This is the 2nd day with the Naida V, replacing a Phonak Supero. Not only new aid, but 2 aids, having worn only one for well, forever. So I guess I’m trialing 2 things! First thing is that Why the heck I never had 2 aids, I don’t know, but I’ll never go back to just one. So whatever I do from here will be with 2 aids. I feel more balanced and can actually hear on that other side! Geez, wasted time all those years. Sigh.
Okay, so I’m already used to the whole ear mold, large tubes and BTE aids, so no problems with that. The programming in the new ear (right) seems just right. The left one, however, is giving me fits. I know I was used to POWER, and these new digital wonders are more about finesse, so finding a middle ground is going to be difficult for me. Right now, in the left ear only, I’m dealing with a little reverberation/vibrating of higher pitched sounds, a little bit of feedback off and on, and a constant drone in the background - kind of like the sound at the ocean. I go back tomorrow for check up so hopefully she can do something. I did note that on the target range, my right ear is fairly close to the target fit, maybe slightly lower. The left ear (the one I’ve always worn an aid in) is way above the target fit. Does this mean I just need to train my brain to work on finesse (IE. sound discrimination), not volume?!
Overall, I must say speech in calm is wonderul. The car was wonderful. Being at the store (Lowes Hardware and Walmart) was not so great. Seems like the cacophony of beeps, dings, whirrs and such totally drown out any voices. And forget the parking lot. I never heard the car backing up until the person honked their horn. Sigh.