Hi all, newbie here.
I have a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears that I’ve had since birth (I’m 31 now). Up until 2003 I’ve been wearing analog aids, and that year I decided to try for digitals. My first digital aids were Phonak’s Supero 413 AZ models. These aids were extremely powerful, but they only had two settings: Crappy, and Really Crappy.
My audiologist wasn’t much help either. She was too busy hitting me up for money to be bothered programming these aids to their optimal settings. But that’s a story for another day.
As soon as my insurance renewed its voucher towards paying for new hearing aids I ran for my life and went back to my old audiologist, who dealt almost exclusively with Starkey. He fitted me with Starkey’s Destiny 1600, and ordered the Destiny 1200 Power Plus aids on backup in case the 1600 weren’t powerful enough.
My initial impression with the 1600 was that I was finally on to something here. He still had to juice it almost to the max, but wanted me to try it for a week. I had to get used to the dampening effect the 1600 sometimes caused, which could get pretty disorienting at times. I also had two major gripes: the autocoil was awful with the phone. I would put the phone to my ear, it would switch to telecoil, and then switch back inexplicably as I tried to engage the caller. Absolutely maddening. It worked best when I wore my headset, where I didn’t have to worry about handshake causing the autocoil to switch off, and when listening to music the sounds were rich, and I could hear almost the entire soundstage. The only thing is for some reason both the 1200 and 1600’s telecoils give off this annoying pulsating sound (sounds like a heartbeat) every few seconds or so, and I have no idea why. Anyone else ever experience this? It’s aggravating enough that I might have to consider another brand altogether, or just give up using telecoil.
After a week, my audio was unhappy with the lack of power of the 1600, ad wanted to give the 1200 a try. With these aids I noticed the processor seemed to a bit slower, ad the dampening effect was far more pronounced as well. I also noticed dampened sounds sounded metallic in nature, almost like AM mono quality radio, which I hadn’t noticed with the 1600. The background noise sounded unpleasant and didn’t have the smooth ambiance as with the 1600. I’m really hoping this could be attributed to the programming though. Otherwise I think I might be screwed.
Both the 1600 and 1200 absolutely squelched the music I listened to, almost to absurd levels. I’m listening to my car stereo, and I can’t hear the full soundstage, so I crank it up. The aids crank it down. I crank it up more. The aids crank it down more. AHHHHHHHHHH
As a trick just to see how I would hear the music without the damned nFusion processor mucking it up, I would shut off my 1200 while a song was playing and then quickly turn it back on. For a brief few seconds I could hear the full soundstage and wow does it sound GOOD! And then of course the processor kicks in and torpedoes it all to hades. :mad:
So that’s been my experience so far. Has anyone else who wears Starkey experienced this pulsating sound that occurs when the hearing aid is set to telecoil? Can anything be done about adjusting the quality of the dampened sounds I hear so they don’t sound so unnatural on the 1200 series? Finally, how good are the musical programs for the Destiny aids, or would simply disabling the processor for one memory setting be good enough?
Considering what I said, is there anything I could tell the audie next time I see him that I haven’t considered? he’s pretty knowledgeable, but he’s also an old timer, so I don’t know how good he actually is in digitally programming Starkey’s Destiny aids. :eek:
Thanks for reading.