The new Widex Evoke, what do we know so far?

Widex have been pretty tight with their information about the new Evoke hearing aid platform. While we know it is the first ever hearing aid that utilises machine learning, they haven't really been free with much else. This is what we have been able to find out so far.

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Widex announces new Evoke hearing aid platform

Widex announced a much awaited new hearing aid platform today called the Evoke, over the last couple of months they have been teasing a major breakthrough. The new platform will be the first ever devices to use machine learning to continually improve the sound for users. These are the first ever hearing aids to use any type of cloud based artificial intelligence.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Silver-Zinc Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries

ZPower rechargeable hearing aid battery technology is different from traditional hearing aid battery technology, it requires a different care routine; and as their batteries become more and more popular, they’ve recognized the need for some additional information to help users get the most of their experience.

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A Review of my Daily Experience With Moxi All

In this the final article of the Moxi All series, I review my daily experience and offer a round up of the hearing aids. I have to say I liked them a lot, they are versatile, offer a pretty good phone experience and Unitron have been very smart with the development and positioning of them.

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Reviewing the Audeo B-50, A pretty Solid Hearing Aid

I have had some experience recently with the Audeo B-50 and have a couple of customers using the devices. In general, it seems that the devices have performed above expectations. They seem like a pretty solid hearing aid delivering very decent results considering their technology level.

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My Experiences of Streaming With The Moxi All

I have been using the Moxi All for a while now and it has proven to be a pretty solid hearing aid. In this article I talk about my day to day streaming experience, the joy of hands free phone calls and the outstanding audio experience from the TV Connector.

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Blamey & Saunders Introduce New Hearing Aid Device

We don't support many online providers of hearing aids on Hearing Aid Know, but Australian hearing aid manufacturers Blamey and Saunders is one of them. They have just launched a new rechargeable receiver in canal hearing aid that they are calling the Facett.

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My first impressions of the Moxi All, pretty cool devices

I got my hands on a set of Unitron Moxi All hearing aids just recently, I have to say they are nice devices. I like the design, the thirteen battery system doesn't add much bul or weight, they have been pretty intelligent with the design of the rechargeable battery door. Overall, they are pretty nice hearing aids.

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Signia Launch New Rechargeable Pure nx Hearing Aid Model

Signia have quickly moved to widen their new nx hearing aid line up with the new Pure nx Charge & Go. Now Own Voice Processing comes in easy to use rechargeable. Let's take a look at the new device and what it has to offer.

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More News Leaks Out About The Unitron Moxi All

More news about the Moxi All has leaked out and it makes the aids look pretty impressive. Unitron have said that a full charge will deliver sixteen hours of use along with two hours of phone calls and up to five hours of TV streaming. Alongside that, there is no degradation in efficacy or limitation of features, the Moxi All will have all of the Unitron features working as normal at every level of technology.

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Unitron launch Made for all phones hearing aids, meet the Moxi All

We figured that it probably wouldn't be long before Unitron launched a Made For All hearing aid like their Phonak stablemate. However, in true Untiron style they have done so in their own inimitable way. Meet the Moxi All, the first ever rechargeable Made For All Phones hearing aid.

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The Veterans Hearing Fund, How is it Funded?

The Veterans Hearing Fund was set up to ensure that UK Veterans had access to the best equipment available to ensure they could live their lives. But many Veterans feel conflicted about what they perceive is making a claim against the British Legion. They couldn't be more wrong, this isn't a legal claim system in the normal sense, the Veterans Hearing Fund is in fact financed by fines that occurred because of the Libor Scandal. Let's take a look at it

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Meet The Naida B range From Phonak, Power and Elegance

The latest Naida range has finally been introduced, it means that all of the latest hearing aids from Phonak now run on the Belong platform. The Naida has become the go to hearing aid for people with severe to profound hearing loss and upgrading it to the latest platform and adding a rechargeable hearing aid option to the line-up will be welcomed by many

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Too Old! Cant Handle it! Hearing Aids & Quality of Life

I swear, if I hear I am too old, I might not live much longer, or I don't know, I can't handle these new technologies again, I might just shake someone. When are you too old for quality of life? When are you too old to learn something new? When are you too old to enjoy simple conversation? Let's talk about Cyrill Blewitt and why I think he rocks.

