This afternoon I´ve gone to the audiologist to put a pair of Phonak Audeo S Smart IX. Well, initially the audiologist has had problems installing the software, but she called Phonak to help her (she did not know that software set up had to be done on both, her computer and the iCube too). Then when she got it done and ready to start to configure my hearing aids, and she has seen all options available on her screen, she said wuauuuuuuuuuuu! It has a lot of options … this is of course, bucause it was the first time she saw this program “Target”. I think she has set my hearing aids the most basic and simple way as possible. I have taken them until tomorrow, so I have 24 hours, until tomorrow noon, to decide if I take them or not (I have not paid anything yet).
When initially she tested them, I disliked them a lot, because they were so much loud…voices, backround and everything was initially very high and my voice was totally robotic. After lowering the volume and some other small changes (I think she has done nothing more), it was a little better, but still very weird sounds (which I understand may be almost normal at first). However, this is not the worst. I said that even in her office, the background noise was very loud, and she said that it was normal at first, but as the program was in automatic, it would change depending the kind of environment. It is supossed that in quiet environments the program slightly increases background noise, but in a noisy environment the program reduces background noise automatically.
THE TRUTH is that in quiet background the noise is high, and cover voices in most of times, but for example in the car, supermarket or in the street it is totally unbearable, and certainly I much better understand speech without the devices.
There are two annoying kind of sounds:
The background sounds, and the own backround produced by the hearing aids themselves (like when the TV is “gone” and show “snow” on the screen, well, the noise they make is similar, and it is all the time). I have a shympony in my ears all the time, horrible.
I guess this is not fault of the hearing aids, but the programming or lack thereof.
If someone has some advise to give me, so I can tell something to my audi tomorrow…it will be welcomed. Please help…they are unbearable…
PS: I had already tried other Phonaks for a few days (couple year ago), and while I listened to my voice a little metallic, the others voices a bit weird, and sounds and noises of the street, etc … a little annoying, the truth is that nothing like this. I’ve been wearing them just for a couple of hours and I already got a headache…!!!
This is my audiogram
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L…15 15 30 55 70 65 60
R …15 25 50 60 90 105 110