This is my first post here, and at the moment I’m on mysecond day of trialing the widex unique 440 CIC, upgrading from widex InteoCIC. First I’ll write a little info about me. I’ve worn HAs ever since I was 7,now I’m 27 and I’ve always worn widex CICs. In my signature is my audiometry (Ihad it done last month) and over the years it stayed pretty much the same, butin the last 2 years I’ve had several test and hearing seemed to have wosened,not by much however.
Two years ago I’ve tried widec dream RICs 440 with custommolds and they didn’t work for me, there was the custom mold and then thehearing aid behind the ear and my ear would hurt by the end of the day + theocclusion from the custom mold, couldn’t wait to get them off at the end of theday. Beside that there was another big issue - there was always an imbalancebetween the 2 hearing aids and no matter how many settings the audi tried to doit just didn’t work and this problem was very distracting. I also found that Ireally didn’t get that much speech clarity from them so I turned them back. Ialso tried several other brand (siemens, phonak, starkey, unitron - all RICs)but unfortunately, in my country, only widex provides a trial and only for oneweek with payment. I tested the other brands only in the audiologist practice,they didn’t even tell me to walk outside and see how the work so I couldn’treally make a decision based on the testing done inside the room.
I decided to wait which brings me back to the present day. Iheard about the new unique series and I thought to give it a go. I actuallywanted to trial the Unique RIC 440 but the audie suggested I go with the CICones since I’ve worn CIC almost my entire life. So I went with these one and Ican’t tell there’s big improvement compared to the dream 440 RIC. I could heareverything, yesterday I was quite overwhelmed by all these new sounds. Theweird thing is that today I’ve realised that I hear the background noise waytoo loud - the car engine, the air conditioning, the cars on the streets and Idon’t think it is because I’ve never heard them before, it bothers me too much.Speech clarity is way better on these ones compared to the dream RICs, but Istill have to test them in other situations (restaurants, several people in thecar etc.). Another issue that I’ve notice with the background noise, is that,while I’m driving even though the radio is quite loud the aids don’t pick it up, the background noise is still clear (car engine, cars on the streets). Alsowhen I listen to music the lower frequencies seem to be cut, I can’t hear them,but when I take one HA off I can hear them (I have to mention that I have novent in my HAs and I don’t have the wireless aids, the audie told me that theycouldn’t fit my hearing loss so I don’t have com-DEX and teh aids work with theuniversal program).
And now I have to ask if widex has a problem with theimbalance of sound in their HAs because I’m having the same issue with theseCICs that I’ve had with the RICs, and I’ve also noticed these in my Inteos CICexcept is not that pronounced.
I’m looking for a bit of advice from someone, hoping maybe tobe a bit more enlightened, maybe someone had the same issue, especially withthe background noise and the imbalance, because at the moment I really don’tknow what to do. I’m also going to try some Oticon Opn1, with a different whotold me that I could try them outside, I hope I will be able to make and ideaabout these Oticons.
I know it’s a long post, sorry about that!
Thank you in advance!