Today's hearing aid technology is incredibly sophisticated and can be customized to the unique hearing levels of each individual patient. They come in a wide range of styles and colors. All major manufacturers offer features that include noise reduction, speech enhancement, volume control, feedback cancelling, T-coils/loop options, Bluetooth connectivity, and accessories to meet your communication demands.
We routinely dispense hearing aids from the major manufacturers including:
We work closely with each patient to determine what the best style and options are to meet their needs.
In some cases, hearing aids alone do not meet all needs of a patient. The biggest complaints that we hear are listening in noise, on the telephone, or to the television. Depending upon the loss and lifestyle of the patient, additional devices may help to supplement where the hearing aid is not enough. Some features that are available today are Bluetooth hearing aids that connect directly to certain cell phones. The ability to listen to the telephone and television directly through the hearing aids, and remote microphones allow a patient to boost what they want to hear at a distance or in noise.
The other complaint we hear often is that of annoying ringing or buzzing in the ears. This is known as tinnitus. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, some of the devices today have programs to help manage the tinnitus.
Like any other technology, hearing aids have made significant advancements to offer a better listening experience. Some of the benefits are incredible! While hearing aids of the past would simply amplify sound, today’s hearing aids do so much more. The Oticon Opn S is a groundbreaking hearing aid that has opened up a new world of options for the user and taken the Open Sound Experience to the next level.
The Opn S is different because according to the Juul Jenson 2018 Oticon Whitepaper, it is the first device to deliver speech understanding on par with normal hearing. This means you can take a more active part in difficult listening situations and understand more with less effort. You can feel at ease in any setting, whether it is a busy restaurant or an event with multiple speakers. Now, you can thrive in noisy environments, just like people with normal hearing! Additional features include:
Remember, better hearing allows you to connect with the world around you and enjoy communication with the ones you love. If you’ve never tried hearing aids before—or it’s been awhile—try the Oticon Opn S! You’d be surprised how much a tiny device can impact your life and well-being.
Oticon has some of the most technologically advanced hearing aids on the market today. Along with BrainHearing technology and Own Voice Processing, Oticon has recently released three new hearing aids to provide you with a seamless listening experience.
The Oticon Xceed and the Xceed Play are the most powerful hearing aids for adults and children with severe-to-profound hearing loss. They both offer 360⁰ access to speech without the interference of background noise. This allows for a better listening experience as well as improved learning for children. The Xceed and Xceed Play feature groundbreaking technology that reduces feedback, such as static or whistling, so you can hear clearer and with better attention. Adults and children can control these devices straight from their smartphones through an app, creating more control and improved usability. The Xceed for adults comes in a variety of colors to match your skin tone or hair color while the Xceed Play includes bright, fun colors in addition to the neutral tones for younger users.
Oticon CROS hearing aids offer a revolutionary 360⁰ sound experience for those with single-sided deafness. CROS hearing aids include a transmitter with a microphone that wirelessly picks up sound and sends it from your poorer ear to your better ear with a hearing aid. This allows you to easily engage in conversations in different environments. Oticon CROS hearing aids feature OpenSoundNavigator and TwinLink dual-streaming technology so you can hear from all directions. This gives you the freedom to do what you love while enjoying a more natural listening experience.
In an effort to keep the patient hearing well, we recommend routine maintenance. These appointments ensure consistent performance from the hearing aids. Once a patient has completed a trial period, we schedule quarterly maintenance checks for the first year as the brain adapts to hearing well again and to be certain the patient is managing the use and care of the aids well. Semi-annual checks are then scheduled for as long as the patient owns the hearing aids.
Hearing aids, like any form of technology can break down over time. Fortunately, most issues that arise can be addressed through simple maintenance steps or parts replacement. We like to keep the most common supplies on hand to avoid having to send aids to manufacturers for repair. In some cases, hearing aids will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Once the aids are back we will verify that the settings have been restored and get you hearing again as quickly as possible.
Hearing aids are mini computers focused on sound-scaping, and therefore require a power source. The batteries need to be changed, on average, once a week (unless rechargeable). We will work to ensure that the patient knows when and how to change batteries.
We are also very proud to be able to offer the Secure 4-Year Warranty, only available to EarQ hearing aid providers. Ask us about this during your appointment. Feel confident in your investment!
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