With a new digital chip called Era that out-performs all of its previous generations of hearing aids, Unitron joins three other leading manufacturers that offer true wireless technology to those with hearing loss. Wireless technology allows the hearing aid on one ear to communicate with the hearing aid on the other ear, improving sound quality and noise reduction capabilities. Wireless technology also allows the hearing aids to connect to personal listening systems such as MP3 players, stereo systems, cell phones or to a television. The new Era chip is a more advanced system that allows for better manipulation of sound to improve the listening experience as well as allowing for faster processing of sound coming into Unitron’s new families of hearing aids, Quantum and Moxi.
The Quantum and Moxi families of hearing aids incorporate the new Era chip and were developed to offer better understanding of speech, especially in background noise. They also promise a more natural sound quality. Both Moxi and Quantum are offered in three different levels of technology, allowing those with limited budgets to have access to the latest advancements in sound processing, noise reduction, feedback management and wireless connectivity. Quantum is available in the behind-the-ear (BTE) style as well as custom pieces that fit in the ear. Moxi is a canal-receiver technology (CRT) which places the speaker of the hearing aid in the ear canal while the body of the hearing aid, which holds the working parts of the hearing aid and the Era sound processing chip, is housed in a discreet case that sits directly behind the ear.
Quantum and Moxi both have four signature features that set them apart from other hearing aids available:
• SmartFocus is an automatic feature which provides optimal speech intelligibility when necessary and at other times, offers a comfortable listening environment when sounds might otherwise become too loud or distorted.
• Pinna Effect provides natural sound quality. Historically, behind-the-ear hearing aids have had a difficult time correcting for the wearer’s poor ability to find where sounds are coming from, called localization. When the microphones of a hearing aid sit outside of the ear, the natural localizing effect that the shape of the outer ear allows, called the pinna effect, is lost. The Pinna Effect setting in Quantum BTEs and Moxi CRTs corrects for the fact that the hearing aid sits outside of the outer ear (the pinna).
• Natural Sound Balance is focused on making sure that natural sound coming into the ear canal from the environment blends with the amplified sound coming from the hearing aid. The result is a clear and balanced signal.
• Wireless connectivity provides ease of use to the wearer. The broadband wireless technology in the Quantum and Moxi family of hearing aids allows for communication between hearing aids and gives the wearer more freedom with the hands-free use of personal listening devices such as an MP3 player or cell phone. With an accessory called the uTV, wearers can also connect wirelessly to television.
With Quantum and Moxi, Unitron is able to offer the features that those with hearing loss are looking for. The new hearing aid families both promise to be industry-leaders and are a significant step forward in Unitron’s technology offerings.
Widex is one of the most well-known hearing aid manufacturers in the US. In fact, they were the first company to offer digital hearing aids. Since then, there has been very little to set them apart from other manufacturers. Until now. Widex is one of only several manufacturers to offer wireless hearing aid technology. After a long wait, the Clear is now available to consumers and promises to be an industry leader.
The Clear features wireless communication between a pair of hearing aids being worn simultaneously, providing a richer, more realistic sound quality for its wearers. Most hearing aids take information in through the on-board microphone and then the sound is changed in the processor and returned to the ear canal. Each hearing aid acts alone. The changes one hearing aid makes to the sound may differ from the changes made by the hearing aid on the other ear, effectively giving the brain two different representations of the sounds in the environment. With the technology in the Widex Clear, the information coming in to the individual hearing aids is compared one to the other. Then the patented sound processing, noise reduction and feedback management systems work in tandem to improve the clarity of speech, resulting in an overall improvement in sound quality and a more realistic listening experience.
Along with communication between hearing aids, the new technology from Widex offers ear-level Bluetooth compatibility through its on-board wireless technology. With accessories that allow for direct communication with TV, audio equipment and cell phones, those wearing the Clear will experience high fidelity, echo-free stereo sound that is amplified specifically to meet the individual hearing needs of the wearer. Whether listening to conversation in a quiet environment or in a background of noise, on the TV or via cellphone, with new technology from Widex, everything becomes more Clear.
Once you’ve finally decided to move forward with the process of purchasing hearing aids, how do you know what hearing aid will be best? How do you decide between the many choices? Luckily, you won’t have to go back to school just to understand the jargon and technology behind hearing aids. That’s what a partnership with your hearing healthcare provider is all about. You can trust that he or she is going to suggest the best possible solution for your hearing loss as well as one that fits your budget. Part of that discussion will focus on the styles of hearing aids that are available. One of the more popular styles these days is the Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid.
The Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid or RIC is a type of behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. RIC’s consist of a case which houses the majority of the working parts of the hearing aid and a speaker/dome component. The case sits behind the pinna, which is the scientific name for the part of the ear that you see on the side of your head. In the case of the RIC, the case has a small speaker wire attached which travels down the front of the pinna and into the ear canal. The speaker itself sits in the ear canal and is responsible for producing sound. The dome on the end of the speaker is a small silicone cap that keeps the ear canal from being injured with the insertion of the speaker, while allowing for a comfortable grip on the ear canal itself, which prevents the speaker and its attached wiring from slipping out of the ear canal.
RICs can be used for mild to profound hearing loss. They are available in all the technology levels, making the RIC hearing aid a popular choice. One of the other benefits of this hearing aid is that it has a very effective moisture protection system, making it less likely to have corrosion over time. As the majority of the electrical components are located outside of the ear canal, the chance for earwax damaging the components is reduced as well. Both of these factors can decrease the likelihood of needing a repair and increases the life expectancy of the hearing aid greatly.
The Receiver In The Ear hearing aid is a great choice for just about anyone. Its smaller behind the ear components, the power availability and the fact that it is less likely to require repairs make the RIC a natural choice. If you’d like to know more about the Receiver In The Canal hearing aid, please give us a call. We’ll set up a no-obligation consultation so that you can determine if this type of hearing aid is right for you. Call Today! We’d be glad to help!