Hello all, I’ve been reading in this forum as a unregistered lurker for a short while and wanted to say hello now that I have my KS9’s. This is only my first week using them and I am still trying to get used to how things sound.
Sorry for long post but here goes:
I’ve had bad tinnitus for 30 years. I played rock drums with no ear protection for a decade, went to loud concerts, had a loud car stereo for a while and then a short stint in the military that didnt help things at all. Its a constant loud ringing. I have had hearing tests done in the past and the loss has always been there but finally decided to do something about it now that I am almost 50 and my wife has been bugging me forever! Its harder and harder to hear her or my 3 kids so finally got my first pair of HA - the KS9.
My hearing test is in my profile, not sure if I link it or something if anyone is curious. This is my first post here!
Picked the KS9 due to costs and overall decent reviews I have read. I hate the app but it works. Streaming seems OK for phone calls on my iPhone 11. It breaks up a little if my phone is in my front pants pocket. I did not want to go overboard with costs and trying things out until I decided if they would really help. The 180 day return policy certainly helped push me over to purchase. Honestly I dont have a budget, if something would be a Lot better please suggest.
Pros - Well I can hear things I have not heard in probably 30 years. TV is clearer, wife and kids are clearer. That was the main goal. They are also comfortable. I have open domes with those plastic whisker sport clips I guess that tuck into the bowl of my ear so they dont move. After a short while of putting them on I barely notice them most days and if I do its a quick readjustment and then nothing felt again.
Cons - Some sounds are really irritating. Plastic bags being a huge one. My hair likes to brush on the mic ports which bugs me. Wearing my sunglasses or reading glasses REALLY bug me. Constant noise from sitting on the mic port. Not sure how to get around that yet but its very irritating.
One other issue - the tech only left things on “auto” for programs. I am not sure I like that and want to know if this is normal. I can actually hear the aid switching like when listening to music or even just sitting in a quiet setting a while. I listen to music a lot at my work desk and car and I can hear the sound signature change on the fly. Then a quite bit between songs or during the song and it changes again only to switch back. If I am sitting in my quiet office with no sounds at all it feels like the gain goes up on its own. I can hear a slight hiss and when a sound does come up or music it is super loud! If I am in an environment with constant noise then they seem to work the best honestly. I dont notice the changes.
I am supposed to go back in a couple weeks for a refit and make sure everything is working OK. I plan on addressing all the cons above but was hoping for some feedback. Is all this normal? Can something be done to help with those cons? Anything I should be asking for or pushing for? Would another model be better? Prefer Costco due to costs and return policy but I am open elsewhere. I went to my ENT for the hearing test (Costco also did one that was nearly identical). The ENT costs for the aids were insane. Then I went to TruHearing (we have BCBS insurance and sent us there) and did not like my appointment or the doctor. Costs were better than the ENT but again, I did not like them. Then went to Costco. I almost ordered the Resounds but the tech told me to try the KS9 and if I didnt like them in 5 months bring them back and get the Resounds then. It would be cheaper to try and many like the unit.
Thanks in advance for help or info.