@cwningen @cnicklo Went to the clinic day before yesterday for my 2 week adjustment of the new Evokes. I had already emailed my audiologist about the additions I wanted to make so after a brief discussion we got right down to making the changes. I added three programs to play with. (1) Impact (2) Social and (3) Party. On the Universal program and the three just mentioned I had them adjusted to maximum speech audibility. I had the RE/IT speech enhancer add to the three and added high frequency boost to the music program. Thanks to @cwningen for the recommendations!
We then did a quicksin on each of the programs starting with Universal and ending with Impact. The addition of the speech enhancer and adjustment to max speech audibility made a slight improvement over the initial fitting. Both the Party and Social programs were identical showing only a slight improvement with Social. But the Impact program showed a significant improvement over the other three and elicited a Wow! from the AuD at the difference. She did say that impressive as it was it might not be the case out in the real world since other aspects of the programs might come into play.
Spent the remainder of the day at my son’s house with three grand kids ranging from 10 to 3. The aids were great and it didn’t matter which program I was in. Especially happy with being able to hear the 3 year old girl who speaks soft and fast. I am pleased.
Last night my wife and I headed to Texas Road House in Ann Arbor with friends to test the speech in noise performance. Friday nights at the Road House are a challenge for folks with normal hearing and last night was no different. But the Evokes were splendid. I was expecting the party program to come into its own in this environment, but I noticed little difference between it and universal. A bit more quieting of all the ambient noise but not much in the area of speech improvement. Social, which is supposed to be for smaller, less volatile gatherings, was noticeably better for speech than the party program. But it was the Impact program that made a significant difference. I have not been able to enjoy dinner out in a loud environment in a long time but last night was different. The Impact program actually pulled speech out above all the noise and it was very impressive. I could hear the waiter when some others at the table were having trouble. The only person had I trouble with was my wife who is soft spoken and was looking away from me most of the time. But I was not alone. Everyone was asking her to speak up. I pulled out the decibel meter and the steady ambient noise floated from 78-84 dB with many spikes up into the high 90s and occasional 100s. I hate the place but it was a good test. I am very happy so far.
There are problems but it has nothing to do with the Evokes explicitly. Speech recognition in my left ear is only 44%. Things in that ear sound muffled, garbled and distorted and with the new aids set where they are supposed to be this is irritatingly noticeable. I had to turn down the volume on that side or pull the closed dome out a bit to vent it in order to minimize it. I shut it off but I hear better with both aids on as long as I control the volume. It’s a problem. Don’t know what will happen if that gets worse. Is there a Cros in my future?