Hello All, and hello ZCT
My thanks to ZCT for his prompt and well informed advice. ZCT, you are
always constructive, and I cant understand those who criticise you. I
throroughly approve of your defence of socialized helathcare. I shall
certainly take your suggestion about using only one memory for both loop
systems and telephone to my dispenser as soon as I can.
Turning to my own particular problems with my new HAs, I recognise that
they may be surprisingly intelligent and adaptive, but I wonder how quickly
they will adapt and resolve the difficulties I have with background noise. In
truth, I only enter these situations about once a week on average and for
the rest of the week I am in the quietness of my own home or walking out of
doors. I suppose the supermarket might also give the HA a chance to adapt,
but that is only half an hour. Nevertheless, the background noise situations
are important to me. My only chance to meet other people and I would like to
be able to hear them.
About once every two weeks, I do some folk dancing (I think you might call
it “contra dancing”) and I paid £20 to have the loop system in the hall
altered so that it could be linked to the club’s amplification system. A good
buy. I used to put one of my Destinys on telecoil and the other on normal, so
that I could hear the caller with one ear and use the other to hear what is
going on around me. The system works when I am dancing, but it isn’t much
good listening to people in between dances. With a push button, I could
quickly change one ear to “background noise reduction” - but this was only
partially useful. Went to the club the other evening in my new X series 70s.
The high frequency din was dreadful, and my X series were worse than my
Destinys. I didnt attempt to use the telecoil memory.
Reading elsewhere in this forum, I gather that my brain needs time - ?2 to3
weeks or months - to interpret this high frequency shushing so it may be that
over time your advice to persevere with the new aids will pay off, and I shall
adapt to my new perceived environment at the same time as my intelligent
aids do their own self- adaptation. But if I put the telecoil memory on when I
am at the club, will this prevent the new aids from doing their adaptation to
the “normal” setting? The same sort of syndrome might crop up in
restaurants/hotel dining rooms. If I use the “restaurant/party” memory, will
this, again, hinder the HA’s adaptation?
Yorkshireman living in Derbyshire, UK
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