Hearing Aids, What You Need to Know
The perfect hearing aid solution for every need and personal cosmetic preference.
Today’s modern hearing instruments offer an unbeatable combination of elegant design, high level of comfort, sophisticated digital technology that connects you to your world and lifestyle. They are small, discreet, stylish and powerful.
Three Types of Hearing Aid
There are three overall types of hearing aids, Behind The Ear, Receiver In Canal and In The Ear hearing devices. Within those three overall types, there are the following hearing aid model types:
- IIC (Invisible In Canal)
- CIC (Completely In Canal)
- MIC (Mini In Canal)
- MIH (Microphone In Helix, only available from Resound and Beltone)
- ITE (In The Ear), could be half shell or full shell
- BTE (Behind The Ear, can be Mini, Standard or Power)
- RIC (Receiver In Canal)
- RITE (Receiver In The Ear, just another name for RIC)
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Over the last few years Bluetooth enabled hearing aids or Made For iPhone hearing aids have become popular. Resound were the first hearing aid brand to introduce a Made For iPhone hearing aid when they introduced the LiNX platform in 2014. Since then, all of the major hearing aid manufacturers have introduced Bluetooth hearing aids.
Made For iPhone Hearing Aids
The Made For iPhone hearing aids are designed to directly connect to iPhones for the streaming of both phone calls and media audio. While these devices will also connect to Android phones, they will only do so for the use of apps, they will not allow audio streaming. Simply because,the makers of Android phones have not invested the development time to make that happen. However, that is changing. Resound and Google are working together to ensure that their hearing aids will connect in the same way to Android phones as they do to iPhones. It is expected that this may happen late this year or early in 2020.
Made For Any Phone
Sonova, the owners of the Phonak and Unitron brands amongst others developed their Bluetooth connection in a different way. Unitron’s new Discover hearing aids will connect to any Bluetooth enabled mobile phone for the streaming of phone calls and media audio. The phone does not even have to be a smartphone. They are the only hearing aid brands to offer Hands FreePhone Calls with their hearing aids.
That means that you can answer your phone call by pressing a button on the hearing aids and simply chat away. Your voice is picked up by the microphone on the hearing aid and transmitted back to the caller. No other brand offers this type of functionality at the moment.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
In just the last two years modern rechargeable hearing aids have exploded onto the market. Phonak were the first, followed quickly by Signia with lithium-ion powered rechargeable hearing aids. Other brands entered the market with a different type of rechargeable power unit using silver-zinc battery technology. However, there were many problems with the silver-zinc technology and most of the hearing aid brands are now offering lithium-ion devices.
Rechargeable hearing aids are outstanding devices which give freedom of use. A full day of power on one simple three hour charge. No need to worry about batteries.