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Phonak announces an extension of their rechargeable range

I was glad to see the recent announcement from Phonak in relation to the extension of their rechargeable hearing aid options. For the first time ever there will be a reliable rechargeable super power hearing aid for people with severe to profound hearing loss.

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Now Hear This, A Review of Five In The Ear Hearing Aids

This is a guest post by Narry Nance of Network Testing Labs, they have undertaken a review of five different in the ear hearing aids that are available either online, or through an Audiologist in combination with an online retailer. While some of the review is a little technical, it is easy to follow and they have piced a clear winner in their own mind

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The Internet of Things and Your Hearing, Everything's Connected

In this departure from the norm, Dr. Tish Ramirez, the Sr. Manager of Education and Training for Signia delivers an article about the intertwining of different technologies and how it brings benefit to you in your search for better hearing.

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More Details on The New Starkey Muse IQR Rechargeable Hearing Aids

The new rechargeable hearing aids from Starkey are now available across international markets. It is of course a Lithium-Ion powered system and in a first for the industry, it is also offered as a CROS. That's the first rechargeable CROS available from any hearing aid manufacturer.

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27 Types of Cement and The Joy of Hearing

We take our hearing for granted really, that is until it has gone. A recent encounter in a UK airport reminded me of how much being able to hear enriches someone's life. Let's talk about 27 types of cement.

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Best hearing aids 2018, the ultimate insider tips

As we have done for a few years now, this article will be a constantly updated living document that details the very latest and best hearing aids from the biggest hearing aid brands during 2018. If you want to know what hearing aidss are on the cutting edge, then this is where you should start.

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Hearing Aid Innovations For 2018, What is Really Changing Hearing Aids?

Innovation this, disruption that, game changer the other, innovation is not new in the hearing aid world, but there are some things that occur that change hearing aids forever. So what will be the real game changers in hearing aids in 2018? Let's take a look.

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Hearing Aid Grants and Funding in the UK

Leading on from our Irish hearing aid funding article yesterday, I was asked about the hearing aid funding and hearing aid grants available in the United Kingdom. So here we go, what is available and to who?

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Questions about hearing aids in Ireland?

This article has a bit of an Irish connection, recently I was asked a few questions about hearing aids in ireland. Questions like, doers the VHI cover hearing aids, and are hearing aids tax deductible? So I figured it was time I wrote an article that covered most of the questions I get asked.

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Starkey announce hearing aids to have sensors to boost functionality

The Starkey Expo seems to have proved to be an exceptionally interesting one, not just new rechargeable hearing aids, but also a teaser about hearing aids that may change the feature set and use case forever. The teased a brand new hearing aid that included sensors that would not just track activity, but also detect falls and report them.

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Starkey announce launch of Muse IQr Lithium-Ion rechargeable aids

Starkey has announced that they will be introducing a new rechargeable hearing aid system this year called the Muse IQr. In a change in their direction so far, the new devices are Lithium-Ion powered. Here is what we know.

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The Little Book of Hearing Aids Updated For 2018

We have finally released the 2018 edition of The Little Book of Hearing Aids, we updated and expanded the information in the book in order that readers could have the latest information on hearing aids and the people who sell them.

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How Long Do Hearing Aids Last? Great Question, Let's Talk About it

I am often asked "How long do hearing aids last?" Most people have read somewhere that hearing aids need to be replaced every five years, that's not quite true. Hearing aids can last up to ten years and more, however, it is worth explaining the five year thing and why hearing aids may well end up dead as a dodo after ten.

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Hearing Aids and Ear Wax, A Real Nuisance

Ear wax and hearing aids, pretty much everything you need to know, why they go together, what the issues are and what you need to know about the effects of hearing aids on the build up of ear wax in the ear canal and the effects of ear wax on hearing aids.

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Which hearing aids work directly with an iPhone

Which hearing aids work directly with the iPhone is a question we get asked a lot, people seem to like the idea of direct connection without a streamer. So, I decided to write up a quick rundown on exactly what hearing aids are Made For iPhone.

