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Starkey Xino: Offering Options to the Discreet Hearing Aid Wearer

March 21, 2016

Starkey is an American hearing aid company with a world-wide vision to change the face of hearing aids as we know it. The company has been working diligently to offer smaller and better technology to those with hearing loss. For the past several years, Starkey has done a great job in this endeavor, offering better sound quality, improved noise reduction, less feedback and better connectivity to those with hearing loss. The latest hearing aid from Starkey, called Xino, was released in August 2011 and promises “something small that will deliver big benefits.” Xino is a receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid and is Starkey’s smallest RIC yet. It is the only RIC hearing aid using a 10A battery that offers a push-button control, which acts as either a volume control or memory selection. It also has a tcoil, which makes telephone conversations easier and connection to personal listening systems more attainable.

What Is a Reciever-In-the-Canal Hearing Aid?
Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids are worn behind the ear. A small tube carrying speaker wiring runs down the side of the ear to the receiver (speaker) in the ear canal, which then delivers sound to the ear. This design sets it apart from other types of hearing aids because it is discreet and allows for more power, allowing people with severe hearing loss to wear a small hearing aid for the first time without the worry of feedback. Starkey’s Xino offers what people with hearing loss are looking for: options in a small package.

Xino includes Starkey’s new Spectral iQ feature, a smart solution for people who have steeply sloping, high-frequency hearing loss, which is commonly seen with noise exposure damage and exposure to ototoxic (ear damaging) medications. Spectral iQ is Starkey’s frequency lowering technology.

What is Frequency Lowering Technology?
Imagine playing a piano with keys missing for the high-pitched notes. Trying to play a piece of music around those missing keys will distort the music. But, if you played the same piece of music in a lower key, it may sound a little different but you will hear all the nuances of the music that the composer intended. Frequency lowering technology works in the same way. It is designed to improve the clarity of speech by identifying high-frequency speech cues and replicating them in lower frequencies. This makes the sound a little different but research says that many listeners don’t recognize the change and if they do, they become accustomed to the difference relatively quickly.

Xino also includes all of Starkey’s incredible performance features such as Voice iQ2, PureWave Feedback Eliminator and HydraShield®2, Starkey’s proprietary moisture protection technology designed to repel wax, oils and moisture. With its discreet style and many options, the Starkey Xino promises to be highly sought after and Starkey proves again that they are a leader in hearing aid technology advancement.

What Are Receiver In The Canal Hearing Aids?

July 13, 2015

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.

woman listening to gossipThe 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!