I'm returning these to my Audi today so I thought I would share my findings with the group. The executive summary is that if you live/work in quiet surroundings these aids can boost the sound nicely. Once you encounter background noise, all bets are off.
Unitron Moxi BTE/RIC Test
- Sound quality much better than Conversa but still lacks accuracy/fidelity somewhat. Some of the processing odd (steady tones become warbles).
- “Home” setting too loud most of the time (used it at –1 volume primarily). Nice to be able to boost the level though when needed using the remote.
- Didn’t notice home/main program changing/adapting much but when background noise evolves a feeling of occlusion comes and goes (makes one try and crack jaw, swallow, etc.).
- Music program is better processing-wise, but still lacking in fidelity/depth. Music program also a bit harsh/bright.
- Love the remote control (but wonder if the necessity of fiddling is masking a general inability of the HA’s to get the job done with fewer settings). The beep changes volume as the program volume changes. This can be harsh at high volumes (when turning up to listen to a soft sound).
- E2e nice for changing programs.
- OK when background noise is simple (driving with windows closed) but overwhelmed when complex (driving with windows open). Completely useless in a noisy restaurant.
- Anti-shock effect generally helpful but too severe even on mild. Attack time still a little slow (surprisingly a dog bark defeats it) and the effect kicks in too soon level-wise (triggered by light switch click). Novelty of having an 80’s gated reverb sound 24/7 gets a little old. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5rDQbH1g38)
- BTE/RIC form-factor “OK”. Somewhat functional with (large) headphones, but not ideal. No issues with glasses, sweat or (my) motorcycle helmet.
- No success with telephones. Chewing sound less offensive than with CIC.
- Battery life was good.