Last week i was upgraded to the new AB Naida CI Q70. As i have mentioned in previous posts i was lucky to get the upgrade when i chose AB in 2012. SO my time came last week. So i took a couple of last pictures of my trusted Harmony, the CI that bought me back into the hearing world.
And there it is my last day with my Harmony. My appointment was a lunchtime appointment, so i managed to squeeze in a Right ear check up with my GP’s nurse first,and then quickly see my boss about returning to work, i’ll come to that in a bit. I got to Southmead a bit early, glad i did, cold weather and a couple of coffees, means trouble.
At my appointment i had an AB Tech Guy James as well, he was overseeing the upgrade to check all was well. First of all they copied my Harmony settings to the 1st 3 settings on my Naida (that has 5). The magnet strength on the UHP (Universal Head Piece) was checked to make sure it was right. We then plugged me in to the computer to check the settings. When i came ‘live’ the audie asked how it sounded, well, straight away i noticed it was clearer and crisper, by a long way, but also softer, so the volume was bumped up a bit, ah that was better. So well, i was very impressed at that point. Setting 4 we added something called Ultrazoom, this is like a directional setting on an HA. But far better. It zooms in on the person or sound in front, we did a quick test in the room and noticed it was good. The final setting is a 50/50. t Mic and Microphone, i never had that on my Harmony.
So after an hour i was on my way home, with a new Naida, 3 batteries, and a huge box. The batteries are good, i have a small one, a larger one and a disposable option. The length of time is so much better than the Harmony. The small one 12-14 hrs, larger one about 24 hrs, and the disposable ones 2 days, obviously it is switched off overnight. The beauty is they charge up in about 3 hrs so i don’t have to leave the charger on my bedside table, i plug it in when i need to.The charger is smaller and a USB plug.
So much neater.
The smaller battery is above, alot less chunky than the Harmony
And finally the disposable option, a nice curve finish, looks good. As you can see the T Mic 2 is alot different looking than the original t mic. Its quite thin, but also quite fragile, so extra care needed. Discipline needed when taking jumpers off etc, Implant off first, can’t afford any flying lessons.
The main microphone on the Processor has a filter on it, that need changing every 3 months, a bit fiddly but a tool is supplied to change the filter. The same as the t Mic, it has a small filter on the end that needs changing every 3 months.
Sunday we went out for a our usual Sunday lunch, so being a busy pub i tried Ultrazoom. Wow i was well impressed, i could have a real good chat easily, with my Harmony it was good, but this is something else. Not once did i say ‘Aaaa’. Watching TV with Ultrazoom is pretty amazing too, again same principle, it zooms in on sound in front, which is the TV.
Today i had an appointment with the ENT clinic team, after my infection, they wanted to check it. All ok thankfully. They could see where the infection was behind my ear, the antibiotics have kicked in now. She said she could see where the cut had split open, how we will never know.
And there it is, gradually changing shape and growing into a closed ear canal.