My Experience Trialing the Oticon Intiga IIC
Note: We are no longer selling Oticon hearing aids. See our comparable hearing aids. The following guest post was written by Bill F. (wishes to remain anonymous), who has a mild high frequency hearing loss which he says was caused simply by “old age.”
At around the age of 50, I noticed my hearing starting to go. At first it was just that I was turning the TV up a little bit louder than I had before, but gradually the situations in which I was cleverly “adapting” to my hearing loss starting to increase. I would often get upset when people were trying to talk to me and not facing me. According to my DW I was constantly saying “huh?” I suspected that I had a hearing loss for a while, I just put off dealing with it until I absolutely had too. It began to take a toll on all of my relationships. Miscommunication, even just one little word, can really make life aggravating and lead to a lot of misunderstanding and petty arguments because I thought someone said one thing, when they really said another. So it got to the point where I had no choice. I had prolonged the inevitable long enough. It was time to get hearing aids. It’s still hard to say that I wear hearing aids, I don’t even like writing it, I feel old, I never thought I would actually be wearing hearing aids. But they’ve grown on me, a lot, and there have been a few times when I’ve voluntarily confessed to wearing hearing aids, and have shown them off.
I had no idea where you even buy hearing aids, but I had been saving all those pesky mail cards I had been receiving for the past few months so I could review my options and see what was out there. Ultimately I decided to call a local place which is always putting out advertisements for invisible hearing aids. I was surprised at how easy the process was, the hearing test didn’t even take all of 30 minutes, and I was out the door with an order placed within the hour. I hadn’t the first clue of anything about hearing aids, I just trusted my audiologist with this one. I’m not the type to get too involved in things like this, I figure let the pros handle that kind of stuff. At nearly $6,000 for a pair though, the first thing I did was take to the internet when I got home. That actually led me to this blog, where the Oticon Intiga was reviewed as one of the best invisible hearing aids on the market- phew. I have the Oticon Intiga i10 model, which is the best of the best available so they say. After reading around a bit more on message boards and what not, I was relieved to see that this was indeed a good hearing aid, and gladly never resumed my research, technically overwhelming.
I should mention that for the past 3 months, approximately a week after I got them, I’ve been completely bed-ridden after a back surgery, so I haven’t been testing them in many environments outside of the original first week that I wore them. I didn’t even go back to get these hearing aids adjusted as was instructed of me by my audiologist, it’s been kind of a set it and forget it type thing. It’s kind of silly that they are invisible now when I haven’t really left the house since I’ve had them.
Improvements so far: No more TV ears! I lay in bed and watch TV for the majority if the day while I’m recuperating, and the TV ear headset was my godsend for a long time, but it is now collecting dust in the corner of the room. My wife is actually telling me to turn the TV up on a regular basis I hear it that well, hard to believe. When guests come over to visit every Sunday, I still find myself straining a bit to understand, but it’s hard to know if that is because the hearing devices aren’t working well or if it’s just my brain was in the habit so long of really straining that I need to learn to relax. No doubt though, I’m hearing much better with them. One word of warning I will give to anyone that wears a hearing aid- if you sleep on that ear wrong, there will be hell to pay the next day. I kept them on one night and was in excruciating pain in that ear for the next 24 hours. My batteries last about 8 days on both ears which was longer than the expected 5 days I was told. Problem is, I can’t even change them- too small and my fingers tremble too much, so wife does it for me. Lastly and most importantly to me at least, they are completely invisible. I was skeptical of this. I’d seen many hearing aids on people where it was obvious they wanted them to be invisible, but they just weren’t, and I was hoping desperately that wouldn’t be the case with mine. Although I’ve only had a few visitors since I’ve had them, no one has said anything, and wife says they can’t be seen even from a foot away.
Complaints: I do not hear any better on the phone. Land lines are okay, always have been, but I still have a terrible time understanding anything on my cell, I use an Samsung Galaxy S4, it is hearing aid compatible, yet just does not want to cooperate with my hearing aid. I suppose it’s more likely the other way around. To make matters worse, I get a buzzing sound any time the phone is at my ear, and it’s clearly coming from the aid. This was one of my big concerns when getting these, I though I may prefer a hearing aid that worked with Bluetooth, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of having a hearing aid people could see so here I am. Also, I can’t control the volume at all. No remote, no buttons, nothing. I truly hope this is something that can be addressed by visiting my audiologist again, but it was never discussed and I can’t find anything online that says whether or not that is feasible with this hearing aid. There have been many, many times I have wanted to turn it up a bit, and a few times I’ve needed to turn them down. I have a feeling I won’t be okay with just one volume, so do hope there is a solution for this. Lastly, the alarm that tells me my battery is dead goes off randomly, even when the battery is brand new. It will alert me, and then the hearing aid will work for a few more days, so clearly a defect. Needless to say I’m looking forward to being able to walk again so I can get back to the audiologist and get some of these problems ironed out!
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