Oticon offers several hearing aid products for different issues, including performance, power and tinnitus. Some of their products include the Alta2, Nera2 and Ria2. Oticon offers next-generation BrainHearing technology, which helps to give the brain what it needs to make sense of sounds for a more natural hearing experience. Their products are able to provide up to 20% better understanding of soft speech, which allows the ability to hear more subtle nuances of a conversation. For someone also suffering from tinnitus, Oticon offers hearing aid versions that incorporate their exclusive Tinnitus SoundSupport feature, which works in conjunction with a tinnitus treatment plan to relieve tinnitus sounds. The company also offers the new ConnectLine App, which is a wireless media connection solution that is compatible with all Oticon wireless hearing instruments.
ReSound offers its ReSounds LiNX2 product, which is intended to provide top-notch sound quality and listening comfort through a vivid sense of space and speech. Its new Binaural Directionality II with Spatial Sense supports the brain’s natural ability to process sounds, which enables hearing with less effort. Its Spatial Sense gives a natural sense of where sounds are coming from and helps form detailed sound picture of surroundings. ReSound offers a large arsenal of hearing aid options in regard to fit, style, discreetness and for one’s lifestyle.
Like most hearing aid companies, Starkey is no different in its large offering of hearing aid options. They were one of the first companies to offer a “Made for iPhone” hearing aid that are made for iPhone (Starkey Halo) that can connect directly to the Apple watch and iPods as well. They also offer an impressive invisible product that rest in the second of the ear canal as well as receiver-in-canal options that are small and discreet. If you prefer an even more discreet option, Starkey offers a completely-in-canal aid that has only the tiny removal handle showing outside the ear canal. Others prefer a behind-the-ear (world’s most common style). Whether you desire an in-the-canal, in-the-ear, behind the ear, wireless or tinnitus-relief products, there truly is something for everyone’s tastes and hearing loss situation.
Widex has an extensive array of hearing aid products to fit almost every need. The Widex Dream hearing aid helps give true-to-life sound while Clear is Widex’s wireless hearing aid family that communicates instantly between each hearing aid, to give clear, detailed and natural sound. The Widex Super hearing aid line is a small-but-powerful receiver in the ear hearing aid that is for people with severe to profound hearing loss. It allows one to hear speech and other sounds clearly without any distortion. Widex’s Mind hearing aid family offers exceptional sounds with dedicated tone program that is intended to give relaxation and help managing tinnitus. WIDEX Baby440 is the only hearing aid designed specifically for babies, which helps give babies access to all the important sounds that are vital in learning to talk.
As with all technological devices, hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. The task of finding a good fit depends on your specific hearing needs and preferences. All hearing aids contain the same components: receiver (microphone), amplifier, speaker, battery, and program/volume control. Sound is received through the microphone, which is then amplified and then fed to your ear via the speaker. Hearing aids differ in the organization of these parts and how they are worn.
They also differ in their program specifications: some hearing aids are outfitted with T-coils, which allow people to receive magnetic transmission from loop systems, as well as telephone and Bluetooth capabilities. The two main kinds of hearing aids are behind the ear (BTE) and in the ear (ITE), with a few other specialized options such as in the canal (ITC) and completely in the canal (CITC). With many to choose from, we’ve put together an overview with options for you to consider.
BTE hearing aids consist of two major components: a plastic casing that houses the electronic parts of the aid and drapes over the back of your ear, and a plastic tube that is fitted in your canal to deliver amplified sound. BTE hearing aids are versatile in the range that they accommodate, from mild to profound levels of hearing loss. Generally speaking, they are chosen for their discreet design and ease of operation, especially for individuals who suffer from arthritis. The program and volume control are located on the plastic casing which sits behind the ear, making them easier to access. For individuals who wear glasses, BTE hearing aids might be inconvenient due to their design.
The receiver in canal (RIC) hearing aid is a form of a BTE hearing aid. In this case, the receiver is fitted into the canal of your ear, rather than housed in the casing that hangs behind your ear.
ITE hearing aids boast an ease of design: all components are housed in one piece that fits snugly into your ear. These are made from a customized mold of your ear, with the faceplate on the surface of your concha. Stylistically speaking, ITE hearing aids visible in the ear, with the volume and program controls located on the faceplate, making them easier to access than in the BTE design. ITE hearing aids accommodate a smaller range of hearing needs and are usually recommended for individuals who have mild to severe hearing loss.
These two forms of hearing aids are similar to ITE hearing aids in that all components are encased in one unit that fits inside your year. While ITE hearing aids are visible, both ITC and CIC hearing aids are visually undetectable and might be a choice for individuals who prefer to wear a discreet design. Like ITE hearing aids, both ITC and CIC styles are custom made from an impression of your ear to ensure a snug fit. The ITC hearing aid is slightly larger than the CIC, with the small face of the component slightly visible at the opening of the ear canal. CIC hearing aids are situated deeper in the canal, with a mechanism to remove and place the aid. Both ITC and CIC hearing aids accommodate levels of mild to severe hearing loss.
Though the variety of factors and options appear overwhelming, a consultation with your hearing healthcare provider will hone in on your specific needs and preferences. You will receive assistance on selecting one that simultaneously improves your hearing health while seamlessly fitting into your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with hearing professional Duane Smelser. He can test your hearing and help you find the right hearing aid for your unique hearing loss and your lifestyle.
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