In general hearing aids fall into two design categories; in the ear (ITE) and behind the ear (BTE) aids.
In the ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom made for the wearer and as a result offer the best cosmetic option. Due to their compact design there are often compromises with regards the components that can be fitted within them.
Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids are often seen as offering a poor cosmetic option and are highly visible. However, they do offer the possibility to add extra components such as microphones and wireless connections. Behind the ear hearing aids are generally more robust than ITE aids and now generally offer water and dust resistance.
Receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aids offer a blend of the benefits of both in the ear and behind the ear hearing aids. By removing the speaker from the main body of the hearing aid and placing it in the ear the visible portion of the hearing aid can be made much smaller. At the same time the aid can retain the extra components and functions of BTE aids as well as water and dust proofing. The improved cosmetics of RIC aids combined with acoustic advantages mean that they are becoming a very popular choice for clients seeking the ideal balance between cosmetics and technical performance in their hearing instruments.
Following the recent launch of the new Moxi Now hearing aids from Unitron I received my first pair for fitting next week. when I opened the box I was truly shocked at how small they are. The Moxi Now aids are fraction of the size of Unitron’s existing Moxi Kiss aid, yet still packs all the same features.
This image shows the dramatic size reduction of the Moxi Now, whist still retaining the wireless functionality of the larger aid.
Phonak have launched their latest line up of hearing aids which for the first time include a rechargeable option.
The Audeo Belong range of hearing instruments are based on a new operating system; Autosense OS allows the hearing aid to automatically adapt to their surroundings and by blending between different features they are able to select up to 200 different sound settings.
The rechargeable Audeo-B-R hearing instrument is the longest lasting rechargeable hearing aid ever and offers up to 24hours use after just 3hours charge.
If you would like to make an appointment or discuss your hearing needs please do not hesitate to contact me.
Many modern hearing aids feature wireless technology. Wireless communication allows sound to be transferred into the hearing aids directly from sound sources such as mobile phones, tablets or televisions. Although for many people such features would not be beneficial as they do not use such devices, or they do not want the complexity of introducing additional wireless devices. There are however wireless features that are less obvious that all hearing aid wearers can find beneficial.
Binaural Spatial Processing
Binaural spatial processing sounds complicated, however simply put it is the ability of a pair of hearing aids to work together to help pick out voices in noisy or group situations. A simple example might be a noisy restaurant, when somebody starts talking on the hearing aid wearer’s right their right hearing aid detects this and tells the left hearing aid to reduce its sensitivity, therefore helping to emphasise the voice above the background noise.
An example of this technology is SpeechZone 2 which is featured in the current range of Unitron hearing aids. SpeechZone 2 automatically adjusts the sensitivity of the microphones on the hearing aids to track speech in any direction around the hearing aid wearer.
When using the telephone sound will be transferred into both ears simultaneously. Binaural phone enhances the clarity of telephone conversations and provides balanced conversations.
Wireless technology in hearing aids can be beneficial for all people. If you would like more information, or would like to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me.
Unitron have announced their latest product the Moxi Now.
The Moxi Now is the smallest wireless receiver in the canal hearing aid in the world. The Moxi Now is fully featured and includes technology such as SoundNav so the hearing aids automatically adjust to suit their environment. The inbuilt wireless technology allows the aids to communicate with one another to improve their performance in noisy situations.
The Moxi Now will be available in October this year.
If you would like to make an appointment or need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
In warm weather condensation build up inside hearing aids can be a problem which leads to failure of the device and the need for it to be repaired.
Heat and perspiration from the hearing aid wearer can build up inside the hearing aids. Thankfully drying capsules offer a simple solution, gel inside the capsules absorbs the moisture inside the aids overnight and therefore prevents problems in the future. Simply seal the capsule with the aids inside the container.
For those looking for a more high tech solution the D-Dry system from Phonak offers a electronic drying system which also acts to sanitise the hearing aids.
If you would like to place an order or discuss your hearing needs please do not hesitate to contact us.
FlexTrial from Unitron is an amazing piece of technology now available at CMD Hearingcare in Leeds and Yarm areas. The system allows people with hearing loss to experience wearing hearing aids before making the decision to purchase.
Hearing aids are available in many different configurations, it is important to match the features and technology within the hearing aids to the lifestyle of the person who will be wearing them. Through a discussion of your lifestyle we would aim to find a hearing aid that matches your needs. Now however, the FlexTrial system gives us a much more precise and individualised method of finding the right match for your hearing needs.
When using the FlexTrial system the wearer is able to hear how the hearing aids sound and see the benefit they get, in addition the devices gather information about the sort of situations the wearer finds themselves in and the features and technology that would be beneficial. Following the trial period we can review the information stored in the hearing aids and therefore make an informed choice regarding the type of aids that would be most beneficial.
The FlexTrial is a fantastic opportunity to take the guess work out of getting hearing aids for the first time. They allow you to experience using hearing aids and then make a truly individualised and informed choice about what will be beneficial for you.
Unitron has created a great video that shows the FlexTrial system in action and their benefits.
If you would like to discuss your hearing requirements or experience FlexTrial please do not hesitate to contact me.
When you decide to get hearing aids for the first time what should you expect?
It is important to realise that using hearing aids cannot return your hearing to normal, however they will make speech clearer and make listening easier in many situations. Modern hearing aids are capable of adjusting themselves automatically to suit the listening situation making them more useful than ever.
Hearing aids take time to get used to.
In general changes in hearing ability occur very slowly and are not noticeable from day to day, as a result you get used to living in a quieter environment. When you first start to use hearing aids you are reintroduced to a range of sounds that have not been heard for some time and may at first be unfamiliar. Over time, with use you will acclimatize to hearing new sounds and adjust to hearing at the new level. To start with some of the new sounds you are exposed to may be irritating, however it is exactly these sounds that are going to make voices clearer and listening easier.
FlexTrial is a wonderful innovation from Unitron that helps me and my client find the perfect hearing aid for them.
A recent client proved a perfect example of how the technology can help to match a hearing instrument to the lifestyle of the wearer. My client in this example works in a school and as a result encounters a number of different listening situations such as in the classroom, with children in small groups, as well as quiet conversations at work and home.
After two weeks of use the hearing aids recorded the different situations that the wearer found themselves in, software can be used to show the settings that the hearing aids applied and as a result what specification of hearing aid would be most beneficial.
In this example my client works as a teacher in a school, the hearing aids recorded that the wearer found themselves mainly in small groups and in noisy situations. The situations the hearing aids identified accurately reflected the situations the client found themselves in at work. Based on the information gathered the client could see the effect of choosing different types of hearing aid and make an informed choice regarding the aid that best matches their lifestyle.
FlexTrial is an excellent tool that is extremely useful in helping clients find the ideal hearing aid for them and take the uncertainty around matching it to their requirements.
The latest Phonak hearing aids allow the transfer of settings easily between different hearing aids even if they are different models – excellent for clients replacing lost hearing aids and extremely useful in busy NHS clinics!
Here is a tutorial for transferring settings in the Phonak Target software: