The hearing aid has progressed in the electronic age to become a remarkable instrument, tiny yet powerful and packed with features that make listening a far better experience than in decades past. Bluetooth technology allows hearing aids to connect with smartphones and be controlled by apps. At Audiology Hearing Clinic of Mequon, we offer the most technologically advanced hearing aids by the top manufacturers, including:
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are available in many different sizes and styles thanks to advancements in digital technology and miniaturization of the internal components. Many of today's hearing aids are considered sleek, compact and innovative – offering solutions to a wide range of hearing aid wearers.
Various hearing aid styles we offer:
- In the ear (ITE) or full shell: These devices are custom-fit to sit in the outer portion of the ear canal and are ideal for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- Invisible in canal (IIC): These hearing aids fit deeper in the canal to provide an “invisible” appearance. They are ideal for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- Completely in canal (CIC): Custom-made to fit completely in the ear canal, these device have a small handle that sits outside the canal for insertion and removal. These hearing aids are designed for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): These devices are made to sit inside the canal with a small portion of the hearing aid visible at the opening of the ear. They are ideal for individuals with mild-to-mildly-severe hearing loss.
- Behind the ear (BTE): The bodies of these hearing aids are worn behind the ear with a small receiver in the ear connected by a slim tube. They are ideal for individuals with mild to severe hearing loss.
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip: The same build as a behind-the-ear device, but smaller and more discreet. Ideal for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- BTE with earmolds: Worn behind the ear, but utilizes an earmold for a custom fit and to boost listening experience. These devices are designed for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
- Receiver-in-canal (RIC): Similar to a BTE and ITC, the receiver sits in the ear and this device comes in miniature styles. Ideal for individuals with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Hearing Aid Batteries
An important part of using hearing devices is purchasing and installing batteries. These small, round batteries are available in four standard sizes: 10, 13, 612 and 675. The battery your device uses depends on the size and power required for the hearing aid to function. Smaller devices necessarily use smaller batteries.
We sell hearing aid batteries at competitive prices. We also supply batteries with each hearing aid purchase. Please call our office for more information.
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Many manufacturers make hearing devices that connect to Bluetooth devices. The hearing aids we fit today are miniature computers, complex and powerful enough to include wireless capabilities. Connecting to a cellphone or television has proven to be a great boon the hearing loss sufferers. They rarely need to turn volumes up to uncomfortable levels on their devices.
We offer a full range of wireless hearing aids and other accessories that enhance listening in any environment.
Cell phone accessories
Hearing aid devices are small computers that in many cases can communicate with other computer devices like cell phones directly or through Bluetooth technology. Other amplifying devices plug into your cell phone directly through the earphone jack. A neck loop that connects to your phone is worn around the neck and amplifies sound to your ears.
Cell phone accessories enhance your ability to hear your cellphone. We can help you choose the right product for your needs.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
As we see in many manufacturers’ descriptions of hearing aids, rechargeables are very popular and could soon eclipse replaceable battery devices in sales. Batteries for rechargeable hearing aids last months or years. There are now rechargeable batteries for many standard hearing aids that use regular size, standard batteries. Call Audiology Hearing Clinic of Mequon today to see if your devices are compatible.
Oticon hearing aids feature the company’s Opn™ technology which helps individuals interact more fully with those around them. The Opn hearing aid is available in five in-the-ear and three behind-the-ear configurations.
The Oticon Siya hearing device helps amplify specific sounds and uses Brainhearing™ technology that helps the brain understand sounds faster.
One complaint from hearing aid users is the difficulty of replacing small batteries. A new product available from Phonak is a rechargeable hearing aid – the CROS B-R. CROS technology allows hearing and understanding from any direction. These devices automatically switch to a setting that matches your listening situation so that one or both ears better hear speech.
Also, in the Phonak line: Virto™ B, Virto B Titanium and Bolero™ B. The first is biometrically calibrated to fit your ear structure better than was previously possible; the Virto B Titanium is ultra-light and very small, fitting in the ear canal; the Bolero B is a behind the ear unit designed to automatically mask noise and recognize speech.
Hearing aids have come a long way in their ability to isolate sound. ReSound hearing products change profoundly with the hearing environment and adapt to corrections, making them smart and comfortable. The ReSound LiNX 3D is an advanced digital hearing aid that helps distinguish speech in all noise situations. Surround Sound and Binaural Directionality III make it possible to hear speech from any direction since your hearing aids automatically sense the direction of voices.
One of the breakthrough features in hearing aid technology is rechargeable batteries. Signia hearing aids by Siemens offer the newest level of wireless charging. The Pure Charge&Go Nx hearing device is small and includes an inductive charger, tuning hearing aids off when charging and on when removed.
The Siemens Signia Silk is described as the “smallest and most natural sounding read-to-wear hearing aid.” It features a silicone sleeve that slips on the device and the hearing aid goes into the ear canal for near invisible use.
Signia also offers a full line of accessories that work with your hearing aid for radio, audio and television, as well as other devices.
The Widex EVOKE™ is the world’s first “smart” hearing aid. It interacts with your environment and electronically learns to adjust to noisy environments. The EVOKE has a smartphone connection that uses SoundSense to learn the difference between a quiet conversation and a louder gathering. Data helps the overall programming of the device over time.
Widex also offers the BEYOND™ behind-the-ear aid made exclusively for the iPhone, and BEYOND Z which is rechargeable.