Hearing Aid Technology
Find the Best Hearing Aid for Your Unique Type of Hearing Loss
Our clinic offers a range of hearing aid solutions to meet the diverse needs of our clients. With advancements in hearing aid technology, modern devices are designed to seamlessly integrate into daily life. Our range includes discreet and small devices to high-powered models packed with features, all tailored to meet your unique hearing loss needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Choosing the right hearing aid requires careful consideration of several factors, including your type of hearing loss, lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences. Hearing aids are available in several technology levels, including basic, standard, advanced, and premium.
Basic hearing aids are suitable for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss and are the most affordable option. These devices offer simple sound amplification without extra features or technology. Standard hearing aids are a better choice for individuals who occasionally struggle with background noise and provide slightly more advanced sound quality and noise reduction.
If you have an active lifestyle, advanced hearing aids are best suited for you. These are designed to fit your life on the go and often include Bluetooth capabilities. Premium hearing aids are equipped with the most advanced technology and provide the most dynamic sound experience in various environments.
To determine the best level of technology for your needs, we recommend scheduling a hearing evaluation. Our provider can identify the root cause of your hearing loss symptoms and recommend the best hearing aid that meets your needs and preferences.
Types of Hearing Aid Technology
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
In the past, hearing aids commonly used disposable batteries that needed frequent replacement. However, rechargeable hearing aids have become increasingly popular and offer the convenience of overnight charging, similar to smartphones and tablets. These aids are ideal for active individuals who don't want to deal with the hassle of disposable batteries, and many manufacturers offer charging cases for on-the-go use.
There are many different varieties of rechargeable hearing aids available on the market, but they typically come in behind-the-ear (BTE) or in-the-ear (ITE) styles, rather than the smaller canal-worn styles. It's important to note that rechargeable batteries are usually non-removable, so if the battery needs repairs, you may have to go without your hearing aids for a while. Most models take around three hours to fully charge and can last for a full day of use.
If you use electronics like cellphones or TVs frequently, Bluetooth hearing aids may be very beneficial. With Bluetooth technology, these hearing aids can connect wirelessly to a range of devices, enabling you to enjoy improved sound quality directly from the source.
Bluetooth can be found in a variety of hearing aid styles, including BTE, ITE, and ITC, and different manufacturers offer various Bluetooth-enabled products and accessories. Wireless connectivity makes it simpler for hearing aid users to incorporate technology into their daily routines, whether it be making phone calls, attending virtual meetings, or watching TV.
However, Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can sometimes limit the microphone volume when connected to a device, making it challenging to hear sounds in your surroundings. Additionally, these hearing aids may require setup before use, so it's best to talk to your hearing healthcare provider if you need assistance.
Smartphone Connectivity and Apps
Hearing aids with Bluetooth capability usually come with compatibility for smartphones. This function enables you to directly stream calls and audio from your smartphone to your hearing aids. With this smartphone-compatible technology, your hearing aids function as headphones, making them an excellent option for hands-free phone calls.
Many hearing aid manufacturers have developed smartphone apps that synchronize with their hearing devices. These apps can be beneficial for individuals who move frequently from one environment to another, as they make it simple to adjust your settings. These apps generally allow discreet volume adjustments, saving sound settings for specific situations, and even offer sound therapy for tinnitus.
Water-Resistant Hearing Aids
Hearing aids perform better when they are kept clean and dry as moisture can harm their sensitive electronic parts. Factors like sweat, humidity, and rainy weather can affect the functionality of hearing aids. Fortunately, technology has advanced to make them more resistant to water damage.
While most hearing aids that provide protection against moisture are water-resistant, they are not entirely waterproof. Nevertheless, water-resistant devices can significantly reduce the chances of damage when exposed to small amounts of moisture. They are particularly suitable for individuals who engage in water-related activities like fishing, live in damp climates or sweat excessively.
Hearing aids are assigned IP ratings that indicate their ability to resist water and dust. When considering hearing aids, it's essential to discuss your lifestyle and habits with your healthcare provider. They can assist you in selecting a device with the most appropriate IP rating for your needs.