Well it’s been over 6 years since I got my first HA’s… in short it was not a good experience.
I should have come back to this Forum for better advice compared to what I got from my audiologist then…My Bad !
I’m sorry I don’t have my hearing test results to post my audiologist wouldn’t give me a copy.
I tried for over 3 years to adjust to my Phonak Audeo V with return trips to have them adjusted with no satisfaction.
My audiologist repeatedly shrugged it off telling me I’m not being patient and to accept that this is what you get…nothing he could do.
Of course my complaint was the common ones regarding the ‘tin-can’ sound and the overbearing ambient background sounds.
I finally gave up and stopped using my HA’s.
The audiologist phoned annually leaving messages to make an appointment for hearing test.
I decided to return and be retested, 6 years after being fitted, and to see what advanced technology in HA’s has taken place.
I got fitted with Phonak Audeo B-70 and sent home for the trial period. It was Not what I expected ! The ‘crackle and canny’ sound was so unnatural it became very disappointing, however, I prevailed and continued with the trial. At the first week follow up appointment I expressed my concerns but the audiologist told me there were ‘no adjustments’ he could make except turn down the volume. Duh… I could do that !
Still I gave it another go and kept using my HA’s for the greater parts of the day up until the 37th day I had had enough and made an appointment to return my HA’s.
I explained to my audiologist that my brother, who is 6yrs old than me had the same Phonak Audeo V and had much the same first experience as me regarding sound quality, he just got fitted with Signia Cellion Primax HA’s and after a follow up he complained to his audiologist about ‘tin-can’ sound with the new HA’s, the audiologist eagerly made an adjustment and removed the ‘tin-can’ sound plus audiologist asked what about wind noise… she fixed that for him as well, now he can cruise in his classic car with the windows down.
Back to my problem, my audiologist explained to me that I should expect disappointment should I get Signia Cellion Primax HA’s…noted that he does not carry Signia line HA’s, but offered to get them in for me if I wanted.
I asked… "if you bring them in for me – will you adjust them for me to "my liking? “… his reply was slow coming and finally said ‘s u r e’… I told him that he was not very reassuring and at that point he suggested… " maybe we should part ways” .
In short… I left the bag of Phonak Audeo B-70 on his desk.
I have an appointment to be retested in 4 days at a New audiologist and I plan on ordering Signia Cellion Primax HA’s to try.
Want to know my first question>>> " will you adjust my Signia Cellion Primax HA’s so I am comfortable to my liking"?
I will post my results and hope to keep it in a shorter story format.
I look forward to any feedback