Good day fellow hearing aid wearers,
I was fitted with a demo Phonak Audeo Q90 2 days ago. My earlier hearing aids are a Seimens Pure 500 fitted May 2009 with most of the features turned down or off due to the effect they had on overall sound (effectively like a music program). In fitting the Phonak Audeo Q90 my audiologist (who has been excellent so far) has turned down these most of these advanced features to minimum (but not entirely off). I have the Sound Recover turned off as my higher frequency loss is at/above 75 dB threshold (my audiogram is flatish - Left ear severe between 70 to 90 dB loss, Right ear moderately severe 60 to 85 dB loss). My audiologist agreed that given my word recognition was near normal I may not need the high end features in the hearing aids.
My experience with the Audeo Q90 is that listening to music overall is generally quite pleasant with more bass than my current aids. However some of the sustained vocals and even the voices on the radio have a slight distorted reverb sound effect. Additionally I found the sudden switch to different sound management systems in the middle of watching a movie or listening to the radio annoying. I can definitely appreciate the benefit of what Audeo Q90 does in difficult listening situations in a noisy restaurant. However these other aspects are somewhat bothersome. My old hearing aids sound sharper, more open and less distorted by comparison.
Has anyone had similar experiences? Is this a Phonak sound issue or need for further fine tuning? Any ideas as to what is causing the reverb distortion effect?
I am considering trying the Bernafon Acriva 7 or 9 given the open channel type technology and hopefully less sound distortion. Is anyone aware of any reliability issues with bernafon acriva?
Any responses and suggestions would be most appreciated.