I’ve had a sensorineural hearing loss in both ears since I was little. It’s a cookie bite loss which means I miss the middle frequencies quite a bit. Over the years I have adapted with lip reading and so on. But I’m aware I don’t hear too well and as a lecturer that’s no good.
In the UK I have been fitted with Oticon Spirit 3 (Synchro) digital HAs with open dome tips and thin tubes. (I tried the moulds but they cut me off from the world entirely.) Apart from making everything sound a bit tinny and making sounds a bit louder, I have not really noticed any greater clarity, which is what I am after.
The television still has to be at the same loud volume. If people laugh it hurts. I think what I am getting is a boost in the high frequencies which I do not need a lot of. I don’t need any bass boost.
Is it possible for these HAs to be tuned to boost the mid-frequencies without boosting highs and lows? I had thought it was meant to be their advantage. Also are there any softer tips for the ears? The ones I have are quite soft but they make my ears sore after an hour or less.
I’m at the point where I don’t think it’s worth continuing with these. However, I don’t know if it is me, the particular HA, the HA settings, or what.
I would appreciate any feedback, advice, comments, etc.