Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Parrot Toy!

The filter inserter for my new aids..........who knew?

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Hearing Aid Diary, Week 6

Things seem to be humming along, except when they're not.  Odd effects like almost no volume in one ear when I turn it on first thing in the morning.  And only one aid giving the sound cue when I switch programs. 
So far, they don't seem to be drowning in sweat, which there is plenty of in my ears....this is Williamsburg, VA, and it's summer.
My audiologist is getting a new/different receiver for my right ear, which is the one with the tiny canal that does a 90-degree turn right inside the entrance.  It's a stretch to expect the receiver-in-canal style of aid to work in such a tight space.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

iPhone 6 and accessibility

Just filed this report with the FCC:

"I have read that Apple is going to discontinue the audio jack on the iPHone 6.  This will make it impossible for me, and many others, to use the phone with a neckloop and T-coils in our hearing aids.  This will make the iPhone inaccessible to those who can only use it in this way.  here is a link to an article about the change:
...and here is an article (on the right side) about how we use the smartphone and its audio jack with our hearing aids to make phones calls, etc.
By the way, bluetooth is not anywhere near as good in terms of speech clarity."

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Turn it the )@($&@&$_ down!

At a concert last week at the National Theater (Richmond, VA), the sound level (using AudioTools app) was >100 dBA for sustained periods of at least 30 minutes.  At least twice.  Max was 108 dBA.  Even given the inaccuracy of the app, that's pretty @$)(@*#&$^ loud.
My husband and I left early, and vowed never to go to that venue again (this was the second time we had been blown away by the volume; first time we thought it was just a f(the band).
Trying to figure out how to report this....there were people working in the place.

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Hearing Aid Diary

I'm thinking I'm going to switch back to the larger aids; they have a volume adjustment on the aid itself.  The tiny/micro ones don't, so you have to use a remote control, which is really easy to leave in a place that is not readily available/findable.  Not good for  59-year-old who misplaces things.  Even my keys.