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There are workdays and weekends, and each has a multitude of environments. So, how do we handle that without constantly fiddling with our hearing aid settings? Well, I have a collection of memories (some geotagged and custom, some not) that I have for various environments and moods.
Let’s start with the workweek.
Monday through Friday, I know I will have at least six meetings throughout the week, if not more. Some are in small offices, a few are in a cafeteria or large conference rooms. One or two could involve speaker phones. I get coffee or tea Tuesday and Thursday at a coffee shop, and I have lunch outside around 1 p.m.
This is my memory breakdown during the typical workweek:
- 7:30 a.m.: Coffee Shop – Coffee or tea is often an essential part of my day. So when I decide to hit up my coffee shop on the way to work, it’s nice to know my hearing aids are already prepared the minute I walk through the door. My Coffee Shop memory is geotagged for one specific location, and I used SoundSpace to help enhance speech over the obnoxious whistling of coffee pots or steaming milk (downplay the treble, heavy on the bass).
- 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Normal – In the mornings, I come into the office and like to be aware of everyone starting their day. It makes me feel like I’m part of a really loud, happy family. Normal memory does this by taking in sound from all around me — omnidirectional focus.
- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Normal 2 — By 10 a.m., I’m done feeling social and am eager to retreat to my own little cubicle world and write for hours on end. I switch to Normal 2 memory so that the only time my hearing aids are hyper-focused on speech is when I’m having conversations up close. Unlike Normal, the Normal 2 memory uses a more narrow focus with a directional microphone to focus only on speech from a speaker in front of me.
- Lunch time: Garden – While the outside patio is most assuredly not a garden, I enjoy my Garden memory because it allows me to soften the car traffic nearby while enhancing the speech of my lunch mates. It’s set to a pin-pointed location at work, so that it only turns on when I walk outside the lunch area with my sandwich in hand. No manual changes necessary.
- 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (afternoon meetings and phone calls) Normal 2 or Audio 1 – If I have an afternoon meeting in a conference room without a phone call, I like Normal 2 memory in order to focus on one speaker at a time and ignore any noise outside the conference room. (Tip: Shut conference room doors and grab a seat facing everyone to help make this even better). If there is a phone call in the meeting, I like Audio 1 memory to provide clarity for voices coming through crackly speakerphones. I also use Audio 1 memory for direct phone calls over the automatically programmed Stream Boost feature. I prefer Audio 1 because it’s adjusted for my phone listening preferences.
See below for how to set up customized memories for streaming calls, media and the car:
- 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (home, gym, home) Normal 2 and Audio 1— After work, I drive home, walk my dog and then hit up the gym. I like Normal 2 memory at a lower volume for all three, opting to focus more on what’s in front of me and at a lesser volume so I can relax. I use Audio 1 memory only if I feel the need to catch up on “Game of Thrones” during my time on the stair stepper.
- Dog Park – On the weekend, I love taking my dog to the park where she can swim in the river and play with about 20 other dogs. I have a Dog Park memory for this that is geotagged for our favorite park. I get to focus on my dog, enjoy nature and still be aware of other people and dogs. (Tip: If the park or place you go is a wide area, use the location that Maps auto generates, so as you walk around, the memory doesn’t switch back from the one you’ve created).
- “NAME” Restaurant/Brewery Memories—When my friends and I go out to eat, I like to either use the Restaurant mode already programmed into my Halo hearing aids or create a custom memory just for that restaurant. The same applies for any breweries or wineries we go to.
- Sports — On the off chance I get to head out to a Twins baseball game or visit St. Louis for a NHL Blues game, I have a unique memory called Sports that I created. I leave this one without a geotagged location because I use it so many different places. In this memory, I have lowered the hearing aid volume tremendously and enhanced bass sounds while softening treble sounds. Note: If the sporting event is too loud, I don’t wear my hearing aids, instead opting for some pink foam earplugs. (Or get even cooler customized earplugs like these here!
Over the weekend, I don’t use quite so many memories.
My weekends typically go one of two ways: bumming or active. If I bum it up, I only need Normal 2 memory because I don’t need anything more than that to chill on the couch and watch movies. If it’s an active weekend (usually the case), I use Normal 2 memory and Audio 1 memory for the gym again, Normal 2 memory for driving, and then have the following extra memories:
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