Hi All, I’m from the UK and am trialling a pair of Fuse (Latitude 16) aids.
I have had NHS Zest aids for about a year but need to be able to hear when playing outdoor sports and when hiking/hillwalking without the risk of impact/water/sweat damage (I have “killed” two Zests - one by a headbutt and one from water damage already :)).
My dispenser is new to the Fuses and I am having a few issues with the sound quality that I hope someone might have fixed before?
Overall, the Fuses seem lacking in clarity and “air” versus the Zests (which are some kind of re-badged midrange Oticon BTE open fit with a thin tube & open dome).
I get a lot of warbling that makes it hard to understand speech.
Although the aid is loud, I miss soft speech and miss most words if the speaker turns away or looks down. The sound seems “thick” instead of clear. A case of loud but poor comprehension.
I could see some tuning controls (Speech Enhancement, Anti-shock, feedback) - she turned Speech Enhancement down (not sure why) but left the others at default. Could these be used to improve the sound or is it something more basic?
I have read mixed reports on here re the Fuses - some threads seemed to “fizzle” out? I just want to either fix them or move on!
If this is “how it is” with the Fuse, what else should I shortlist?
(I believe I need CIC to be able to wear during contact sport and to get the weather proofing I need).
Audiogram is flat 30-40dB loss up to 2k then slopes down to max loss of 60 at 6k then back up to 40 at 8k (NHS lady called it a “noise notch” - I was heavily into .22 rough shooting some years ago which might explain it!). Pretty close to the same in both ears.
Thanks in anticipation…