I got a pair of Starkey zon .5 HAs 1 week ago. I suspect the person who fitted me was an idiot.
When she showed them to me, she pointed out a little chrome bar on the back of the HA, and told me that it was a volume control. I could just click it and turn the volume up and down. Aside from that, fitting for her just amounted to sticking the little thing in my ear (no measuring the size of my ear canal, or anything else), and telling me that I would be uncomfortable for a while. She was sure right about that.
When I got in my car to go home, both devices were howling so loudly that I could hardly think, so I started trying to click the little “volume control”, to turn them down. I have degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, so I am fairly technically astute. It was immediately evident to me that nothing was happening with the “volume controls”, so I read the little book that came with the devices and it said that the little chrome bar covered the microphones, and that was it. No volume control.
These things howl constantly. I walk past a hard wall, they howl. I hug my wife, they howl. I drive my car, they howl. I go to a restaurant, they howl. I watch TV or listen to the radio, they howl.
I hate these hearing aids, and it makes me really mad that I laid out a couple of thousand bucks for them.
So what am I to do? I tried constructing little baffles out of RTV, to “hold the sound in my ear”, so I hopefully wouldn’t have so much feedback, and that seemed to work pretty well. However, the only color I had was white (the color of my sink caulking), so it looks like heck.
The little black cone shaped things in my ears feel like they are sticking in there too far and maybe touching my eardrums? That can’t be right.
Could someone who is familiar with these Starkey Zon.5 HAs, and who is also familiar with how to set up hearing aids please give me a little guidance?
I love being able to hear sounds that were too quiet before, but the feedback and the discomfort make me want to give up.