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Subject : Re: Widex Fusion and music?|
posted by azureblue on Sat May 12, 2012 1:53 pm
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length. But I will try to keep it short. Qualify: pro musician, been there,
done that, programmed 'em all. I'd go to Costco and try out the Bernafon
Chronos line. Google "Live Music Plus" and "Marshall Chasin". The
Chronos has issues with their auto gain, but the feature can be disabled.
Next choice is the Rexton / Siemens Bridge line - they have 8 bands of
compression, and can get pretty close to "good". I have these. The
remote control for the Rextons and the Berns is worth the money, BTW.
It is my opinion, based on years of dealing with good and bad
audiologists, that the Costco dispensers provide the same level of
service for musicians, that an audiologist does. IOW, they all will wind
up calling the factory for help.
I will not recommend ADRO type aids- the response is too slow and
they have ducking issues at louder volume levels. This is based upon
having a pair and trying to work around the ducking.
But no matter what aids you get, you will run into the dogma of "hearing
aids are designed for speech recognition". Not so. It's just that the HA
makers will not test their aids for fidelity at louder levels. ALL of them,
with the exception of Bernafon, when they talk about music fidelity, they
mean listening to music at home. that is,with a pre- limit dynamic range.
Interpreted, the aids are not tested above 100db and they are never set
to handle louder sound environment,s like on stage music or venues.
That said, you can adjust them yourself, but you will have to get the
software and the interface, and no dispenser will sell that to you - you
will have to bootleg. But it can be done. You will need a loud home or
studio sound system, a knowledge of EQ'ing and compression, and
critical ears- the ability to hear a sound and determine roughly the
frequency and the amplitude, and how that particular sound / frequency
range is hear by your aids at different volume levels.
There are some generalities about setting aids for live music that I have
learned from experience, and from talking with hearing aid designers and
researchers. If you get into programming, I will send them to you, to
help you get started.
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