Curious. You’re from Canada. Your Fortes are not locked in Canada? In the main forum, it’s helpful to be oblique in DIY comments.
Presumably from what you say, you’re not using your default fitting. On my Quattro’s the default directionality is different for each of the four programs that my audi set up. All-Around is “Binaural Directionality III with Spatial Sense.” Restaurant is “Autoscope Adaptive Directionality.” And Outdoor and Music are “Omni.”
Noise reduction in All-Around in on a Per Environment Basis. In Restaurant and Outdoor, noise reduction is set to mild for me, and in Music, to none.
Wind Guard is set to Off in all programs but Outdoor where mine is Mild. Directional Mix is set to Very Low in All-Around and Restaurant while Off in Outdoor and Music because they are Omni directionality.
One of your ears is a lot worse than the other so I wonder if in your instance favoring the good ear would help. Presumably you have more occlusive molds or domes whereas for me, I’m pretty sure hearing noise outside of my HA’s through my open domes reduces the utlimate benefit I might get from Quattro’s. I read somewhere that the sound of speech heard thru HA’s vs. through open domes at the same time can conflict, reducing speech-in-noise recognition so that’s why I’m going to try tulip domes and power domes to see whether if I wear these in very difficult speech-in-noise situations it helps. For example, when I am exclusively streaming from a remote microphone, in spite of this, I’m still hearing some noise all around from the openings in my domes. For most situations, I greatly prefer open domes but it would be easy to carry around power domes, for instance, in a little ziplock bag to switch out in a situation where the noise thru open domes might get overpowering if switching to a more occlusive dome for a short time would help speech recognition.
Your situation is undoubtedly very different. Just wanted to mention that my Quattro’s as programmed by my audi using Smart Fit 1.3 and the Audiogram+ ReSound fitting logic (similar to NAL2) have very different directionality behavior and default noise reduction for the different programs offered the user. And that’s why I love the Smart 3D app for the limited ability it gives any user to override those default settings and, for most users, for the ability to use the Remote Assist app to get the audi to fine-tune settings “in situ” without another trip to his/her office.
Binaural Directionality III with Spatial Sense allows one set of microphones to favor the direction of detected speech while other microphones listen all-around (unless noise is overwhelming from a non-speech direction) and coordinates sound ear-to-ear to maintain spatial sound location as much as possible with BTE mics.
“Directional Mix allows for adjustment of the frequency that blends between omni-directional and directional processing. A low directional mix means that most of the signal is processed omni-directionally, while a high directional mix indicates mostly directional processing. The directional mix is calculated based upon the patient’s hearing loss and the hearing aid style.”
ReSound likes to emphasize that you get more bells and whistles the more you pay. Hopefully the Fortes have all the directionality and noise reduction bells-and-whistles options. But perhaps finding out what your directionality mix is in different environments and favoring directionality at times, which you can do through the Smart 3D app to some degree, would help at times. It does for me, even with open domes.
Not offering this advice to say the ReSound approach is better than any other HA. Just to document how the default settings for directionality, wind and noise reduction, and (not discussed) relative sound loudness will vary considerably depending on what basic ReSound program I’m using (and the All-Around program attempts to emulate the same automatic switching of sound processing that one also gets for other premium HA brands).