I visited my audiologist yesterday, having printed out Xbulder’s helpful comments to guide me. Unfortunately every time I go to the hospital I see a different one. However, yesterday’s was a chief audiologist and I felt that she listened to me more than the other about my experiences.
As it stands under the UK health system, this is the HA that’s prescribed. Apparently it varies a little from the Syncro, but uses the same software. I mentioned that for me there was little clarity in the midrange where I need it. Indeed she decided to check my audiogram by testing me at the 750mz level which hadn’t been done. (Link to scanned audiogram here: http://www.johnflood.co.uk/summerschool/documents/Flood_audiogram_Jan2008.pdf)
The other thing the audi did was to change the tips from tulips/dome to elephant ears which are soft flaps. I will experiment with both.
She did a lot more adjusting than the first time around. We cut more of the high end and boosted the middle. She took the program up to level 3 for me, but cut the volume a bit. She also boosted the left ear high end because that 's not so good as the right ear.
She said she couldn’t do REM testing because they had been getting a high number of errors. Apparently some Australian group has been doing research in this area. The hospital hopes to get a new machine before long, then I’ll be tested.
She also told me how to clean them which the previous audi hadn’t done and gave me spare tips of both kinds.
She confirmed Xbulder’s idea of the epoq too. I will have to think about this.
In all I feel better after yesterday’s consultation than I did after the first, both mechanically and personally. I went in feeling frustrated and irritated and came out feeling happier. I have also requested that next time I go back I see this audi again. She was happy with that, despite the fact that I must seem an awkward bloke at times…
Now comes the interesting bit. I will be out of the UK until the end of May in Miami, so I can’t have any follow up testing until I return. So what I’ve got at the moment is what I must use. The next several months will be time of experiment and adjustment.
Thank you for all your help. John