It’s been a few days since I received my W16’s and I have to say, so far, so good. I’m proceeding with caution here, since my previous aids seemed fine at the beginning, but after a week or so, my hearing comprehension would deteriorate.
Sounds seem as they should be, not overly loud, yet comfortable. I remember during my previous trials, the first time I heard our Great Danes bark I thought my head was going to blow up! Now, their barking is still loud (as it would be with normal hearing), but tolerable.
I’ve been testing the aids in a variety of places and I’m very happy with the results. We leased a new vehicle and I sat in the back while the salesperson was explaining the features to my husband in the front seat. To my surprise, I was able to understand what the salesperson was saying without having to read his lips. I also did fine at the restaurant we went to afterwards.
This time of year the red-winged blackbirds frequent our backyard before going back north and they are a noisy bunch! I was able to carry on a conversation with my husband while sitting on the back patio despite the chattering.
The only disappointment I’ve experienced so far has been with the Surflink media. The sound is better (but still not great) than the Surflink I trialed with the Audibel Ranges, but as I walk out of range, I get an annoying crackling sound in my aids and the sound seems to be going in and out of the left aid. I am also having problems with the remote. It may not be the equipment’s fault, since in our house we have WIFI and an infrared system that powers all of our TV’s (all satellite/receiver boxes are out of sight in an electronics room) and this may be causing some interference. I am seriously considering returning this.
In conclusion, I am very happy so far with these aids. Starkey has made a superior product and with the help of an expert hearing specialist, found courtesy of this forum, I’m confident that I will be hearing to the best of my ability for a long time to come.
I’ll be going back week after next for a follow-up. I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress.
Following are my test results:
Right: 55/ 40/ 55/ 45/ 25/ 75
Left: 60/ 50/ 50/ 55/ 40/ 85
SRT: Right: 40dB Left: 40dB
Right: 80% Level: 70dB
Left: 88% Level: 70dB
Moderate rising to mild at 4 kHz then dropping to severe sensorineural hearing loss for the right ear.
Left shows moderately-severe rising to mild at 4 kHz then sloping to severe sensorineural hearing loss.