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Want an Invisible hearing aid? We’ve got one!

July 18, 2016

If you’ve been doing any sort of research on hearing aids, you’re bound to have come across the lnSound Lyric extended-wear hearing aid. This little technology marvel stays in the ear canal for up to 4 months. It’s gotten rave reviews from audiologists and from wearer’s alike and has been featured on TV shows like Dr. Oz and The Doctors. But Lyric isn’t for everyone. In fact, research says that about 43% of those who could wear the Lyric (they’re hearing loss is appropriate, they’ve never had chemotherapy or radiation treatment to their head or neck, they aren’t diabetic, the ear canal is large enough) end up not being compatible with Lyric for some reason. Often, the reason is just the fact that the ear canal won’t accept it. So, what do you do if your ear isn’t right for Lyric or your budget won’t allow for it (subscriptions range from $3200 to $3600 a year)? There is a new alternative called the Invisible In The Canal (IIC) hearing aid. If you’re looking for small and Lyric isn’t an option, the IIC may be your answer.

The Starkey SoundLens is the first Invisible in-the-canal hearing aid that can be removed daily by the wearer. The size and invisibility may be the largest consideration for the majority of its wearers, but the SoundLens also offers exceptional sound quality. Using Starkey’s Voice IQ technology, the SoundLens improves hearing in the presence of background noise. It also incorporates Starkey’s industry-leading feedback management system while digital programming allows the instrument to be fully tailored to your listening needs
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The SoundLens is the ideal instrument for the active individual who requires a discreet hearing aid. Its sound quality and technology features are best-in-class and the size make it an ideal choice for those looking for a discreet alternative to the typical hearing aid. There are some drawbacks to the SoundLens to consider: because of its size, dexterity is a consideration. It also uses a small battery, which necessitates changing of the battery often. Starkey reports a typical battery life of 5 to 7 days with a 16-hour per-day wear time. Finally, the SoundLens won’t work for every ear. Starkey reports that roughly 60% of people with hearing loss can be fit with the SoundLens. The most common issue is size of the ear canal but it also works best for the mild to moderate hearing loss. Given these few drawbacks, the Starkey SoundLens is a great alternative for those who are looking for an invisible everyday-wear hearing aid.

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Invisible In The Canal Hearing Aids

July 20, 2015

 
In 1994 Starkey, an American manufacturer of hearing aids became the first to offer the smallest of the custom hearing aids, the completely-in-the-canal (CIC), to people with hearing loss. Since that time, technology advancements have allowed a rapid development in the miniaturization of hearing aids – even the smallest of hearing aids have gotten smaller. Starkey now offers a hearing aid they have deemed an Invisible In The Canal (IIC) hearing aid, called the SoundLens, offering an even smaller hearing aid to those looking the most discreet hearing aid choice.

Invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids fit deeply into the ear canal providing a discreet hearing aid fitting that is nearly invisible to the casual observer. Besides being small in size, the IIC delivers sound at close range to the eardrum which can improve the sound quality and volume. They are easily removed by a small strand of Teflon string which is attached to the face of the hearing aid. Potential benefits of the Starkey SoundLens hearing aids include a reduction of the occlusion effect, which is a perceived increase in the volume of the wearers own voice, an absence of wind noise and the ability to use the telephone without making modifications to the phone or the hearing aid.

Who Can Use Them?
The new Invisible In The Canal hearing aids are ideally suited for mild to moderate hearing losses, including individuals with fairly severe high frequency sensorineural losses. With Starkey’s amazing feedback suppression system, even those requiring quite a bit of power to overcome their hearing loss have the opportunity to wear a small hearing aid again. In all fairness, the IIC hearing aids are not suitable for all types of hearing loss and a thorough evaluation by an audiologist is the first step in determining if an IIC is the right choice.

How Much Do They Cost?
Amazingly, the Invisible In The Canal hearing aids can be very affordable. Talk to your audiologist about your hearing loss, your budget and what you need the hearing aid to accomplish in your listening environments and he or she will be able to help guide you to the best choice for your specific needs. Be sure to ask what comes along with the hearing aids (warranty, service, batteries etc) as these affect the cost as well.

Things To Consider
IIC hearing aids like the SoundLens from Starkey often require a more precise fitting than the typical custom hearing aids. Because they fit deep into the ear canal, the impression taking process must be more precise and may need to be redone if an exact fit isn’t achieved the first time. An exact fit means a comfortable fitting instrument in the ear canal and an excellent sound quality but to achieve the best outcome, the wearer may require several return visits to the audiologist before the fitting process is complete.

If you think that an Invisible In The Canal hearing aid might be the right choice for you, call our office for a no-obligation consultation with one of our Audiologists. We’d love to show you how great the new technology really is!

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Alleviate Your Concerns About Hearing Aids

June 29, 2015

 
Hearing loss has many repercussions. Failing to treat a hearing loss can lead to depression, frustration, insecurity, irritability, anxiety, cognitive impairment and social isolation. It can even be life-threatening if you can’t hear signs of possible danger, such as a stranger approaching you on the street. Despite these facts, only 20% of individuals who have hearing loss that could benefit from hearing aids choose to do so.

