I got the Resound Futures in early April. I have had several adjustment sessions to take care of relatively minor issues. My trial runs out soon and I’m definitely keeping these, they are really very good.
I’m using the tulip domes, a type of open fit dome that helps cut down on feedback. The aids fit well and the little wire stays against my head, most of the time. I would say I have to push the right side back in a few times every day but the left side is locked in, stays that way all day.
At first the sound was a little tinny and “electronic” sounding, compared to my trial of the Kirkland Signatures. But after a couple of weeks and a couple of adjustments they sound very good.
After my visit yesterday my program settings are 1 -General, 2 - Noisy Restaurant or party, 3 - Music/TV, 4- Phone Now because none of my phones trigger it automatically and she didn’t have the little magnets you stick on the phone.
Strengths of the Resound Future:
Feedback - Good feedback control, better than the Kirklands. I’m not getting any feedback in normal hearing situations (I can make them feedback if I really try). Starkey must still have better feedback because I can’t make my old Destiny CIC feedback no matter what I do.
Sound quality - Excellent. Program 1 has all the bells and whistles and it adjusts very well to different situations. I use the other programs seldom.
Speech in background noise - Very good. Very adjustable so we keep inching up the speech and inching down the soft and loud background noise.
Directionality of sound - Excellent. I can actually tell exactly where sounds are coming from. I don’t have to look at other people’s faces to see where they are looking.
Very discreet - No one notices them. Mine are charcoal and gray.
Super comfortable - I can’t feel them at all. I have to reach up to make sure they are still there.
Phone Clip - I use it every day but I can’t use it when I’m in a noisy place because it has no noise limiting and picks up everything in the background. Also, the transmitter to the hearing aids is weak and one or the other hearing aids will drop out of a call. Comes with a cheap plastic lanyard which I use in order to wear the phone clip under my shirt. The lanyard is already splitting. It will come apart in a few more months. Phone clip can only connect to one device at a time. Seriously Resound, better effort needed for a bluetooth device. But, it’s the only game in town right now so I use it every day. I would be willing to test and report any changes Resound wants to make.
Hearing aids do not talk to each other - So if you set one to a different program you have to set the other one also. I miss that feature from the Kirklands.
Not rechargeable - At least not from the Resound. Is there another option to get rechargeable batteries and a charger? Again, miss that feature from the Kirklands.
Physical handling - They are very small but so far I haven’t had any trouble handling the battery door, or putting them on or taking off.
Battery life - They use a 312 battery and I get 4.0 - 4.5 days no matter how I use them or what brand battery I use.