Figured I’d start documenting my experience with the new Philips Hearlink 9030 minirite T R. These came out recently at Costco and cost me $1800+$259 for the AudioClip. I purchased these yesterday so my experience is very limited with them and I’ve not been out in any challenging environments yet. Please excuse me for the randomness, but I’d like to document the experiences I’ve had so far. I work from home and am on many conference calls and essentially streaming audio about 4-5 hours per day. I have a noisy house with kids and dogs. I have a low frequency loss and have worn Oticon Opn 1 for the past 5 years.
The Philips sound very familiar to me and in the general program, I’m hearing pretty much everything I’d expect to hear with my OPNs. The Philips have been terrific for streaming and the app albeit simplistic provides some much needed tuning while streaming (can adjust low/mid/high up to 6 dB or down 12 dB. I have my highs up 6 dB and am hearing great on calls.) Music sounds good as well to me, but consider that I don’t hear bass well.
I went to a local store earlier for a quick package delivery. I turned on the noise program which was set noticeably more aggressive than the OPN. I really heard well and had no issues talking to the masked clerk while other customers next to me had their own conversations with other clerks.
At almost 6pm after 11 hours of use, batteries are at 53%.
I DIY so I connected the Hearlink to my computer yesterday just to check out the software using my Noahlink Wireless and the Hearsuite software. I am not making any changes for now until I determine how I feel after my two week follow up appt at Costco.
The AudioClip is essentially the same thing as the a Oticon ConnectClip. I need this clip in order to connect my aids to the my work laptop via Bluetooth for calls. The connections was flawless as was the ConnectClip I had before. Also of note, the domes and wax guards seems to be the same I used for OPN.
The Philips Hearlink app has the same IFTT functionality that the Oticon app had. Really nothing I find useful although getting an alert to take your meds in your aids each day might benefit some.
The AI noise reduction and speech enhancer functions of the aids are very appealing to me and I plan to try them out in the wild sooner than later. Last thing I’ll mention is that I initially thought I’d not like rechargeable feature , but honestly I am liking it so far.