People choose not to wear hearing aids for many reasons. For some, they are not ready to accept the fact that their communication difficulties are due to their hearing loss. They prefer to accuse others of not speaking as clearly as they used to: “I can hear just fine. She just mumbles.” For others, cosmetics, or how a hearing aid looks in the ear takes precedence. The good news is that technology has made it possible for hearing aids to be virtually invisible. Many hearing aids manufactured today are so small that they can go almost undetected to the naked eye. No longer are they the “big shrimp” behind the ear like your grandfather used to wear. There are even hearing aids that are placed deep into the ear canal by your audiologist and stay there for up to four months! (check out Lyrichearing.com)

Another reason someone might choose to not wear hearing aids is because of the fact that almost everyone knows of someone who bought hearing aids and didn’t like them. This could be due to any numbers of reasons. Perhaps they received a poor quality instrument, they didn’t get it fit properly or didn’t receive enough counseling to use the hearing aids properly. Keep in mind that in most states, hearing aid purchasers have 30-days to evaluate the product in their own listening environments. If you find that the hearing aids are not providing the benefit you are looking for, the hearing aids can be returned with only a nominal fee. On a case-by-case basis, many audiologists are willing to extend the evaluation period longer if necessary. The goal of any good audiologist who has your best interests in mind is to find the right instrument that meets your hearing needs, however long that takes.

Still others may be intimidated by complicated terminology that seems to accompany hearing aids like, “digital signal processing”, “directional/dual microphones”, or “compression circuitry”. In many ways, the more advanced the hearing aids are, the less the person wearing them has to do. For example, digital hearing aids have automatic volume controls to adjust accordingly for soft, medium, and loud sounds. They can also change the workings of the hearing aid when it gets noisy, without you having to tell it to do so. Hands-free operation with digital processing actually makes using a hearing aid much easier!

The most common concern for anyone considering purchasing hearing aids is the cost. Hearing aids can indeed be expensive but the improvement in your quality of life can be well worth the investment. Keep in mind that there is no tax on hearing aids and they will come with a manufacturer’s warranty, which can include repairs and replacement for loss and damage (a deductible may apply). Additionally, many audiologists include all office visits for fine-tuning and servicing the hearing aids for the life of the hearing aids in the total cost. If you are concerned about cost, talk to your audiologist. There are hearing aids to fit any budget. Be sure to ask about payment plans, as well. You might be surprised at how easily the cost of hearing aids can be accommodated.

The size of hearing aids, how they look, confusion about technology and cost are all valid concerns when you are considering the possibility of purchasing hearing aids. The best thing to do is to get your questions answered by a professional. Working alongside someone who has your best interests in mind can put your concerns to rest. Call our office today! We’ll be glad to help.

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Want an Invisible Hearing Aid? Try the Phonak Nano

April 27, 2015

After years of asking for a smaller, more discreet hearing aid, hearing aid manufacturers are finally listening to their customers. What those with hearing loss have been wanting is a hearing aid that fits deep enough into the ear canal so that it can’t be seen from the outside, but still offers the best that technology has to offer in the realms of sound quality and noise reduction. In recent years, the Lyric by Phonak has been the best choice for those who are concerned by the aesthetics of a hearing aid. The Lyric is an extended-wear hearing aid. This little technology marvel stays in the ear canal for up to 4 months. It’s gotten rave reviews from audiologists and from hearing aid wearer’s alike and has been featured on TV shows like Dr. Oz and The Doctors. But Lyric isn’t for everyone. In fact, research says that about 43% of those who could wear the Lyric (they’re hearing loss is appropriate, they’ve never had chemotherapy or radiation treatment to their head or neck, they aren’t diabetic, the ear canal is large enough) end up not being compatible with Lyric for some reason. Often, the reason is just the fact that the ear canal won’t accept it. So, what do you do if your ear isn’t right for Lyric or your budget won’t allow for it (subscriptions range from $3200 to $3600 a year)? There is a new alternative called the Micro Canal hearing aid. If you’re looking for small and discreet but Lyric isn’t an option, the micro canal hearing aid may be your answer.

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Phonak’s Nano micro completely- in-the-canal hearing aid is a daily wear instrument. This means the wearer places it in the ear canal each day and removes it each night. Batteries must be changed roughly every 4 to 7 days, which can be annoying, but it’s a small price to pay for those who are looking for a discreet option. While the size and invisibility may be the most appealing of the benefits the Nano has to offer, it also offers exceptional sound quality, noise reduction and feedback suppression. It is also available in two different levels of technology, giving those with hearing loss a bit of choice in a time when cost is a concern.

The Phonak Nano is the ideal instrument for the active individual who requires a discreet hearing aid. Its sound quality and technology features offer better hearing in the situations that are found to be most difficult. The size of the Nano makes it an ideal choice for those looking for a discreet alternative to the typical hearing aid. If you are curious if the Phonak Nano is right for you, call our office for a free consultation. We’d love to give you more information and discuss your specific hearing needs.

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