So I got another adjustment yesterday. Thank goodness!! However we’re starting from zero again. Maybe I should lay out the troubles I experienced and then what we did to ‘fix’ it.
While browsing on my phone, reading forums, new sites, etc. I would have, what appeared to be random, periods of time where the aids would mute all sound, nothing of sound around me, nothing from my phone. Digging around, I found in the remote app that the aids/phone were switching me to bluetooth streaming, even though there was no media streaming.
- I have disabled the BT audio connection from my phone to the hearing aids, so far, so
My wife and I were unable to watch programs simultaneously in the same room. The other night, we were both in the living room, I watching a movie on TV, she watching a program on her iPad. During the quieter sections of the film, music, no dialogue, the hearing aids focused only on her program and blocked the movie out. When dialogue resumed on the movie, I missed what was being said.
- Haven’t yet tried this again since the adjustment. Definitely something I want to check however.
Feedback!!! I put my hands anywhere near the aids and they would shriek. Power off and power on while still in my ears, they would shriek. Very inconsiderate of them and very noisy also.
- Changed from M to P receiver. Suspected that M was reaching it’s max capable output on high frequency and causing the trouble. Trying with the P, so far feedback has not been an issue.
Grocery shopping at Costco on Thursday, I took out my Marvels as I could hear nothing but the HVAC/fans. My wife talking to (at would be more like) me, by no fault of her own, I could not hear at all. We were 3 feet apart, facing each other, no one else immediately near by, no sample products playing media, should have been no trouble. I ended up taking the Marvels out and putting them in her sunglasses case and we proceeded to be able to have a conversation.
Plastic bags, my worst enemy! Peeling the plastic apart or even opening a ZipLock was unbelievably noisy! However, on the flip of that, when filling a plastic bag with air, you know a brisk arm movement and make it pop, this was extremely quiet.
- The last 2 were attributed to tuning, even though we had used REM to bring everything to the appropriate target, at the office, that’s what they figured it was. With the new receivers in place, we went through REM again, having started with everything at the default from the Target software. REM has only been done now for the ‘calm situation’ of AutoSense and not the other 2. I do have another follow up next week to check in and see how the adjustments have gone.
The first and biggest observation is with music. It’s anemic now… Having the house to myself last night, I put on a classical album and then an Iron Maiden album just to have a good listen on the stereo. Well… there was no bass at all. Again attributable to the tuning. During the visit, REM was calling for more low frequency to be added, however, I was told that this would likely inhibit my ability to hear and was likely the culprit for the above mentioned Costco visit. This was dialed back from the REM target quite a way and now listening to music or the world, there’s no low end richness. Streaming audio from the phone, there’s now a bass guitar on Wasted Years! So certainly something that will need to be addressed this coming week. But then again, if that is what will allow for clear voices with these aids, then I guess so be it for the month of trial.
At this point in time, even with the feedback manager issues of the Oticon, they are definitely my number contender at this time. I’d like to try out the ReSound option as well, I believe they carry the Quattro and Linx2 3D. Next month, see how they stack up to both the Marvel and the OPN S. Also have my name on the list for the KS9 when they come out here in Canada, so we’ll see when that is and how the service is with Costco and being able to get follow up appointments and such.