The way this test is conducted depends on the goal of the audiologist. If the carefully spoken words are amplified to some reasonably high level (mine was performed at 75dB), then the test determines the brain’s ability to parse/understand words, and is not a signal strength test. This brain function can degrade due to signal strength problems, but can never be reclaimed with amplification. If the carefully spoken words are set to some lower level, then the test outcome is to help determine your signal-strength related need for hearing aids. your audiogram should list the amplification level at which the speech recognition test was performed.
The aids do help so if Costco doesn’t like the numbers, that’s unfortunate but probably part of their business model. Advice I received was to use a control to try to zero in on better program settings between appointments. The Resound Smart app on google play shows that it works with the LINX series devices. The tinnitus manager for the LINX2 (if enabled) and the Sound Enhancer for the LINX2 9.
agreed on the business model and the instructions given to the hearing specialist, although there will be a great deal of art/skill/interest on their part as well. The real doctors of audiology (audi’s or audiologists) have very deep skills comparatively, and can take a more engineering approach to one’s hearing problem. My audiologist has indicated to me that the nature of my hearing loss requires a bit more attention to detail and perhaps more iterations to get it right. Apparently, my local Costco is just not interested in that sort of engagement - -which makes sense actually. no offense to Costco; they are a high volume quick solution type of merchant and benefit a great number of people. They’re just not for me.
Dialing in the aids requires professional skill, deep levels of training/experience, interest, and of course, time. I’m afraid of cookie-cutter approaches. Telling the customer to make adjustments as a way of influencing the next adjustment is a great idea, because that is valuable information, but it is only one of the many factors that the audiologist should consider before making another adjustment.
As luck would have it. I just bought a LG G4 (lollypop 5.1) just before going to the audiologist so I’m in the same boat as you are as only the Samsung GS5 is compatible for android.
yea and still the level of control you get with the iphone will be superior, mostly because the low-power BT connection is Apple proprietary, not to mention the fact that android is very new to the party. I’m actually considering a move to the dark side, as I’m a long time Android user. The Apple ecosystem is just odd to me, although I acknowledge that it works for at least 50% of the smart phone population!
Bluetooth implementation continues to be somewhat buggy for a range of products today so how well this works with LINX and how useful it is is unlikely to be as amazing as claimed in the brochure.
from what I am reading here, problems are minimized with use of the iPhone and when problems with the HAs themselves are resolved (with firmware updates and/or replacement). I haven’t tried any of this stuff yet, but my reading suggests a much less frustrating experience with iOS. I’ll be controlling my aids via iPad at first, while I wait for my 2-year smartphone contract renewal, at which time I can switch to an iPhone 6S plus.
According to “The hearing Blog” as of March of this year:
“there is little audiologically that differentiates the new LiNX² from the Costco LiNX; and furthermore very few premium 9 series aids are sold anyway: Patients will be able to buy a better performing LiNX/First “8” at Costco for less than a LiNX² 7 anywhere.”
It would be very interesting to learn how your experience goes with the much touted features on the LINX2 9s. Unfortunately, I wasn’t given the option and I’m afraid my audiologist doesn’t appear as knowledgeable about aids as she comes off despite charging top dollar so I may be looking elsewhere.
I would stay clear of any dispenser who is not a doctor of audiology or who at least works under one as an assistant. The differences between the Linx2 and Costco aids is basically that Costco will be one technology cycle behind, however small or great that gap is. Today, the difference more around iphone control. In the Lynx2 OE from Resound, there are some user controls such as speech focus, independent L and R volume control including OFF and ON, wind noise control, ambient noise control, independent L and R treble and bass, and the ability to store custom settings as a new program. So from a pure audiology standpoint the statement is accurate. from a user control and practicality standpoint there are significant improvements. How important and effective those improvements are is a matter of personal testing of course, which I am about to find out for myself .