@Volusiano & @TheGoatLord: One evening this spring, shortly after getting my More1s, my wife had just come in from the yard and asked me if I could hear the peepers. At that time, I was running VAC+ as my default program, and NAL-NL2 to give me a “sharper” sound. I couldn’t hear the peepers with my default program set at its default gain setting, but I could if I set the slider to +4. This setting worked over 360°.
When I turned on MoreSoundBooster in VAC+ and scanned the hedgerow like Jodi Johnston on StarTrak, I could zero in on the peepers without having to increase the volume, although they weren’t quite as loud as when volume was cranked to +4 in omnidirectional mode.
(NAL-NL2 gave me slightly better sensitivity: I could hear the peepers in 360° mode with a volume increase of +2, and if I activated MoreSoundBooster, I didn’t need to increase the volume slider at all.)
I find that NAL-NL2 is similar, in a way, to Speech in Noise: it is very effective, but tiring, because it is shrill. This “sharpness” has a value for me, because when I’m home alone I’m with the critters, I can hear a pin drop and can detect “critter noises” with no problem when I use this program. I eventually swapped out NAL-NS2 for DSL v5.0, just as an experiment, but neither of these fitting rationales gave me enough advantage over VAC+ to keep them.
Sooo … I eventually swapped out DSLv5.0 for Speech in Noise, which I find to be extremely effective and useful, albeit tiring due to its sharp/shrill sound. It’s definitely earned a permanent place in my program menu.
Let’s comment on the other programs: T-coil is very useful when I need 100% focus on a phone call. It’s a keeper, as far as I’m concerned. EduMic and ConnectClip each have their own dedicated channels (for some reason unknown to me) and, finally, MyMusic wastes a program slot with its “BoomBox” emulation.
They’re all useful to me, (with the exception of MyMusic) and have earned their keep, even though my default VAC+ program handles 80% of my situations.
Just as a final wrap up - yes, MoreSoundBooster delivers a highly directional, beam forming option to the Genuine Oticon OpenSound®️Concept User, and provides a useful alternative to OpenSound®️ in extremely demanding situations.