Modern hearing aids for a modern world
Hearing aids are a great, non-invasive solution to hearing loss. Many users report that ever since they started wearing hearing aids, their quality of life has dramatically improved. In fact, many of them wish they had started wearing hearing aids sooner. The benefits are felt in every area of a person’s life. For example, hearing aids strengthen relationships with friends and co-workers because it improves communication. In addition, many studies show that hearing well can reduce stress, increase energy, and boost your mental alertness. In a world inundated with sounds, hearing aids can help you hear what you want to hear, while automatically reducing background noise.
With all the advancements in technology, it’s no surprise that there are many different hearing aid models. However, what all modern hearing aids have in common is their unbelievably small size. Both in-the-ear and behind-the-ear devices are the size of a coffee bean. In terms of technology, the latest hearing aids are basically mini super computers that use advanced algorithms to process sounds and deliver crystal-clear sound. Finding the right hearing aid depends on a number of factors. In this page, you will learn more about the different models, manufacturers, and more. If you have any additional questions, you can contact a hearing aid expert from hear.com for a free, unbiased consultation.
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If you’re looking for hearing aids with all the bells and whistles, then look no further than Premium technology. These devices offer more advanced versions of features found in the Basic and Mid-Range levels, making them the best solution for both active and sedentary lifestyles. Whether you spend your days indoors or outdoors, you will enjoy natural and comfortable listening. They deliver HD sound quality, directional microphones, digital noise/feedback reduction and self learning. Best of all, Premium level technology uses Bluetooth to wirelessly stream music, phone calls and more directly to your hearing aids.
Hearing aids with this technology level are great for people who live a more active lifestyle. These devices provide good sound quality, even in complex listening situations. Examples of places where you can benefit from wearing Mid-Range level devices include large auditoriums, family get-togethers, sporting events and restaurants. Mid-Range level technology gives you the ability to change listening programs and improve listening comfort in any setting.
In addition, many of the features are automated, which removes the constant need to manually adjust the settings. Some of these features include adaptive directional microphones and automatic noise reduction.
Basic level technology is a good solution for individuals who spend a lot of time at home and enjoy having one-on-one conversations. Devices with basic technology provide good amplification and feedback cancellation in quiet environments. Their basic features allow you to hear the TV at normal volume and understand your conversation partner clearly in small group settings.
Hearing aid styles
There are two main types of hearing aid styles: behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE).
BTE hearing aids: high-performance & discreet design
In their smallest form, behind-the-ear hearing aids are about the size of a coffee bean, featuring a sound tube with a customized ear mold or external receiver placed in the ear canal. BTEs are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. This type of hearing aid is generally available in various sizes and styles depending on your preferred performance and battery strength.
ITE hearing aids: customizable & virtually invisible
Since it fits directly inside the ear canal, in-the-ear hearing aids are virtually invisible. Due to their small size, ITE devices are best suited for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Additionally, whether or not you can use an ITE device depends on the amount of room in your auditory canal. (Our local Partner Provider will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation in order to fit you with the right style of hearing aid.)
The top hearing aid manufacturers
Some of the top hearing aid manufacturers who are leading the way in innovative hearing loss solutions include Signia, Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, and more. These companies are continually developing new technology, more advanced features, and greater ease of use with wireless connectivity. All these new and exciting things are guaranteed to improve your overall listening experience. At hear.com, we carry the latest devices from the leading manufacturers, so contact us today to learn more about how you can test them risk free.
Modern day hearing aids
Over the last few years, cell phones and computers have gotten smaller, thinner, and faster. But did you know that today’s hearing aids have also experienced the same type of innovations? In fact, they are like tiny, high-performance computers that are virtually invisible. Gone are the days of bulky hearing systems that were visible from 20 feet away. Now they are as small as a coffee bean.
The hearing aids of the past were highly visible and only made sounds louder. These new hearing systems use advanced algorithms to pick up voices and reduce background noise automatically. This mean you can sit in a restaurant calmly and enjoy great conversations with your friends while the hearing aids work seamlessly to reduce background noise. Another benefit of hearing aids is that they can be programmed to adapt to your current listening environment automatically and in real time. Digital technology also allows for the creation of different customized programs to address your personal hearing needs.
How do hearing aids work?
To put it simply: Hearing aids supplement our hearing. But how exactly do they work? Firstly, hearing aids are designed to receive sounds from the outside world, just like a healthy ear would do. To do so, they include microphones as part of the design, which take sounds and convert them into vibrations, and then into electrical impulses.
However, at this stage these signals are often too weak, and need to be amplified before they can be converted into something wearers can actually hear. Amplifiers inside the hearing aid casing do the job, turning even very quiet noises into signals that can be turned into audible noise.
The final part of the hearing aid is (usually) the speaker, which takes these amplified signals and produces noise. The precise sound level can almost always be finely calibrated, depending on the environment and the wearer's degree of deafness. Many hearing aids can also be calibrated to amplify high or low frequency sounds, again, depending on the user's needs.
What about more advanced hearing aid features?
This is a very simple picture of how hearing aids work, though. Modern devices include many additional features which enhance their abilities. For instance, modern hearing aids include processing units that can take complex noises and screen out ambient fuzz, zeroing in on conversations that are relevant to the wearer. They may also be able to soften any sudden, loud noises, helping to avoid shocks and damaging bursts of noise.
Many hearing aids are also able to pick up data via telecoils. Separate from the device's microphone, the telecoil can pick up specific signals from mobile phones, as well as transmissions from services like museum guides or lecture theaters. The precise blend of features available is a key determinant of a hearing aid's cost, and it's always best to talk about your own individual requirements with a hearing professional to ensure you get the right blend of functions.
hear.com’s exclusive Hearing Success Program
The Hearing Success Program is a very simple and effective program that allows you to experience the benefits of wearing hearing aids – without any financial risks attached! We’ve helped over 200,000 customers across the country achieve hearing success with our guided training plan. This unique service is offered exclusively through hear.com, completely free of charge and with no obligations.
The way it works is simple: you’ll receive a guide in the mail containing tips and exercises for you to do at home. The purpose of this guide is to retrain your brain to hear those sounds you were missing and help you get used to your new hearing aids. After 30 days, you will have achieved hearing success!
We want you to enjoy the positive effects hearing aids have on your health and social life before you make the final decision to keep the devices. If you don’t notice significant improvements in your hearing within 30 days, simply return the devices and get a full refund – 100% money-back guarantee. However, we are confident that with our comprehensive support and hearing training plan, you won’t need to return your hearing aids. Contact us today to learn more about the Hearing Success Program.