If it were me fitting you, my inclination would be to start with two programs/memories and try to get those right first. If they were not adequate, maybe I add a third.
One would be for normal use in day to day life, and the ‘normal’ default on memory one would be a good starting point.
Two I’d like to set up for noisy environments. There are several defaults the hearing professional can choose from, but I’d want to max out machine noise filter and max the Voice IQ2 system on this program. Make sure you have some dynamic directional, perhaps with full roll off on that same program.
The great thing about multi memory is you can effectively design up to four different hearing aids in one. And while these aids are very smart, if you can give them a heads up by switching to a program appropriate for the environment, they have even more information to make you happy.
If you have a noisy environment memory setting in memory 2, you are effectively giving the aid heads up that it needs to go far more aggressively to cut noise for you.
As for the whole ear plug industrialized noise thing, that’s a pain. After all, if the noise is that loud, you should be wearing hearing protection, but you need to hear your clients. You have to take safety first, so as not to further damage the hearing.
Maybe you try the muff style protection that can go over your aids, so you are still protected from noise, but can hear the speech that gets past the protection better. Perhaps a hearing professional could even set up a program/memory and test it with muffs on.
Finally, I don’t think Starkey like to take direct calls from patients to answer technical questions, although I could be completely wrong on that. However, if you get your hearing professional to call in, get through to one of the audiologist trouble shooters, and then have a chat between you, your hearing pro and the audiologist on speaker phone that might be one option. Another might be to have one of their field reps come out for a meeting with you both.