Good Day everyone.
I’ve worn Phonak Audeo 70s since 2019. My audiogram is posted.
I struggle to hear the clerk at the grocery store checkout, the clerk at a convenience store counter, restaurant food counter, conversations in a restaurant,
What has helped in restaurants is adding a Phonak Select iN to my HAs.
After reading this users post on the Phonak Lumity, I have zero hope that new HAs will perform heads and shoulders over what I am currently wearing. ===> Two Months With Lumity 90 after 3 Years With Marvel 90
I follow Dr. Cliff Olson, whose practice is in Phoenix, on social media. He is a strong backer for the Real Ear Method of HA programming. His YouTube videos provide some excellent information. He’s even developed a list of providers who follow “best practices”. I don’t know what you have to do to be on his list. ===> https://hearingup.com/providers
I submitted to a Real Ear programming in 2021. The results were worse than with Phonak Autosense OS. Voices were extremely tinny, I couldn’t hold a conversation aboard a boat while fishing, situations where I needed to talk to someone over a counter were worse. At the time I had my HAs programmed using Real Ear, I did not own the Phonak Select iN microphone. So I ended up having my HAs sent back to Phonak to have the OS restored.
Last year I visited the offices of 8 different audiologists just to see what was on the market plus get their opinion of what device was right for me based on my audiogram. Of the 8 offices visited, only 1 office endorsed The Real Ear Method of programming. It also seems like every audiologist has his/her own opinion on programming HAs. A bit of the Old Wild, Wild West? Is the software and instrumentation to program HAs using Real Ear standard or are there variations?
Has anyone had their Phonaks programmed via The Real Ear method and found it to be amazing?