Currently trying to get proper aids for my typical sloping high frequency loss.
I tried a pair of Phonak titanium IIC. 2 issues. first, they fit more like a CIC. Per my Audi and friend they were quite visible. Secondly absolutely unbearable occlusion effect. Could not tolerate my voice and eating crunchy foods sounded like an earthquake.
Anyway my audi sent back the titaniums to see if they could enlarge the vents a bit to offset the occlusion. In the interim I have heard that the new Starkey Picasso is smaller than the Phonak devices and “should” be true IIC devices. In addition as I understand it due to the size they will sit in the bony rather than cartilaginous part of the canal and for the most part eliminate the occlusion effect.
Anybody have experience with the Picasso or earlier model (soundlens).
Now finally I must mention that I am currently trying the Eargo Neo HIFi. These are non prescriptive “hearing aids” and not simple amplification devices.
They cost about $1,500 less than prescriptive IIC devices. I have been wearing them for a week and to date very happy. Whill you cannot do REM and attenuate or amplify certain frequencies to match your particular lossImust say they are extremely comfortable and fit like true IIC (only the removal thread is visible and the end of thread sits right at the intertragal notch. There is NO occlusion effect as they are suspended in the canal by flexible silicone “fingers”.
They are rechargable which to me is a real plus and by simply double tapping my ear the pressure created allows me to choose one of 4 volume settings. Lastly there is an app that allows for altering treble and bass as well as some other features.
If the Phonak gives me occlusion at my next visit ( this coming week) I am going to ask my audi about the Starkey Picasso IIC devices.
In the end if the Phonak and Starkey don’t work for me I will keep the Eargos as they really seem great with the exception of no real ear measurement adjustments. I absolutely have improved auditory acuity. i can now hear birds and the waterfall in my pond ( not possible with no devices)
Any experience with the Picasso as far as occlusion is appreciated.
Also any opinions as to why the Phonak fit like CIC and NOT IIC as my audi did send in impressions and she tells me my canals are average size not small.
Appreciate any opinions or experiences.