphonak, it has to connect to the HA. Once connected, if I go to another program, and come back, I need to connect again.
It never shows anything other than Automatic. I have only realized some type of automatic program change a couple times. Given the infrequence of noticing that, I’m not sure what I heard was a program change.
I can select any of the default programs, ie. Automatic, Restaurant, Music or TV, I can tell NO Difference at all.
In fact I’m not sure I hear any difference between having them on or not. Well, I can tell small amount of difference in volume, but it’s marginal. If I change some of the settings such as noise reduction, speech focus, or change of frequencies I’m not sure i notice any difference… My left ear, if I take volume all the way up, it may squelch, or maybe, not sure what to call it, maybe echo in the ear.
I’m not sure it’s worth it, even given the “great capabilities for the cost”.
I’m considering going to an audiologist and doing a trial on Phonaks. The new ones being released the middle of August for Phonak (Paradise I think it’s called) have some very interesting features. And interestingly, my hearing aid specialist had told me a good upgrade was coming soon for the KS9s…no specifics.