Well I hope these are my last aids before a CI. I really can’t get any more power (from what I have seen). Good news is so far they are working great.
My loss: Severe-to-profound progressive, mostly ski-slope
750 - 80 to 90db
500-65 to 75 db
Speech discrimination, unaided: 36 percent right, 52 percent left.
Previous aids: Phonak Sonoforte P3 with remote for noise reduction.
Positives: First, the Eleva 411s with Smartlink FM and one plug-in ML9s FM receiver are working outstanding for speech discrimination in general and for discrimination in noise. Last night walked with a friend down a noisy street and discrimination rose to about 80-90 percent even with traffic noise. Took the SmartLink FM to a fairly noisy bar–laid the SmartLink down on a table and played with a few settings and turned my head and walked away; heard about 60 percent of what he was reading from a book. When facing him and closer, picked up nearly all of the conversation. Next I will be trying these out with a hidden lapel mic connected to the Smartlink FM in a very noisy music venue and will post results.
Negatives: The plug-in FM on the Eleva makes for a bulky aid. Telecoil works for cellphone though all the calls are kind of staticy. I think I am picking up the true quality of cell calls maybe
Questions: Can anyone advise if I might be a tad better off with a MicroPower IX?
The Eleva has about 10db more gain versus the MicroPower and these are supposed to be my last aids I buy.
I would have to use a MyLink FM receiver w/ MicroPower. MyLink goes to both aids through telecoil.About $500 cheaper…though not sure what the tradeoff or bonus is with discrimination?
My concern is that the FM boot aid is not great for using in more active situations (salsa class, running). Plus it’s not very discreet.
My only other option for active use is to get some kind of power-CIC, such as Nitro, on the cheap–and get better at lip reading.