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How Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a very difficult condition, the impact can range from mildly irritating to devastating. The condition is still not well understood, however, ongoing research has made things clearer. One thing that we do know is that when there is an accompanying hearing loss, that amplification helps. So how can hearing aids help with tinnitus.

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Why do hearing aids whistle?

Hearing aids, wonderful devices that can be sometimes infuriating, the most infuriating thing for many is a hearing aid whistling. So why do hearing aids squeal? That whistling is called feedback and it is caused by leaking sound generally. Let's talk about feedback, why it happens, what causes it, and what you may be able to do about it.

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Signia 7 NX, Models, Features and Tech Levels

In this the last article of three, I want to tie my experiences together and give a rundown on the features, models and technology around the newest hearing aid platform from Signia. Let's dive in.

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Signia 7 Nx hearing aids, Pure 312 7 Nx, Everyday Performance

I have enjoyed wearing the new Signia Nx hearing aids over the last week, they perform as well if not better than any beamforming hearing aid I have worn up to now. The addition of the myControl app and the ability to narrowly focus the directionality offers outstanding hearing ability in really complex sound situations. Let's talk about everyday experience with the Signia Pure 312 7 Nx.

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A review of the latest Signia 7 Nx hearing aids, Pure 312 7 Nx

I have been wearing a set of Signia Pure 312 7 Nx hearing aids for the last week and I am pretty impressed. Svelte, easy to wear, great in noise, connects directly to your iPhone and little or no problems with your own voice. Wait, there's more, let's talk about the latest Signia hearing aids.

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Time to think about treating yourself this Christmas

Just in case no one told you, Christmas is coming, whoop whoop. It is the ideal time for you to think about treating yourself to wireless hearing aid accessories if you are still having some problems hearing in certain areas.

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Widex Beyond Z Rechargeable Hearing Aids

An interesting conversation recently got me thinking, it was in relation to the Beyond Z from Widex. Anyway, the new rechargeable is finally ready to be delivered. The Beyond, Rechargeable, what's not to like right? I said to the chap from Widex, about damn time! He said, yeah, but it took us ages to get the CE approval. Let's talk the Beyond rechargeable option and an interesting insight.

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Oticon Hearing Fitness App Wins Award

Oticon fitness app represents an new concept in hearing healthcare, one where hearing health is part of a more holistic approach to health in general

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NuHeara IQBuds, Any Good For Hearing?

I got my hands on a set of IQBuds from NuHeara recently and I have been using them for a couple of weeks. I have to say, I am pretty impressed by the sound quality. I am also impressed by their performance when it comes to hearing processing as they label it. Are they a good replacement for dedicated hearing aids, probably not. However, at under 300 quid they do a pretty good job and they offer excellent audio streaming abilities from your phone. Let's talk about the IQBuds

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Why do hearing aids cost so damned much? The No Bull Guide

I get asked all the time, why are hearing aids so damned expensive? Well, the answers are both complex and simple. Part of it si down to research and design, part of it is down to "We got to eat!" Here is the no bullshit guide to why hearing aids cost what they do.

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My experiences with Oticon's OpenSound Navigator

Oticon's Opn hearing aids have an OpenSound Navigator feature, which replaces conventional directional microphones

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Oticon Opn - more than just a hearing aid

Oticon's Opn hearing aid is bluetooth enabled and works seamlessly with Apple and Android devices. It also connects to the Internet Of Things via IFTTT

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The New Telecare Features From Signia Will Change Hearing Care

There are a few times that something happens in hearing care that represents a paradigm shift. I think the new telecare upgrade from Signia is probably representative of that. I believe it will probably change the face of hearing care and how you have your hearing aids adjusted forever. Let's take a look

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Signia Launch NX Hearing Aids Platform

Details of the new NX platform from Signia are starting to leak out, a completly new dual processor set up, better own voice experience, Made For iPhone and a new "open" directionality system. Let's take a look at the details that are available.

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We will be live at the latest Oticon launch event

We are attending the latest Oticon UK launch event and we will be live blogging, you can keep updated on the day here.

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Hearing aid releases abound at EUHA 2017

It is EUHA time again and as expected some of the hearing aid brands have announced new ranges of hearing aids. Widex and Signia have made announcements today of new hearing devices and we expect more details to follow.

