I might as well get to part 2 of my whinge fest. After complaining about my foot the other day, it is time to go the opposite end of my body and whine about my ears. Not only have I been having multiple 'orthotic' sessions, but I am also undergoing myriad audiology appointments.
To wit: on Wednesday I went back to see my audiologist after having adjustments done on Tuesday, because said adjustments made things worse. In trying to squelch the vibrato effect that I was getting in high frequencies, we ended up making it harder for me to hear.
When I hear higher frequency sounds like the beeping that one gets in the car to alert one to this or that, it is like the two hearing aids are out of phase. Along with another effect of one ear seeming to fade in and out a bit, I was worried if the right hearing aid was defective. After all, it is a big investment, so one wants to know these things.
As I have said the Tuesday adjustments didn't work out, so I was back in on Wednesday getting the devices reset.
Despite my concerns, I do hear better with the new hearing aids. For example: I can run the tv at a lower volume, which makes life better for Sue. I like that they are bluetooth capable; if I listen to the tv on my own, I can mute the volume but still hear it clearly in my ears. Not that I often watch tv on my own, but it's nice to have the option.
Bluetooth works well with the ipod too. The other day, I was working in the basement while listening to my ipod, which was two stories above me: not that I had intended to leave the ipod upstairs, but I had forgotten to carry it down with me.
So, the aids are good except for the two caveats that I have mentioned, so to be sure, I have asked to try out devices from a different manufacturer. At ~$3000, which is my cost after government subsidy of $1000, I want to be as sure as possible about the investment. What a pity that the hearing aids are only guaranteed for 3 years; if I get 5 years out of them I am doing well.
By the way: at $3000/$4000, I am getting basic devices. For another grand I can go up a level, and for two more thousand I could do even better. My first car in 1971 cost about the same as these basic hearing aids. Sigh.