Hi everyone, I’m new here. I’m 23 and I have been wearing hearing aids since I was 3 years old. I have a profound hearing loss and I just got Phonak Exelia after 5 miserable years with Resound.
I’m hoping that someone can help me w/ my frustrations.
I picked them up on Monday and immediently noticed that I was able to understand speech better. I could hear things I’ve never heard before (the heat on in my car makes a sound, who would have thought), it was overwhelming to say the least.
After I picked them up, I had my boyfriend take me to a cafe that was loud. Immediently I started having issues with being able to hear him. When I get in a noisy situation, like a car or cafe, it sounds like my ears are plugged up. The car especially drives me nuts because the sound goes up and down depending on if I’m at a red light or not. I have to constantly change the radio volume from 3 to 8! The left ear also seemed to be too loud because things like turning on the water gave me a horrible static sound.
I went in and had the hearing aids adjusted on Tuesday, my audi turned the noise reduction down but its still a pain in the butt! And now, I’m not sure what happened, but speech sounds muffled even in quiet situations. I went from having great speech comprehension to not good at all - though this seems to only apply to real life situations becuase I have been able to watch the TV without captions now.
I guess I’m just looking for suggestions on what kind of things I can fine-tune. My audi works with Phonak a lot and has no problem calling them when shes unsure of how to do something. I’m just wondering if anyone has had success fine-tuning by doing something specific that I can suggest to her?