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Why you don't need hearing aids, the lies you tell yourself

There are many standard reasons that people give for not using hearing aids, the biggest is the "My hearing isn't that bad". Let's take a look at that little cherry and all the others. Strap yourself in though, I ain't going to be gentle.

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A hearing aid that knows its owner's voice?

People always hate hearing a recording of their own voice. Hearing aid wearers just usually hate their own voices full stop. Signia may have fixed that problem

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What could be possible for hearing aids in the future?

Hearing aid technology is changing as is cultural acceptance of the devices. Changing technology outside the hearing aid world is also beginning to play its own part. I wanted to explore what may be possible, what will a day in the life of a hearing aid user look like in five or ten years time?

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Dealing with wind noise when wearing hearing aids

Wind noise is a real problem for hearing aid wearers. Depending on what hearing aids you have this can be a very loud noise that more or less makes your aids unusable on windy days.

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The Audeo B-Direct is Fully Introduced, What Do You Need To Know

The Audeo B-Direct has now been fully introduced across the US, the UK and Ireland. We have the full run down on the hearing devices and the important things you need to know about them to make an educated decision about purchasing

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Oticon Opns, Hugely Successful, Well Received, What's Different?

As Steve's recent article suggests, the Oticon Opns are very different hearing aids than much of what has gone before. They have been hugely well received and it seems that most people are really happy with them and their performance. But what is different and what do you need to know about them?

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Buying Obsolete Hearing Aids, Good Move?

I have noticed on a few web sites that some slightly older hearing aid technology is marked Obsolete, Do Not Buy, but is buying older hearing aids bad? Maybe not, in fact buying older hearing aids at a good price might just be a really good move.

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Hearing Aids? No, Ecosystem Solutions For Profound Hearing Loss

I have been thinking lately, wife says it is never a good thing, in anyway, we don't talk enough on Know about tricky hearing losses. We also don't focus enough on devices past the hearing aids. For people with severe, severe to profound or profound hearing losses, the hearing aids are rarely enough. So let's talk about ecosystems.

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An interview with Dave Fabry of GN Resound on the Enzo 3D

We undertook an interview with Dave Fabry of GN Resound which covered the new Enzo 3D, the needs of people with severe to profound hearing loss, Resound Assist and differentiation of the Independent, the future of hearing aids and other topics

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Superb hearing in restaurant with Oticon OPNs

Tested out Oticon's OPN hearing aids in restaurants and was very pleased at being able to hear people around my table very clearly

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Phonak Audeo B-Direct VS The Resound LiNX 3D

So Phonak have introduced a new Bluetooth hearing aid and it is a very interesting hearing aid, but how does it fare or weigh up against the existing Made For iPhone hearing devices? We decided to compare it to the Resound LiNX 3D as a methaphor for all Made For iPhone concepts, so let's talk connectivity

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Resound announce the launch of new super power smart hearing aids

Today in Copenhagen Resound announced a further expansion of their 3D platform, they are bringing 3D hearing to people with severe to profound hearing loss. Let's talk about the new Enzo 3D hearing aids and when we can expect to see them.

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Hoping Ear Gear will sort out my hearing aid sweat problem

I've been running quite a bit recently and have been having problems with sweat getting in to my hearing aids and either reducing sound quality or stopping them from working altogether. I've ordered a pair of Ear Gear, which I hope will save the day.

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Hearing Loss and Its Effects, What Hearing Aids Can Mean

Sarah Vokes of Correct Hearing, part of the Hearing Aid Know Hearing Provider Network, was on BBC Radio Nottingham recently. The piece was excellent with a complete outline of the effects of hearing loss and the difference that hearing aids can make. It is worth listening to.

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There has been a lot of fuss about the Eargo, but how good is it?

Eargo devices have been around for a while, the company has even launched an updated Eargo Plus. What can you expect from the devices, do they live up to the hype, and just how good are they?

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Is the fitting of hearing aids remotely the future?

Triton Hearing, a New Zealand based company announced in April that it would be providing hearing aid services to rural communities via the internet. If the measure is accepted globally, your next hearing aid could be fitted remotely. Would you want it to be?

