I’m very excited to have discovered Hearing Tracker. I am a U.S. Veteran with moderate severe hearing loss. I just received my first ever, pair of Phonak Marvel R-90’s from the VA on February 14th. While its only been four days LOL, since I’ve had my hearing aids, I have some questions, so that I can help my audiologist, help me to get the best hearing aid experience. My VA audi is an hour away and because of VA HIPAA laws, they don’t do remote programming. So I want to try to be prepared for my next audi appointment.
I’m very impressed with the time my audi took to fit/set-up/calibrate my hearing aids and after that, I was handed off to another person, who thoroughly walked me through everything hearing aid, support, warranty, etc.
After watching a lot of YouTube videos (Dr. Cliff) about HA’s, the HA settings/app, and Phonak Target programming, and working in IT in my past career. I’m pretty educated about what to expect, however, I still have questions.
My questions are these:
They VA programmed my hearing prescription to 100% right-off-the-bat and I know my hearing, brain connection needs to adjust to hearing sounds that have been muted for decades now. How do you know if your hearing aids are serving their purpose for you? That is, because what/how I’m hearing is subjective, how do I ensure my hearing aid programming is correct?
I find myself defaulting to AutoSense OS 3.0 because I don’t thoroughly understand the Noise Reduction, Speech focus, Dynamic control’s. And, I turn down the volume on my HA’s to -5 because some sounds are painful. Also, the Music and TV setting sound quality is bad. Should I just stick to ASOS 3.0, save my own changes or what? Again, hearing being subjective, I’m not sure how to test how I am hearing the sounds around me, correctly.
What kind of notes should I be taking, specifically for my audi to make changes in Target? And, what kind of questions should I be asking my audi, to have the best hearing experiences for me?