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Thread: Noob at Costco, plus Made for iPhone, how important?

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    Not sure what you mean by "RIC hurt a bit in my canals", but after wearing my Calas for a couple of weeks I realized that my ears were sore by the end of the day.. turned out that changing the wire length from #2 to #3 made all the difference - now I hardly notice I'm wearing the Calas.

    For cell phone calls, I really enjoy the sound in my ears. But I did have Costco increase the bass for that program. Like all the high pitched sounds you are now hearing, I think the sound from the phone is just something you have to get used to - it takes weeks, not hours, to get used to the new sounds.
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    Hi Bob,
    I will ask about the bass increase.

    My receivers sit deep inside my ears to the point of irritating. I'll ask about shorter cables.


    thanks,

    Rob


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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    BTW, the Plantronics I was using was an in the earbud, just the right ear. It did seal rather well in the though.
    Oh OK. I have one of those, too (Plantronics Voyager Legend wireless Bluetooth earbud that can be worn on either ear. Those have pretty good lows as well just because their speaker can be a pretty good size one compared to the HA receiver, although maybe not as big as the headset so not as much low.
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    Hi Bob,
    I will ask about the bass increase.

    My receivers sit deep inside my ears to the point of irritating. I'll ask about shorter cables.


    thanks,

    Rob
    When I first started wearing my OPN RIC, it was itchy for a while before I got used to it. So maybe give it some more time. But it shouldn't hurt, should only itch if anything. If it hurts then maybe you can try to fit with a smaller dome instead.

    I also switched from a longer wire to a shorter wire. But it wasn't to solve any discomfort issue. It was more to improve feedback control. Somehow with the shorter wire it helps keep my dome stay more snug in the canal. Maybe the longer wire cause the HA to be positioned lower behind the ear such that it had a tendency to pull the dome/receiver more away from the canal.
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    Hell if you ain't happy the first 4 hour try something else.. Don't let the man get over on you!!

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    I found phonak domes fit the Resound small RIC and are much more comfortable. They are much softer than the domes from Resound.

    Quote Originally Posted by Psocoptera View Post
    Don't give up until you have tried for longer. Until you adjust to full gain correction in any hearing aid you will not really be able to tell what the quality of the sound will be like. The comfort of fit in your ears may be a deal breaker but could also just be a matter of different domes or different wire length or just getting used to them.

    I found the Resound Linx less comfortable in my ears with good sound after quite a bit of tweaking. Then I had the LiNX²- similar to yours - which were more comfortable in my ears but never matched the sound results I got with the Linx - mainly due to internal noise from the aid. The made for iPhone aspects were great but ultimately I ended up with the Phonak V90s which are a lot more comfortable in my ear canals and gave a really good hearing result. I do miss the made for iPhone features and miss being able to listen to my iPad/iPod/iPhone/Mac any time without disturbing others.

    The Opn is an option but can't compete on price with Costco's offerings.

    Just don't be too quick to change based on quality of sound because you will find them all rather tinny until you adjust to hearing high frequencies again.
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    You can adjust the base , switch on base boost from the app.
    Also some say these adjustments on the phone help a bit. In settings change the Iphone audio output to small speakers.

    Are you on open domes? if so low frequancy sounds will leak out from the domes and you will never get the same quality of sound as from a good set of earphone s or buds.
    To test this simply stick your fingers in your ears ands see if the sound quality improves. If so you may be able to get an acceptable increase in quality using tulip domes . Providing you can live with the slight occlusion (stuffiness feeling in the ear) and munching sounds when you eat, that may occur.

    If the fingers in the ears does improve the sound a lot, then custom moulds with the correct vent size will improve sound quality a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian brittain View Post
    You can adjust the base , switch on base boost from the app.
    Also some say these adjustments on the phone help a bit. In settings change the Iphone audio output to small speakers.
    You mean in the iPhone Music -> EQ setting? Do you know what the difference between Small Speakers and Bass Booster is? Wouldn't Bass Booster be the more obvious choice?

    Actually I tried both of these and a bunch of other options in the iPhone EQ setting and I can't really tell much difference at all between them. I'm beginning to think that they don't apply to the Hearing Device connection.

    I tried the EQ settings on my Bluetooth headphones and I can tell the differences between the modes. They're subtle differences, but I can tell they're different.

    I'm not sure whether the EQ settings don't apply to the Hearing Device Connection, or if they do but because the receivers are so small that I can't tell the differences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian brittain View Post
    I found phonak domes fit the Resound small RIC and are much more comfortable. They are much softer than the domes from Resound.
    Yes, the Phonak domes are a lot softer. I also found the Phonak receivers slightly smaller which helped. There are also a few other people who use a different brand dome to their receiver. As long as they stay on the receiver and allow the sound through it seems to be fine. The Phonak wires are more flexible and comfortable also.

    Just a warning to others too that smaller domes - which some have suggested - are not necessarily more comfortable. Fit with receivers and domes is somewhat trial and error. Smaller domes moved too much and made me nauseous due to irritation of the ear canal (via the Vagus nerve).
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    Reporting back after a week. I went back to see the Costco specialist last Monday. I first had him change my cables to the longer #3, and that alleviated a lot of the pain I had in my canals. I was able to bend the cables to where the ends sat in my canals comfortable without scraping the sides.

    He did the feedback test and adjusted that and I then asked him to turn down the high frequency settings. He was going to bring it down about 10 % but I asked for more. He has told me the Calas are very aggressive at the high end and although that's where my hearing loss is the greatest it seems to me this is something a new user should ease into. Even now I have the treble adjustment on the phone turned down to 1/13. Any more than that and everything has a "rasp" to it. My printer sounds like a train wreck, water running is like steel ball bearings bouncing on plate glass, just too annoying.

    With the treble turned down I get by OK, I even start to forget I am wearing them. My batteries ran out this weekend and I missed the HA's right away so I am acclimating.

    That's the good news, the bad news is the phone clip. I had the specialist adjust the bass as suggested and it made my hearing callers a bit better, the real problem is others hearing me. I am a service technician so I frequently am speaking with a tech support person while working. Last week, on four separate occasions I had the person on the other end of the line tell me I was breaking up, they couldn't hear me. I immediately removed the right HA and went to my old Plantronics and all was fine.

    So the Resound phone clip may be a deal breaker. I have also found their iPhone software a bit buggy, it changes profiles when the screen on the phone goes dark, etc.

    While the iPhone app seemed like something I needed I have to remember that the primary concern is actually communicating with people so I may switch to another system, perhaps the Kirkland 7's or Brios.


    thanks,

    Rob


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