Upgraded from ReSound LiNX to ReSound LiNX Quattro’s, and I am very impressed with the upgrade thus far. I chose the user changeable battery instead of the rechargeables (reason being that residency will demand I pull 30+ hours at times without rest – but that’s a conversation for another time! ) The Quattro’s ability to cut through noise has been incredibly significant, especially when considering my degree of hearing loss (severe-profound). I have put it in the toughest environments – terribly loud bars, packed restaurants, hospital wards with beeps coming from everywhere and doctors speaking quietly as we round (along with many side conversations going on), and the most challenging of all - the operating room. So far, my ability to hear in these environments has been markedly improved. Not perfect, but we are getting closer – more adjustments to come.
For the operating room, I have a multi-mic with a Roger X receiver plugged into it, and then 4 Roger pens. I have a Resound remote control hanging around my neck so that I can press through my surgical gown and adjust my aids/multi mic as needed (can’t see the screen obviously but there’s only so many buttons that it’s easy to learn how to navigate). I am VERY impressed by this system so far. I put the pens on the residents/attendings before we scrub in; I hear some ruffling of the gown on the pen but it’s not that significant. The pens ability to distinguish who is speaking, particularly when speaking softly (obviously happens when people start really focusing – which I hope is happening in the OR ). Not only do the pens know who is speaking, but they switch very quickly. I am very impressed! I’ve only been in the OR a short bit since getting them yesterday, so I plan to really put them to the test.
As a side kick, the streaming functions with my iPhone XS is sort of night and day. The reliability in establishing a connection is far greater. It is much quicker to connect and doesn’t drop.
My only complaint is that those who are speaking softly - in of all places - QUIET environments is actually hard for me to hear. That’s usually when I say “What?”. My audiologist put some adjustments for this yesterday, so fingers crossed this improves.
Despite this, ReSound did something right with these updates because these things are slicing through challenging environments like a hot knife through butter. I am hopeful I can figure out the soft speech in quiet environments bit.