I have worn HAs for nearly 20 years. I live in Arizona, am close to 72 years old and have a EET, 5 technical patents and currently work full-time in aerospace engineering at a large OEM of Space Hardware. My work requires a better level of voice recognition, and i once again feel my hearing compromises my productivity.
I currently wear expensive BTE RIC Oticons that are three+ years old but seem a bit dated and don’t offer Bluetooth features. Worse I am often in a noisy environment with motors and cooling fans running in the background and the noise filtering reduces voice clarity. TV watching with my wife sometimes becomes a battle of the remote control.
There is no doubt i am a critical wearer. I find the corrective programming process to be very tiring and time-consuming. I recently returned a pair of Bernafon to Costco because the programming and DSP performance wasn’t accurate and their devices had only MONAURAL Bluetooth.
I have worked with DSPs and the associated software so I have a pretty good understanding of the technology and have some software experience, too. I also have test equipment in my home lab that facilitates aural testing including audio level metering and calibration. I can also use - with headphones - the on-line test utilities to correlate my loss profile.
My problem is that, like others here, I’ve had too many disappointing experiences trying to get new HA’s electrically programmed to support my hearing loss. The residual noise artifacts, feedback control and multi-program set-ups have required me to make multiple inconvenient appointments that often haven’t yielded satisfactory results. My loss in both ears is typical ski-slope deficient with 5 KHz being down >60 db. At 200 to 500 Hz, Loss is about 10 dB or so, left ear being a little worse.
I’d fancy a pair of BTE RIC Seimens models 701, or maybe 501, or equivalent that provides selectable & good noise cancellation, Bluetooth connectivity with Stereo or bin-aural media playback. I like their features for batteries, pod programming, and manufacturers reputation. I also wish to purchase a USB programming kit, with HA cable and Windows software, that will permit me to make programming adjustments with out an audiologist trying to interpret my experience. HELP?
Bill in Phoenix.