ReSound Multi Mic update

It’s been a long time coming, but here is my advice on the Resound Multi Mic based on my personal experience so far: if you are thinking of buying one of these, try before you buy if possible, and whatever you do, don’t have it set up on 100% multi-mic instead of a 50/50 multi-mic and hearing aid mix, unless you are a hermit.

Also, don’t leave your charger where the office tea leaf will nick it the first time you plug it in. The Multi Mic spent its first three weeks of use in its box with a dead battery because I was afraid to flout the manufacturer’s dire warnings about not using a generic charger with their product. Unfortunately, there’s no obvious way to get a replacement ReSound charger, but the nice people at Connevans supply a generic one which works perfectly.

The good news is that, when plugged straight into the telly, the Multi Mic improves speech discrimination on poor soundtracks markedly, and I’ve actually been able to pick up bits of dialogue that the normal hearing Spouse has missed. It genuinely is amazing. The downside is, that with tulip domes currently acting as earplugs when the aid mics are muted, I have no awareness that The Spouse is speaking to me when he’s asking me what someone just said, for a change. As a temporary fix, I tried switching one aid to wireless Multi Mic and the other to The Spouse, but in mono you don’t get the benefit of either and I’ve now just given up until I can get the settings changed.

The other big disappointment is that my fabulous NHS Resound Up Smart paediatric mini bte aids seem to be the only version of the ReSound aids which are not recognised by the ReSound Smart app which allows you to use your smart phone as a remote control for your hearing aids and Multi Mic. Probably because it’s intended for babies rather than 50 year olds. Explains the too-tight grip on the ear cartilage as well. I had to trawl deep (for me) into the online specs to discover that it wasn’t just my ineptitude which was preventing the aids from pairing to the iphone, but you can find the information a little more quickly in the ReSound pdf here should you need to.

My final gripe is the most devastating, though. Before I used it, I was worried that there might be a time delay on the sound transmitted by the Multi Mic, but this is not the case and there is no noticeable delay on your conversation partner’s voice or line in audio input from tv, etc. However, I have found that when the Multi Mic is clipped to someone else for conversational purposes, it picks up my own voice at almost the same volume as theirs and adds a very noticeable time delay (to my voice only) which prevents me from speaking. Think very bad satellite phone connection, or highly effective Delayed Auditory Feedback weapon. Since conversing with others in noise is the task I primarily bought the Multi Mic for, I am pretty gutted and have not even tried to use it at work with students. They think I’m a total weirdo as it is.

It has to be emphasised that some of my problems may be down to the settings rather than the product, so I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve seen the extremely helpful audiologist at Clinic O. In the meantime, if anyone out there has any experience of these things, I would be most grateful for any tips or pointers for solving the Delayed Sound of My Own Voice problem…Delayed Sound of My Own Voice problem…Delayed Sound of My Own Voice problem…

11 Responses to “ReSound Multi Mic update”

  1. 1 roseclara January 2, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Most microphone gadgets have directional settings hidden under multiple button presses, holds and combinations of flashing lights in a cornucopia of colours. Getting the mic set so it points only in one direction, figuring out which direction that is, then making sure it points at them and away from you is the golden goose. Then you have to get the other person to stay still, not sneeze (owwwwwww!!) not wear jingly necklaces and clinky bangles, not suddenly remove a scarf that’s touching the microphone…

    • 2 moiradancer January 3, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      I’m not convinced I’m going to find that golden goose, especially with the current 6 month follow-up appointment waiting times, but maybe I’ll be luckier than I’ve ever been in my life and hit the jackpot first time. Either way, I’ll be sure to video the proceedings, they’ll be highly entertaining once the profanities have been bleeped out 😉

  2. 3 Cookiebiter in denial spouse February 14, 2018 at 4:36 am

    You left us hanging. How are you doing? Still speechless?

    • 4 moiradancer February 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Was left hanging myself, the waiting time for follow-up appointments has risen to an incredible 6 months, so only got seen last week 😦

      Upshot is that the Multi Mic is now on 50/50 mix so I can finally hear the spouse and the TV at the same time. The downside of sound coming through the aids is that my covert comedy podcast listening pleasure on the train can be wiped out at any moment by any fellow passenger with a grating voice in the cookiebite frequency zone. I suppose it’s their unwitting revenge on the lone passenger laughing scarily to herself with talking hearing aids. I still haven’t had a chance to use the damn thing with students yet because I’m too chicken and feel somewhat conspicuous, although that’s rich coming from the woman who has no shame in carrying a wall clock around to tutorials because she can’t see her wristwatch any more!

      Will try to do an experiment soon with the student group who are least likely to fall about laughing while I fiddle with glasses, hearing aids and multiple button presses on multiple pieces of equipment simultaneously!

