LiNX 3D Hearing Aid Adjustments from Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser

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LiNX 3D Hearing Aid Adjustments from Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser

Adjusting hearing aid settings to your hearing loss is one of the most important things a dispenser can do for you!

I’ve been wearing the ReSound LiNX 3Ds for 7 months now. The hearing specialist started by using the same settings that I was using on my previous instruments. Immediately, I was like a kid in a candy store! Before further adjustments, speech was more clear, I could hear from farther away and I relied less on lip-reading. I responded well to sounds that seemed to appear out of thin air!

I played with the “Noise and Speech Clarity” filters on the app for my iPhone and found some perfect adjustments for environments that I couldn’t even tolerate before (because of the echo in the room or just the level of noise). I took that information to my licensed hearing specialist, Donovan Hickman, in Wichita Falls, and he dove a little deeper into the features that are offered by the NEW LiNX 3D. He made the adjustments that reflected more of the settings I loved on the iPhone ( “Speech Clarity”) and used his extensive knowledge in sound-engineering to put me on the path to the best hearing experience for me! See my audiogram and Donovan’s step-by-step changes below.

Donovan’s Step-By-Step adjustments in this user’s LiNX 3D programming

1. Turned off “sound shaper” (frequency compression) in order to gain more clarity. In addition to this, I brought the gain in the High frequencies down a bit 3 db or so around 4k-6k. Since she had not been hearing those frequencies without the frequency compression for quite some time, I didn’t want her to be overwhelmed by the “brightness” of those sounds.
2. Brought down low frequencies, 250Hz-750Hz to help clear up some muddiness and background noise.
3. Conversely, I brought up some mid-range and upper-mid frequencies, 1k-3k for soft (G50) and average (G65) sounds. This was done in an effort to gain more speech level.
4. I changed the directional mix to medium. This will open up the naturalness of the fitting some.
5. Expansion was set to moderate; I turned it off. This will help keep the HA’s from squelching out too much low volume information (really soft voices and naturally soft sounds around you).
6. Brought the maximum power output (MPO) up to help keep the HA’s from squashing too much and not amplifying some sounds she might want to hear.
7. The settings for the Environmental Optimizer II and Environmental Optimizer II Volume seemed a bit erratic so I set the EOII to factory default and the EOIIV in such a way that I feel works well for most people.
8. Last thing was a recalibration

I’m sure many of you that have suffered with hearing loss a long time or maybe you are new to hearing aids and find that going to church, a banquet or any function that has a speaker using a microphone in a room, is almost unbearable. You spend most of the time reading your bible, on your phone playing games, or getting a tension headache from trying really hard to understand the punch line of the joke the speaker just told. Insert late, awkward laugh here.

I was in this scenario recently, and I was at a table full of musicians and hearing aid specialists.
Their hearing is, what I would call, perfect. So, I was really surprised when I looked around and they were all whispering that they couldn’t understand a word the speaker was saying!
I proudly spoke up, “I can understand everything he says perfectly!” Wide eyes were staring back at me!

It’s a rare moment when I don’t feel like the one that is straining to understand and, believe me, I relished it. In that moment, THEY were hearing-impaired, and I was not.

My coworkers were very happy for my experience and I have to give kudos to my dispenser, Donovan, for listening to my needs and being willing to put his expertise to good use for my hearing pleasure. And it was truly a pleasure!

If you haven’t given the new ReSound LiNX 3D a test-drive yet, you really ARE missing out. (UPDATE: LiNX Quattro, available as of Sept. 4, 2018,  takes it to another level!)
Come by any Hearing Aid Express in one of our 19 locations in Texas and ask for the “Double Your Hearing Pleasure 60-Day Risk-Free trial.” Stay in communication with your hearing specialist or audiologist by keeping notes of sounds you aren’t hearing well, or those you wish to hear better. Once you’ve adjusted to them, you’ll never want anything else.

Did I mention that the audio streaming is amazing? Have you tried them yet? Let me know YOUR thoughts about the LiNX 3D from ReSound by emailing me at [email protected]

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About the Author:

Hi, my name is Dusty Potter and I’m a second generation Hearing Instrument Specialist. I spent my youth around hearing aids and hearing tests — apprenticing with my mother, and so it was only natural that I chose to follow a career path that’s focused on helping people regain their hearing, improving their ability to listen and to communicate, and to reconnect with their families, friends and work colleagues.