So, I’m still learning the ropes.
I’d let the question of tulips go until recently, when I got some advice…similar to what Don noted above, and the suggestion was made to me that with my hearing loss…I really shouldn’t need a tulip. I first asked my original audi about this. Her memory didn’t seem strong on the cause for the move to tulips, but she sees so many patients. I suggested the software seemed to drive the decision. This particular audi has both a reduced staff at Costco, and also, a high demand, so wouldn’t be able to see me before my 3 months pass after which I keep these aids. She’d have to research maybe whether the 3 month timeline is fungible. But, she encouraged me to try another Costco, that I do happen to live nearer to. Also, she encouraged me to experiment, and put an open dome where I have a tulip. This also represents the first time I remove my own domes…despite my having been encouraged to do this with some frequency. So, now I’m out and about, wearing the open domes instead of the software recommended tulip for my right ear (matching the left ear, already with an open dome).
I did go to see a tech I had begun with at a different Costo. Though I was initially guarded about his making other changes (I should write separately about that), he does. He thinks it’s fine I wear open domes, and really saw no basis (himself) for the original direction to tulips. Also, he moves my settings from “new user” to “experienced user.” I’d not been warned about this previously, but he said…well, I’m an experienced user now, so seems like that would be right to do now. And, I’m off and running.
Except, I forget to experiment with the programs while I’m there. When I do, back at home, moving to the TV program, I get big feedback from the right hearing aid. On my own, experiment replacing the open dome with the tulip, and yes…the tulip completely cuts the feedback. And…the feedback is crazy big. But, I’m not often in TV mode. So, I move back to open domes. And, I have a new appointment with this same tech #2, to review this discovered feedback experience.
I hope he’ll know what changes to make so that I can: a) keep the open dome (I do prefer it…it feels less occluding), b) use the TV program without feedback.
Overall, I think the Acriva’s are fine. And, probably like anyone, I like to minimize unnecessary change. I suspect this will go towards some adjustments that will allow the open domes. Whether I’ll be able to keep the tv program remains to be seen. One other odd side effect, too, is that my tv streamer, which I don’t use often, seems to be less helpful now than it had been, also, which I might have hoped would mitigate the issue with the TV Program, but somehow, like I said, as I checked out my experience with the streamer, post adjustments…that just didn’t help too much.
Thanks everybody; insights welcome. Otherwise, happy to share my experience, as I’m now just shy of two weeks with these HAs being mine. Overall, they do seem to be doing their job. I’m probably a bit over involved with them. But, I’m guessing anyone who spends any time on a board dedicating to hearing issues will at least be sympathetic.
Ira Z/Regular Guy