I’m sitting here wearing my new Otolens. Just picked them up yesterday. In case you’re wondering, I have about 80db loss in the high frequencies.
This is the first time I’ve worn HAs since I was in elementary school (I’m 29 now). I was born HOH.
I had my ear canal impressions taken last week. It was a bit painful (this may vary with certain audis).
In less than 6 days, Starkey sent us the Otolens! I tried them on for the first time yesterday and was very impressed.
- truly INVISIBLE! I have taken photos of the side of my head, including using a little mirror, and can not see the aids at all.
- I can now hear sounds I’ve never heard before (some kinds of birds, alarm system activation, etc)
- speech is clearer
-pretty easy to place HA in ear after practicing a few times
-easy to remove after practicing a few times
-after a while, the feeling of “having something in your ear” goes away
-First time it was a little painful in my right ear. Could not open jaw all the way without discomfort.
- About $3500 a piece (x2 for both ears )
- Cant’ seem to get the T2 function (volume/memory control via cell phone) to work yet…but I have an appt with my audi in about 1 week, so we’ll troubleshoot then.
Technology is constantly evolving at a rapid pace…I have a feeling the Otolens will be outdated in about 2 years. I think we’re on the brink of some amazing stuff that can put enough power for profound hearing loss users like myself. We’re not quite there yet, but I think the Otolens is the first of its kind in this invisible hearing aid field.
I have not had the chance to test them out in the “real world” as I live alone and have not gotten out of the house yet. Will report back early next week.
Here are the pics to give you an idea of how discreet they are. I’m still not sure whether I can see them or not…can you?