      Thanks for asking me about it, I’ll update soon, promise!

      • 5 Cookiebiter in denial spouse February 19, 2018 at 4:20 am

        Dear Moira,
        Thanks. I forgot to mention that once I dropped on your blog I couldn’t stop reading it cover to cover. Impressive overall with excellent positive attitude. I with my spouse in denial would have such an attitude.

  3. 6 Chris February 16, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Hey Moira,

    Just wanted to say that this is a very interesting and funny blog you have. I myself, am not a cookiebiter but have it pretty bad in my left ear above 2000hz (since birth). I started reading your blog after I was told a few weeks ago that I’d be getting an aid fitted after waiting until I was 32 before doing anything about it (so I’m also getting an MRI! Woo! Brain photo for the downstairs loo and proof to my wife that I have one!). I am also NHS Scotland but a bit more northern in Tayside. Yesterday I was fitted with a beige Danalogic i-fit 61 (no volume control and sexy colour!) and having read your posts prior to the fitting, I wasn’t scared to ask the audiolgist to turn it up a bit. After leaving the hospital I realised that it’s pretty hopeless at anything except making the TV louder when I don’t need it to, so I’ve now made a list of all that’s bothering me. If I hadn’t read about how it’s ok to tell them if it isn’t working, I would have probably suffered with it for as long I have it so thank you for helping with my confidence. Keep up the good work!

    • 7 moiradancer February 17, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Hi Chris,

      many thanks for letting me know you’ve enjoyed reading the blog, and it’s also nice to hear that it’s been helpful. Go easy on the initial volume adjustments if you’ve got no control on the aid itself, I’ve happily skipped out of Clinic O on many occasions, only to have my head sonically blasted off by the first passing bus. I’ve often thought the hospital cafeteria would be a better place to test hearing aid fittings than the soundproofed room!

      Hope all is going well with your new beige friend. The Danalogic is a decent aid, and once you’ve got used to it, it might take a few tweaks to get the most benefit in your own particular surroundings, but making a list is a good way to track your experiences. It also ensures that you don’t forget half the stuff you went in for, as I usually do!

      Good luck on your journey into sound, and feel free to update us on your experiences, I hope the waiting times are much shorter in Tayside than Glasgow!

      • 8 Chris February 19, 2018 at 12:06 am


        Will do hen. The list seems to be growing every day. Today was finding out that if I’m in a quiet room I get a wee bit of feedback but I think its because it doesnt sit right in my lug (custom mould) and the tube is too short. Wrapped a bit of thread round the tube to brighten it up a bit and I’ve been eyeing up nail stickers (wife is concerned!). Taking a drive over to Glencoe tomorrow to escape the new found noise! I will let you know how I get on when I’ve been to get it sorted and keep up the entertaining blog!

      • 9 Chris April 9, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        Well I’m back with a wee update on how I’m getting on. After a few weeks of getting used to my Danalogic I am pleased to say that my brain has adjusted to all the new found noise and only required a wee bit of tweaking at my follow up appointment. I had a different audiologist this time and she put me at ease and said that it’s ok if I need adjustments made (I don’t like to be a pain). She increased the volume at high frequencies, put a programme on so I can switch off the rear mic and put a longer tube on because the old one was digging a trench in the top of my lug! Next appointment is hopefully for a tube change in September. I’ve DIY’d some Star Wars charms using shoe charms and lawnmower fuel pipe that can snap onto the tube because I’m a giant man child. Thanks again for your help, you’ve made this experience a lot less daunting for me!

      • 10 moiradancer April 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

        Hi Chris, thanks for the update, good to hear that the Danalogic is working well for you and that your audiologist is helpful. Your experience will be encouraging for anyone else on the verge of taking the plunge.

        My sympathies on the ear trench, it’s an exquisitely painful spot when irritated by tubes. Bizarrely, my first aids started out with No 2 tubes, and the size has now shrunk to my current baby-sized No 0. Whether this is evidence of a shrinking head remains to be seen, but it means a few less available millimetres on the decorating front. Could mean the difference between Darth Vader and Yoda for you!

      • 11 Chris April 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm

        I actually have no idea what size my tubes are! I’ll have to ask when I’m next in. I found that the lawnmower pipe is the perfect diameter that I could cover my whole tube in it’s transparent blue magical-ness! I have a Yoda and a Darth Vader! 😃 I also have some Game of Thrones and Outlander ones. Got a few Disney ones for trips to Disneyland. Need to get busy with the nail transfers now that I’m not back in for a while. Gotta be careful though, wife’s deeply concerned for me but I refuse to leave it as is. A wee boy remarked on one of my charms and his mum gave him the look that says “Don’t draw attention to it” but I took pleasure in telling him all about it and he was well impressed!

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