I have had a bit of a bumpy start with my Baha and I am trying to figure out if it is me, the programming, the feedback monitor, or just my over-expectations.
I got my processor on December 18 but for some reason, I think because my appt got all changed due to Dr. emergency surgery, I did not have it programmed that day. It worked FABULOUSLY on the NYC LOUD streets for about 1/2 hours as I walked to my post MRI place (was on factory setting). My husband didn't know how to shut it off and didn't read the directions and punched all the buttons and when I came out of my MRI it wasn't working well at all. Very frustrating! So I took it off and didn't wear it and made an appt to get it programmed on Dec 28th. Well, my last hearing test had been at House and I forgot to have it sent so they went off my first hearing test when I was diagnosed with the AN back in June '09. So it is programmed now for my right ear and, to be honest, I didn't notice that much of a difference unless I plugged my good ear. If I plugged my good ear, I could hear everthing and it was amazing but if I didn't plug it, I couldn't tell. Until the day I forgot to wear it and then I actually did notice a big difference - it felt like there was a brick wall on my deaf side.
I am wondering now if I need to get a more up to date hearing test and tweak it because...
I had hoped that the Baha would improve my hearing in the noisy classroom. I still can't make out a student talking on my deaf side in that environment. I can make out more of the words but miss some. Does this sound right? And yet, I can hear a sheet of paper turning and other minute sounds...so I m thinking that maybe it is not at the right program for voices? Same in a noisy restaurants, I thought I would be able to hear the person next to me on my deaf side and I can but I can't always make out everything they say.
Does this have anything to do with the feedback manager. I know some people have had that turned off. I do squeal when I put it ion and when I put my head back on couch or lean it near my husband's shoulder. Is this too much feedback or normal?
Finally, does anyone hear from it on the telephone? I have experimented because I thought you could...I can hear but not well enough to use that side...interested to see if anyone does that.
So I basically need to know if this sounds right or if this sounds like my prcessor is not programmed the best it can be?