Hi – I’ve got a profound loss (90 db) and have been wearing ha’s for about 32 years (since I was 3 - some of us remember the “bra” days when kids wore their aids on their chest with wires going to molds in the ears!) So…one pair every 5 years, that’s about 6 pairs of ha’s I’ve gone through.
My current pair has been very frustrating. I’ve been trying Naida’s for the past month and about to give up on them…Some observations…
no off button and 9-second “boot time”. And no way to turn off the boot lag. ARGH!
high frequencies are too amplified, to the point that it makes me wince when I’m emptying the dishwasher or my 7-year old son is hollering. I’ve been wearing ha’s for 30 years and never winced from sounds before…I did tell my audio to turn the highs way down but they’re still too much.
difficult to hear in vehicles due to the road noise being over-amplified (again, probably high-frequency).
telecoil has too much electrical interference (I don’t care what my audio says about it being “rare” in these, it’s BAD. I just had Phonak Supero’s for 5 years and they were just fine, minimal background interference, but THESE…) I have computer monitors and some overhead electrical buzz at work, and with the Superos, I was fine anywhere in my cubicle without too much buzzing, but I find myself now leaning WAY back in my chair to get away from the monitors and ceiling, and still have a problem understanding on the phone.
5)although the Icom is fun, it’s annoying on how it cuts the mic off just to let you know the bluetoothed cell phone is ringing, and when there’s a pause between MP3 tracks, it’ll switch back to mic, and then 2 seconds later when the track starts, it’ll beep back into streaming mode
Once in a while, if someone nearby is taking photos with a digital camera, it’ll make a small “pop” noise in the aids (think of the sound the old flash bulbs made)
I do say the Naida’s are powerful enough - probably the first hearing aid I’ve ever worn that actually started out being 3 or 4 levels too loud.
8)The FM mode doesn’t sound right…doesn’t sound the same as the mic or telecoil modes
9)I do notice I hear “sh” sounds better, but crowd environments (think “family get-together”) are pretty much impossible to hear what anyone’s saying…I’d be better turning the Naida’s off and just going for lipreading.
And NO, I don’t want a separate program for each environment (which is what my audio was trying to suggest!) With the Supero’s, I had a mic, telecoil, background suppresion (great for listening to the radio in the car when no one else was around), mic+telecoil…and I was just fine.
The most annoyance I had with the Superos is that if I was whistling a tune, the feedback program would kick in and the whistling would sound a little off, but that was a very minor issue…
Why can’t I just get another set like the Superos??? I don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles…
I’ve been using ha’s for 30 years and never had a model before that required tuning up. Put it on pretty much “out of the box” and match to the audiogram, check the volume level, and away you go…NOT so with the Naida’s. I think I’ve had about 5 visits already.
Anyone have an idea for a HA that doesn’t require 5 trips to get “tuned up”, is digital so that it’s stingy on battery power, great telecoil, sounds like what I’ve used for 30 years, and has enough power for a profound user (90db)?
I’ve got an appointment with my audio on Wednesday, and right now am feeling like I’m going to request they find me another model to try since I can’t live like this for the next 5 years. Wincing when my son is excited is probably the worst…