Has anyone found a way of eliminating feedback/distortions/unwanted harmonics on the A and E strings while playing and wearing hearing aides? Do any brands of hearing aides specifically address this problem other than providing a general listening to music setting?
I have to take mine out when I play. Get too much feed back.
Thanks, Cowboy. I'm still hoping for a miracle adjustment someone knows about. Anyone have an idea?
I wear hear aids and I had my provider create a fiddle channel that surprises the feedback and harmonics... not perfect but a lit better... some hearing aid manufacturers have the channel already and it just has to be installed. Still it is nothing like the real ear.
Thanks, Swing. Still hoping for "perfect", but will see what can be done. :)
Beltone has “music” setting. Then I can adjust it further on my phone (blue tooth) and create as many tweaky adjustments as I want. It sounds great, no feedback, and the music sounds, as far as I’m concerned, like it should. This is the “Amaze” model. Pricey, but considering what I can spend on music equipment, I figured this is the equipment I should really be investing in. Just for reference, I only have one aid, not two. I’ve had it for almost a year.
I'm wearing Resound Versa's now and before that," America Hears" CIC (completely in the canal) aids. Both work pretty well for me. I had the both aids set up for a music program.
The America Hears aid are programmable with an interface and program that they supply that allows you to make adjustments from your computer. They changed the interface and I didn't buy a new one as I'm mainly using the Resounds. But, I can send an audiogram and the aids to the company and they will reprogram them.
America Hears now only offer the behind the ear aids. The advantage to these (and to the Resounds) is that you can change the volume level. Not possible with the CIC's. I like being able to change volume.
I've found that, with the music program's, that they reduce the high frequencies which makes it harder to hear folks in a jam. With the "open fit" behind the ear aids, it's easy to toggle between the "voice" and "music" programs when needed.
Here's a link to a forum that is pretty informative.
There's lots of info on the net. You just have to sort through stuff and it's pretty time consuming. But, hearing aids are expensive so I figure it's worth the effort.
My Resounds are around six years old so I'm fixin' to go through the research process again.
As an aside, it appears that Costco has a pretty good reputation and their aids are considerably lower in cost. You don't get the "latest and greatest" technology as the aids lag behind the latest by a few months. But, I think anything they offer is probably better than what I have. Alas, my nearest Costco is 2 1/2 hours away so that's not a very good thing for me. If I lived near a Costco, I'd check them out.
Thanks, WyoBob. I will check out Costco.
Thanks, Earworm. I think the feedback issue I am having on the high frequencies can probably be tweaked on the correct program of a high tech hearing aide. I'm working on it.
I don't think this issues is addressed by the brands of hearing aides thoroughly. I wish they paid some attention to this and get this fixed.
I wear aids from Costco and found that turning the volume down almost to zero on the remote works to dampen the feedback especially on the A and E. Between tunes with the chit chat going on I can increase the volume. It's not the best but I'm gonna keep playing not matter what!
Thanks, PIK. I also had them compress/make more linear a second channel on my aids for playing music. That channel, also turned down, actually gets rid of the feedback/unwanted harmonics harmonics/distortion but at the expense of making the sound less crisp, more as if I hear it under water! But it is much better for the A and E string problem.
When I was 10 years old, I lost most hearing in my right ear. When playing the fiddle, I couldn’t hear the other instruments very well because my good ear was right next to the f holes. Over the past few years, my wife started mumbling more and more. Last summer, I found out that I developed a high freq hearing loss in my left (good) ear and I finally broke down and bought a pair of hearing aids (Widex Evoke Fusion 2 Model 330).
I thought that I would need to take out or turn off the left hearing aid when playing the fiddle, but I don’t. It took a few weeks/months to get my brain accustomed to the crispy, rattling layerS of sound, but everything is so much clearer and richer now. Playing, jamming, listening to music sounds so much better. My hearing aids have different program settings, but they somehow detect what’s going on and adjust automatically. Coincidentally, my wife stopped mumbling. I think she’s just been messing with me.
Thanks, Jonno. Interesting. Maybe I'll try mine for a while on the conversation program setting which is much clearer than the more compressed, lineal music setting. The music setting mutes the "rattling layers of sound", but it sounds a bit like under water. I'd be curious to see if my brain adjusts to the crisper voice program for fiddle playing. Worth a try (if it doesn't drive me nuts before I give myself time to adjust!)
I do think it's those layers of sound that your brain has to get used to. Funny ... how much of hearing is not in the ear, but the brain, isn't it? Adaptation time varies though. Patience, friend. It's too bad your music setting isn't more useful to you.
Thanks, Earworm :) My music setting is for listening to music, not really playing up next to my ear. But it is adjusted to an acceptable bunch of frequencies to make it ok, just not as crisp as I would like. But I'll see if my brain can adapt to the crisper conversation program for playing. If not, I have the music program to fall back upon.
I sound better when I take my hearing aids off.
Others sound better when I wear them.
Coincidence? I don't think so.
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