Which hearing aid is right for me?
At Jax Audiology, we understand that hearing is a vital sense and plays a substantial role in the everyday life of an individual. Hearing loss affects everyone differently and uniquely, which is why we have set out to provide our patients with the best possible hearing care available, with the knowledge and technology needed to guide you to a hearing aid that will perfectly fit your needs and lifestyle.
Each hearing aid manufacturer does something a little differently from it's competitor. They use different methods to control background noise, increase speech intelligibility, provide different external controls (or none!!)
This is why it is very important to listen to you, the patient, to determine which are the most important aspects of your hearing and lifestyle to address. Many times, patients will relate something in their experience or lifestyle which helps me choose which manufacturer can best deliver these qualities. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of having choices of different manufacturers to make each fitting as unique as the individual wearing it.
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid
- Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
- In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid
- In-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) Hearing Aid
Most parts of the BTE hearing aid are in a case that fits behind the ear. The case is connected to a plastic ear mold by a clear tube that wraps around the top of your ear. BTE hearing aids are used for all degrees of hearing loss, especially very severe hearing loss. BTE hearing aids can be made with special features, such as a telecoil that helps with hearing during phone calls and a directional microphone system that can help you hear voices in a noisy room. They may be better for children because of safety and growth reasons.
This design is by far the most popular style of hearing aid dispensed today. This device looks like a mini BTE with most of the components behind the ear. However, instead of a tube connecting to an ear-mold, a wire connects the case to a dome-covered receiver deep in the patient's ear canal. This can be either an open fit or closed depending on the hearing loss and patient comfort. These types of ear pieces are less visible than ear-molds used with BTE hearing aids. This style provides great sound fidelity, ease of use, durability, discreet appearance, minimal feedback and excellent hearing in noisy environments. They also reduce the feeling of fullness in the ear and can be more comfortable to wear..
The parts of the ITE hearing aid are in a case that fits in the outer part of the ear. It can be used by people who have mild to severe hearing loss. ITE hearing aids can be made with special features, such as a telecoil that improves hearing during phone calls and a directional microphone system that can help you hear voices in a noisy room. ITE hearing aids can be easier to handle than the smaller ITC and CIC hearing aids. Children do not usually use them because the case must be replaced as the child grows.
The parts of the ITC and CIC hearing aids are in a case that fits partly or completely into the ear canal. ITC and CIC hearing aids are used by people who have mild to moderate hearing loss. They are made to fit the shape and the size of the ear canal. ITC hearing aids can be made with special features such as a directional microphone system that can help you hear voices in a noisy room. Both ITC and CIC hearing aids can be damaged by earwax and fluid draining from the ear. And their small size may be difficult for some people to handle. They are not recommended for children.
Devices and Apps for faster and easier connectivity
The Signia myHearing App
Personalized care, anywhere.
Prepare to experience more than simply the best hearing aid technology with your new Signia hearing aids. Now, you can also enjoy the gold standard in support thanks to our revolutionary myHearing™ App. Developed by our audiology experts, it helps you become an experienced hearing aid wearer in as little time as possible.
The app provides all the support tools you and your hearing care professional need to usher you through a successful hearing aid trial, including guided assistance, personal progress monitoring, and the CareChat™ communication channels. You’ll be able to talk to your hearing care professional no matter where you — or they — might be.Download on The App Store OR Get it On Google Play
The Phonak ComPilot II
The all-in-one Bluetooth™ streaming and remote control accessory for clients with Phonak wireless hearing aids.
Up to 24 hours of streaming
The streaming time of Phonak ComPilot II increased from 10 hours to 24 hours compared to the ComPilot. Clients can enjoy long streaming time to watch movies, listen to music, or play video games without charging the battery during the day.
Built-in remote control for hearing aids
Phonak ComPilot has buttons that remotely adjust main hearing aid settings such as volume and program. Additional functionality allows a client to reduce surrounding sounds with a long press of a button, a helpful feature during music or phone streaming.
Binaural streaming in stereo sound
Phonak ComPilot transmits a phone call directly to both hearing aids and offers excellent stereo sound quality when watching TV or listening to music. It can also connect to a Roger/FM receiver or 3.5mm audio input.
Spoken messages and caller’s name for easy interaction
The ComPilot uses spoken messages to tell users the name of a caller. It also Informs the user about the different operation modes and status of the ComPilot. The spoken messages can be configured to different languages or speech levels.
The Oticon Opn™ App
Connect to your world.
Oticon Opn™ connects directly to your iPhone®, so you can use your phone like everyone else. Use your hearing aids like stereo headphones to talk on the phone or stream music directly to your hearing aids. Control volume and switch programs with just a tap of your finger.
A world of possibilities
Oticon Opn is the world’s first hearing aid that connects to the internet via the If This Then That network (IFTTT.COM).
Want the lights to turn on automatically when you switch on your hearing aids? Want to be notified in your hearing aids when someone’s at the door?
Explore the limitless possibilities available and craft your own connections to a range of IFTTT-enabled devices used in everyday life..
WIDEX BEYOND™ HEARING AIDS
With the WIDEX BEYOND™ hearing aid, wearers finally have a device that provides exceptional 2.4 GHz direct connectivity and leading-edge sound.
With a customizable app allowing full streaming functionality and control over their listening environment, hearing aid wearers are seamlessly connected anywhere and anytime.
And a highly innovative integrated signal processing chip-set design, with 100% independent channel separation, minimal delay filters and 4 A/D converters, means BEYOND provides wearers with the cleanest sound of any hearing aid in the industry – even while streaming. With WIDEX BEYOND™, wearers can confidently and effortlessly live life on their own terms. No matter what their pursuits and passions.