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Halo 2 Made For iPhone Hearing Aids, How Good Are They?

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Think about custom tips when buying hearing aids

Receiver in canal and thin tube hearing aids are exceptionally popular devices, they are often fit with instant tips which are small rubber tips that go in the ear. However, if you are buying a set of thin tube or receiver in canal digital hearing aids, you should consider custom tips. Better sound, less feedback issues and more comfort, why wouldn't you? Let's talk custom tips.

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Hearing Aids Suitable For an Active Lifestyle

So you need hearing aids, but you aren't ready for a pipe and slippers? What you need is to know what's the best hearing aids for an active lifestyle. Let's take a look at the different considerations you need to take and what you should be looking at.

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So why would you want a made for iPhone hearing aid?

So, what are the pros or benefits of Made For iPhone hearing aids and why would you want them? Made For iPhone hearing aids have become popular, but what do they offer and why might you choose them?

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GN ReSound Linx 3D Review - Bluetooth connectivity

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CROS hearing aids for sudden hearing loss- my experience

After losing the hearing in my left ear due to sudden sensorineural hearing loss I decided to try a CROS hearing aid. Receiving my CROS hearing aid was a positive experience. I was hoping it would give me some hearing ability on my left side. I was hoping it was going to give me a chance of hearing some elements of speech on my left side; to help me gain some confidence in communicating with others. I was hoping the hearing aid would provide me with some support with hearing in situations with background noise.

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Oticon Opn and Problems With The iPhone

In the last article we talked about the Widex Beyond, however, it is far from the only hearing aid with iPhone problems. It seems that the Oticon Opn as a Made For iPhone is problematic as well. Again, this is sad, because they are outstanding hearing aids, as with the Beyond, the problem isn't the hearing aids, it's the phone.

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The Best Made For iPhone, Has Problems With The iPhone

We have been undertaking some research into the Widex Beyond in the recent past, mostly driven by some of the feedback we were getting. It seems that The Beyond as a Made For iPhone is a failure in some cases. Which is sad, because they are outstanding hearing aids and when the streaming does work, the sound quality is the best in the business.

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Have NHS or Old Hearing Aids But Want Bluetooth Streaming?

A recent conversation with a Twitter user who follows us got us thinking, even if you have old hearing aids or NHS hearing aids that aren't Bluetooth compatible. It doesn't mean that you can't make them so. A little bit of quick thinking and a few products all under seventy pounds can have you streaming music and phone calls to your devices.

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What can you expect when fitted with a hearing aid?

What exactly can you expect when you have been fitted with a new set of hearing aids? Well hearing better is one thing, but it's not as simple as that. Let's take a look at what happens when you first start to wear a new set of hearing aids.

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These hearing aids are a (good) joke!

I want to hear one person's voice, who is being amplified over speakers and I don't want to have my ear drums assaulted by the laughter of the crowd. So I'm dealing with short bursts of loud noise interspersed with the comedian's voice. The aids need to be quick as comedian's are pretty rapid-fire with their jokes, if I'm a second or two behind because noise-reduction is still dapenning the laughter then I've missed the start of the next gag.

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GN ReSound Linx 3D Review - Performance in every day use

You shouldn't really notice that a good hearing aid is in your ear. By that I mean: if a hearing aid is working really well you should be hearing comfortably in all situations and you shouldn't notice the hearing aid doing anything other than delivering a natural sound to you.

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GN ReSound Linx 3D Review - What's in the box?

I have the receiver-in-the-ear model, this is the first time I have worn this type of hearing aid, they've been available for a while, from all the major brands, but I think they were targetted mainly at people with mild to moderate hearing losses but as technology has improved they are now available for severe hearing losses like mine.

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Hands-on review of GN ReSound's Linx 3D hearing aid

I've been wearing a pair of GN ReSound's Linx 3D hearing aids for about a month now and am very happy with them. I have been wearing heaing aids for over 25 years but this is my first pair from ReSound - I was a little worried I might find it difficult to switch to a new style of sound after being so used to wearing other brands but the Linxs have been easy to wear and have sounded completely natural.

