Just received my Opticon OPN’s today following an online order from BuyHear last week. No surprises or big issues so far. Well one issue - I have the 85 speakers and was sent a few cones of various sizes. Turns out the 10mm size works best for me but I was only sent four power domes in that size. I was having trouble with feedback and tinny sound - especially when listening to music. However I had some foam tips that came with my Decibullz custom ear plugs. Much to my surprise the 85 speakers (minus the plastic ear grip wire which I no longer need) fit into these foam tips nicely (I added a tiny bit of scotch tape to get just a bit more snug and now these OPN’s sound GREAT! Much much better base than before, feedback totally gone, music and voices sound great now. I can even wear completely over the ear headphones without issue and no feedback and this never worked with any RIC aids before (in fact up until now I had always rejected RIC in favor of CIC and this was one big reason). These foam tips mostly plug the canal but they are super comfortable as they’re designed for all day wear, either with earpods or ear protectors. In fact this setup is more comfortable than the custom fit (and very pricey) CIC’s which these are replacing. And they are cheap @ $2.99 pair.
I was going to ask Buyhear to send some alternative “official” tips, but I’m really happy with how these sound plus the comfort - so I might not bother. These foam tips are worth a shot for those having trouble getting a good fit. Comply foam tips will likely work just as well, however they are more expensive and I’m not sure which of the many models/sizes they offer would work best. I was lucky I just happened to have these Decibullz tips laying around and they work so well.
BTW - I’m a big DIY engineer type and figuring out solutions like this is something I’ve done with all my HA’s over past 25 years of wearing them. I’ve found that most audiologist’s are pretty limited in what they can do and recommend - mostly they just don’t have the time. And making appointments and driving to their office was often a waste of time for me also. So for me, ditching the traditional audio is not only not a problem (so far), in many ways it is much less of a hassle. And oh yeah, not to mention I saved $3.2K on the price (more on that in another thread).