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As a first-time user of hearing aids with mild-to-moderate loss, I’ve had the Phonak B70-R aids for just a day and a half so far. My audiologist and a couple of friends had recommended the RIC style for my needs and lifestyle, and the Phonak brand in particular.
In my brief experience so far, I’ve been surprised at how quickly and easily I seem to be adjusting to them, given the very compact and unobtrusive design – I caught myself almost heading into the shower while still wearing them. My wife and I are both surprised at the improvement in our conversations around the house – I think I’ve only said “what” once, and she’s trying to adjust to not having to speak as loudly to me. Found them to be very helpful during lunch with six friends in a moderately noisy restaurant, and found that the aids adjusted automatically to the situation, reducing the level of ambient noise and allowing me to hear the voices of my friends around the table more clearly than I have in a few years.
I also tried them out in combination with the ComPilot Air II streaming music and a voice podcast from my smartphone during a somewhat breezy bike ride. The wind-noise blocking was quite effective, allowing me to hear the program over the occasional quiet “scratching” sound of the wind without isolating me from the rest of the world around me. The ComPilot seems to work best when centered just a couple inches below my chin – if it’s located to one side or the other by more than a few inches, or if it’s allowed to shake around much in an active situation like biking, the reception seems to get a bit choppy.
I can’t comment on the rechargeable versus battery question, since I’ve never used battery-powered aids. For the modest difference in price, the rechargeable model seemed like a good choice for me, and I hope that time will prove that out.
All-in-all, I’m very pleased with my new hearing aids, and am looking forward finding out what additional improvements they’ll make in my audible world.
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