I just picked up a SILK today for a 2-week trial. I currently wear an outdated analog CIC aid. So this is a giant leap indeed.
- First, it is super-comfortable. Like, I’m stunned how much more comfortable it is than my current CIC aid. I love it so much, I am almost ready to switch even if the sound isn’t perfect.
- the digital sound is tough getting used to compared to my analogs. But it is pretty good so far. Way better than various digitals I tried 10 years ago.
- I put on the HD-Music program, and listened to some music on headphones. It was beautiful. Nice, clean, clear sound. Really impressed.
- Unfortunately, I’m having a feedback issue. Hard to describe, but I’ll try.
- Feedback cancellation is on, which is causing weird muted-ping sound rather than the usual squeal.
- It’s fairly constant, and more prevalant with certain background noises.
- I’m already on a closed-vent sleeve, the open-sleeve was worse
- increasing gain makes it worse, decreasing gain makes it better, but can’t seem to stop it completely.
- when I’m in a quiet room, and a small sound happens, a short feedback blip will happen. It’s annoying.
- fiddling it around in my ear sometimes helps a little, but not much.
Going to have to go back for more adjustments, hoping to solve. If we can’t solve this feedback issue, it will be a show-stopper, which breaks my heart. It’s possible my amplification needs might be too great for this physical design and I’ll need to try a RIC instead.
Lastly, I am wearing a demo/loaner/trial unit, and I found it interesting that the fitter used Connexx Eight software to tell the connected aid which performance level to do. I am currently set for 3px. Apparently the aid is capable of being a 7px device, but it is being intentionally crippled by the software to be 3px. Is that the case for all primax aids that are sold? Or only for the demo units? I’m really curious if anyone know the answer to that…
I’ll post more review notes at a later date…