Being new to this forum I feel the need to introduce myself prior to raising a question.
So fasten your seatbelts, here I go:
My name is Eric. Iam a 49 yr old male,living in the Netherlands.
I am wearing hearing aids sinds I was a boy of 5,so yes, by now 44 years of experience. Started with these fridges behind your ear, but thank heaven, things got smaller since then.
I had a rough time stepping over to digital devices, for reasons I will come with in my question.
At this very moment I use Phona Dalia MicroP devices. Well, I use one, the other one is leaving me down. My losses are between 35 and 60% dependent on which frequency you look at . Also I have pretty small ear tunnels, so not everything fits in (goodbye In ear devices)
Furthermore: married, 4 kids, working as IT tech (devops engineer), love playing the guitar (yes, in spite of my hearing loss even on stage), riding motorcycle with my wife and someother things most of you will like as well.
My hearing cisrcumstances vary. I use phone and video a lot because covid-19 (haven’t been in the office sinds march 23), I attend church(where I also play that guitar), I ride the motorcycle( I would love to be able to use a communication device will on my way)and I train Taekwondo, which is in a sporting hall with the well-known echoic acoustics over there.
So, instead of trying to have a 5yr old MicroSP repaired I think I will opt for new devices.
My problem with digital devices is this… I really, REALLY can’t stand hearing aids that do audible adjustments. I mean,like, muting frequencies so only the voice stands out. You know, like, you hear the voice, but all other sounds sound like coming through a bale of cotton wool.
Tried that, but it made me crazy. Also I cannot stand clipping and audible ends of compression. All digital hearing aids I tried until 5 yrs ago failed my tests, so I had them set up lineairily (no clipping, little compression as possible, no automatic adjustments)
So If I get digital devices that makes it own decisions on adjusting sound, It should do so in a way I nearly do not notice.
Now onto my question. For replacement I am looking to the Phonak Paradise series. The P90 has several autosense functions. I can imagine a function like windblock, to muten a lot frequencies of course. That is no problem. But,suppose I am listening to music, or being on a conference or something, I don’t want the device to constantly audible adjustments whenever a human voice is detected. Also, When owrking or talking in a group of people, you dó want to hear the one who speaks, but you do not want EVERYTHING to disappear in the background. I hope you understand what I mean.
Does anyone can share his or her experience on this part?