Do you know what modern hearing aids are capable of? They not only help you hear better, but they also let you live a far more satisfying life. New cutting-edge technology has shrunk hearing aids down to the size of a coffee bean – making them virtually invisible. Though small, these digital hearing aids pack a lot of power. They are equipped with automatic functions like feedback cancellation, noise reduction, and better speech recognition. Additionally, some of our modern hearing aids allow you to pair your smartphone, TV, or any Bluetooth-enabled device with your hearing aids. This feature allows you to stream not only phone calls but also music, movies and television shows directly to your hearing aids. The advanced technology of these invisible hearing aids makes hearing loss a thing of the past.
Don’t go another day without being able to hear your loved ones clearly. Contact one of our hearing aid experts today to learn more about taking advantage of this groundbreaking hearing aid technology. Let us help you explore the world of better hearing!
Which hearing aid design suits you best?
Hearing aid devices are available in two different types and designs: Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids or In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids. Whether worn behind or in the ear, contemporary hearing aids come in relatively small sizes yet are very sophisticated.
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
In-the-ear hearing systems are placed in the ear canal, which makes them highly discreet. In fact, people will hardly notice you’re wearing a hearing aid. To ensure a secure fit within the auditory canal, an ITE device has to be tailored to your ear. ITE devices usually treat individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. ITE hearing aids come in three different designs:
- Full or half-shell (aka “concha”) hearing aid: these devices are molded to fit the outer, visible ear area and are the largest in-the-ear devices. They are less inconspicuous than CIC hearing aids, but they are easier to operate and maintain.
- In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid: this type of hearing system is somewhat smaller than shell-style hearing aids and is worn deeper inside the auditory canal. They treat mild to moderate hearing loss.
- Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid: CIC hearing aids are fitted deep into the ear canal, making them almost impossible to detect. They require a particularly small battery that needs to be replaced regularly. This type of hearing aid is used to manage mild hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
BTE devices rest directly behind the ear. They have various configurations:
- BTE device with a regular acoustic tube: this hearing aid sits behind the ear and a sound tube connects the housing to the customized ear mold.
- Slim tube (ST) BTE hearing aid: this hearing aid is similar to the regular tube version, but its acoustic tube is extremely slim. The slim tube BTE is an even more discreet device that almost disappears from view.
- BTE RIC (receiver in canal) hearing aid: the RIC receiver sits in the ear canal. The weight of the housing or shell is reduced and the sound is amplified closer to the eardrum.
Today’s behind-the-ear hearing aids have several comfort enhancement features. They are small, lightweight, and can be matched to your skin or hair tone. These inconspicuous and high-performance hearing aids can effectively manage just about any kind of hearing loss.
Hearing aid functions
A modern hearing device works like a high-performance computer. Its sophisticated technology includes a number of digital functions that greatly facilitate life for people with hearing loss and improve the quality of their hearing health. The following technologies are integrated into many modern hearing aids:
Adjustment to special environments
Your hearing aid recognizes irritating noises and fades them out automatically. You can have a relaxed conversation even in a loud environment without being distracted by ambient noise.
Wind noise reduction
In old behind-the-ear devices, wind sounds were often amplified. Modern hearing aids suppress these annoying noises, making outdoors situations more enjoyable.
Suppression of reverberation
Speech intelligibility issues often occur when talking in large rooms (e.g. churches). Suppressing the reverberation reduces this effect significantly.
Optimization of acoustic perception in general
Irritating acoustic feedback is a common problem with hearing aids of the past. The feedback cancellation function eliminates this high-pitched whistling sound.
Impulse sound reduction
Modern hearing aids quickly detect sudden noises, like doors slamming or plates smashing, and reduces them to a comfortable level.
High-pitched sounds like birds chirping and children laughing can be easily lost. This function shifts these sounds back into an audible frequency range.
Your hearing aid automatically recognizes and distinguishes between a voice and background noise. Modern hearing devices enhance your conversation partner’s voice while filtering out background noise.
Modern-day hearing aids have integrated directional microphones that focus on your conversation partner. This allows you to have conversations even in noisy environments, creating a better listening experience.
The hear.com service
Modern hearing devices use digital technology, have a compact design, and include a number of advanced functions. The old, bulky hearing aid of your grandparents is a thing of the past. Contact our hearing aid experts and be amazed by the state-of-the-art technology now available. hear.com will help you hear better so that you can get the most out of everyday life. We want you to be able to enjoy life with all its sounds.