I am a maintenance guy in a mixed noise environment at an assisted living place. I wear the Kirkland 5.0 ( I believe you all call them something like the K5?) Anyway, my hearing loss is such that I just barely understand some phone calls but most of the time I can understand anything. It sounds like the caller has their lips up against the microphone and it sort of distorted. I know there are a few variables involved, my cell phone quality, their cell phone quality etc, but I'm looking for improvements I can make because lately I've found myself avoiding phone calls because I just can't understand. It's not the volume, it's the clarity.
We have Kenwood walkie Talkies at work and I can hear crystal clear on those. We have an old radio from the 70's at work that is very clear. The speaker on the phone is clearer for me to hear than over the phone. I don't use any assisted devices like the coil because it just doesn't work. I have a phone clip but I can't work with a little cable attached to my phone, besides which the Bluetooth program never stays on and it disrupts my normal hearing program.
I'm considering the new 7.0s and sacrificing for an iPhone (which I really hope I don't have to do) if the bluetooth is quick, seamless, automatic and doesn't change my normal work setting. I have to be able to answer the phone with one hand quickly in different environments while working. Has anyone had similar challenges?