I have just introduced myself and raised a few generic questions here: -
My audiologist has recommended the above aids for my hearing loss, which he describes as Complex sensorineural hearing loss. Basically I am unable to distinguish higher frequency sounds, speech etc. The figures in my signature are the results of my hearing assessment last Thursday and show a quite dramtic tail-off from 1 -2k.
Never having any experience my research has brought me to the same conclusion as my audiologist that these aids are probably the best I could obtain but have a few questions please: -
- I understand they can be programmed in specific ways for particular environments but would need a ComPilotII to do this properly and easily and via my android S7 Edge. Is this correct? How does the audiologist set them up initially and without the ComPilotII, is there no other means to program them, other than seeing the audiologist? In the area where I live in the UK audiologists are hard to come by and don't work Saturdays. I am purchasing through Boots the Chemist (through their hearing Francise).
- I take showers frequently and understand the life of the aids is dramtically reduced if they get wet. My concern isn't that I must take them out pre-shower but post-shower. I hate the concept of ear plugs (I have been assured I can actually live with the aids as the piece that goes into the ear is perforated) but drying my ears after a shower is particularly difficult for me. May I ask what experienced aid users do and what their experiences are please?
- As an Audiophile and Techy are these aids going to transform my life? A bold question, I know. I was overwhelmed with the results of the Hearing assessment when I heard pieces of music through some aids he fitted but am concerned about the kick-backs after 6k - see earlier thread above. Really am confused about upper frequencies and how my ears will percieve music with the aids, relative to without. I mean am I going to hear music at "MP3 quality" or "lossless quality" - I know too well what volume, equalisers and tone controls do - do these aids tinker with the quality of music, which may detract from the overall quality, just so I can hear better - just how do these small gadgets work?
There may be other questions but these will do for the time being - I really need to make a decision on these aids in the next couple of days. Cost - £3200 + CompilotII (or Air version if I can be convinced there will be no cut-offs).
Thank you in anticipation of your help and advice to an absolute novice, you responses will be invaluble to me.