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    I am USAF retired and have a service connected hearing loss. My high pitch hearing is exceptionally bad due to severe tinnitus. On the other end I have very good low pitch hearing. I have tried several types of hearing aids provided by the VA and until now they have all wound up stuffed in the drawer.

    About a month ago they fitted me with Resound LINX2 hearing aids. They seem to be pretty good but the VA just seems clueless when setting them up and modifying the programming. For instance. I have been seeing where open domes would be better in my circumstance because they would let the low pitches in naturally and then the hearing aids would boost the highs. I have been fitted with tulips. The tulips are very uncomfortable but when I asked the VA to try the open domes they refused saying that it would be worse.

    I have thought about just buying my own open domes and installing them but I would think that the hearing aids would require a program mod.

    Any inputs would be appreciated.

    Additionally, I have done a bunch of research and discovered that there are several settings that should be available on my app but I guess the VA doesn't really know how to program them.

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    Can you post your audiogram?
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    Domes are cheap enough that if I were you I'd just buy open domes to try out to see if they work better or not. There's nothing to lose but a few bucks. If they work out better, a program mod to optimize it for open dome may help make it even better. But at least even if you can't get a program mod because the VA don't want to bother or whatever, at least if it's still better than before even if not optimized, then it's worth trying.

    If you can't get the VA to fit it for you properly, it may be worthwhile to pay a little bit to a local audi who can work with you better. Maybe the audi can bill the VA for the services as an out of network provider.
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    The aids do need to be programmed for the different domes. Each type requires different programming specific to that type of dome. I don't think anyone can advise you without knowing what your level of loss is like.

    Do you have a different VA office you could visit? Also - often audiologists don't like to overload people with features and programs at first but if you go back and ask them to turn on the features you want for the app they should be able to help. If they don't seem familiar with the particular aid then you could ask for a rep from the company to be arranged to be present at your session.
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    "I have thought about just buying my own open domes and installing them but . . ."

    I've done that without the world coming to an end. I'm programmed for closed but don't seem to get any feedback with open on the same setting using Phonak v90s.

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    "I have thought about just buying my own open domes and installing them but . . ."

    I've done that without the world coming to an end. I'm programmed for closed but don't seem to get any feedback with open on the same setting using Phonak v90s.

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    Throw them damn VA aids in the drawer with the others.

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    Throw them damn VA aids in the drawer with the others.

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    FYI, Jakey is a retired VA fitter. You can see it gets defensive about their services for some reason. Now that he's retired, his main concern is keeping kids off his grass.
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    Kenjis main concern is following me on here I guess it get's boring in the basement.

    As to the OP it doesn't seem like he wants to put any effort into getting his aids right.. as in tossed them in the drawer and these at least his third free pair aren't suiting him either. Ask to speak with the dept chief they will more then likely get you an appt with their 'ace' fitter. They can bring in the Resound rep or pick up the phone and talk directly to Resound tech support. If on the long shot of getting no joy from the chief go to your patient advocate. Once the chief gets involved written status report are required to be filed until YOU agree the problem has been resolved. Remember you are not locked into Resound. The Oticon OPEns and the Signia Primax are available.
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    Congrats on finally offering useful info, Jakey.
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    My dad (Col., USAF ret.) and father-in-law (Lt.Col., USAF ret.) both go to the same VA clinic. Their audiograms don't look much different.

    My dad (with moderate dementia) hates his hearing aids, doesn't use them (I doubt he can even find them), and says any time he tries to talk with his audiologist he's told nothing useful and feels shut down.

    My father-in-law (with significant dementia) loves his hearing aids, uses them consistently, and says his audiologist is very helpful and responsive. He loves the app on his iPhone, likes to tinker with his settings, and frequently uses the lost hearing aid finding function.
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