A quick introduction and then on to the reason for my post.
I’m in my late 50’s and probably had some hearing loss already due to the use of guns, lawnmowers, chainsaws and electric guitars over the years without using hearing protection. But I did enjoy the electric guitars! J In the last 20 years or so, I did start using hearing protection when needed.
About a year ago I experienced a severe, acute auditory trauma when I was near a heavy equipment battery explosion; it was the loudest thing I had ever heard or been exposed to. As a result, I have suffered some hearing loss/damage that may well be permanent, especially in the higher frequencies. I waited several months thinking my hearing injury would get better, and though it did improve some, I did not recover fully. It was time for hearing aids. I did get an audiogram a few days after the accident and about 6 months later.They were about the same.
Initially, I tried the Widex Zen-to-go with a Dr. of Audiology to help my severe tinnitus, along with my hearing loss. I was extremely depressed due to the accident and the fact that I am/was an amateur musician and music was a big part of my life.
Anyway, getting to the point, and reason for this post, I got tired of hearing the wind-chime tones in my ears in the zen mode and the Widex aids and they were very metallic sounding.
I turned them back in before the trial period ended and tried the Phonak Audeo V90 310 BTE aids and they sounded much better/less metallic than the Widex zen-to-go, and also had a white-noise tinnitus program that I liked better than the wind-chime tones in the Widex.
I did purchase the Phonak aids after the trial period and they have helped my hearing, and my tinnitus to a great extent. However, I do still have some issues… the infamous “warble” effect with some tones, especially the higher frequency tones like the beeper/timer on a microwave oven, and some higher frequency voices.
The Phonak audio tech has been very kind and courteous and has tried to program the V90s a couple of times to get rid of, or at least help, the warble effect.
The last time I was there, she called a Phonak rep to ask for help with the programing. The Phonak rep said it was most likely entrainment feedback causing the “voice in the fan” or warble sound. So, we turned off the whistle-block feature and changed the open receiver domes to the closed domes, and recalibrated the aids. At that moment in time it seemed to help, and I think it did help some, especially with the higher frequency voices, but I still get the “warble” with the microwave beeper and other higher frequency tones.
I think the Phonak Audeo V90s are among the latest and greatest digital hearing aids on the market, but I think the individual programing for me could be refined and improved with the right programing adjustments.
Can anyone with a similar experience or expertise share any solutions/suggestions?