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Meet The Linx 3D Models and Features

In this article we look at the models and features sets in the latest Made For iPhone platform from GN Resound, the Linx 3D. With this release GN did not bring wireless transmission to their smaller customs and ear to ear communication is reserved for their larger custom devices. Let's take a look.

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Attending the Linx 3D launch in London today and we are live blogging

Attending the launch of the Linx 3D in London today, quite excited at finally meeting the hearing aids that Steve has been raving about for two weeks. More on that later, let's meet the Linx 3D

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Can't Hear The TV? Hearing Aids Might Not Be The Answer

Sometimes I have people in my clinic who report hearing the TV as a problem and maybe some problems in noisy situations. However, when I test their hearing it shows that they have a mild hearing loss. Too mild for hearing aids but they still have the problem. So this is the first of a series of articles looking into solutions that are ideal for the problems that won't break the bank. I want you to meet the Senheisser RS 5000

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Hearing Aids Rip Off! You Are Being Ripped Off When Buying

You are being ripped off when you buy hearing aids! Great headline, gets lots of people interested, but is it true? Yes, no and maybe, kind of depends on what you are buying. I want to take a deeper look at buying hearing aids, what is involved and why the damned prices are so high.

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Resound Announces Launch Of Linx 3-D Hearing Aids

Well the wait is nearly over, GN Resound have announced the launch of a new product line up which will be officially be launched to the UK Market later this month. Details are tight but here is what we know so far.

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OTC Hearing Aids Vs Professional Fitted, Trial Says Almost The Same

While a new trial questioning different hearing aid delivery models shows that professionally fitted devices were almost as good as OTC models, it's not quite that simple. Firstly, all of the participants were given the same high end hearing aids. Let's take a look at the study and what it means.

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The Irish Government Has Extended The Hearing Aid Grant

The recent changes introduced by the Minister Of Social Protection in Ireland now mean the the hearing aid grant is now available for people who are self employed for the first time ever.

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Signia introduces new Made For iPhone Hearing Aids

Signia has introduced it's own Made For iPhone hearing aid for the first time, they are calling the concept the Connected Ear. Meet the Pure BT 13 Primax

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Buying Hearing Aids Online, What Do You Need To Know?

In the recent past we have written two articles about a new company who were selling hearing aids on ebay. They have now set up an e-commerce website to sell hearing aids from the big hearing aid brands online. So we thought it was high time we wrote another article on what you need to know when making a purchase of any hearing aid online.

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The Latest Hearing Aids For 2017 Part Three

Yup you guessed it, part three of a a continuing look at what is available new for 2017

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The Latest and Best Hearing Aids For 2017 Part Two

Page Two of our series on the latest hearing aids available from the big manufacturers for 2017

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The Latest and Best Hearing Aids For 2017

2017 has already seen the introduction of new hearing aids from both Phonak, Unitron and Oticon, we expect GN Resound to deliver something new at the end of April. Let's take a look at what is available for 2017

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New Online Hearing Aid Sales Site Launched in The UK

We spoke earlier about the strange case of new top of the range hearing aids being sold on ebay. Well apparently, that was in essence a market research trial. The people behind the ebay sales have just launched a new e-commerce website, where they say you can buy hearing aids online at wholesale prices. The question I think is should you? Let's take a looka t the site and what it offers.

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Buying hearing aids on ebay, good idea? We think you should read this

Recently we had a reader ask us what we thought about online sale of hearing aids? It's a large question really and to answer we need to be more specific. But actually what he was talking about was the sale of high quality hearing aids at exceptional prices on ebay.

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So, what are the pros and cons of rechargeable hearing aids?

Rechargeable heaering aids really seem to have reached their zenith of popularity lately, and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. The modern wave of rechargeable hearing aids have a lot going for them, but there are essentially two different types available. What are the pros and cons of rechargeable hearing aids. Let's explore them in detail.

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Invisible Hearing Aids, What's Available in 2017?

Invisible hearing aids are probably never going to go away, they remain exceptionally popular in the minds of first time users in particular. The idea of discretion is often paramount in the minds of people when first thinking about hearing aids. Many hearing aid brands call them different things, invisible hearing aids, IICs, Nano and more, but to the public they will probably always be hidden hearing aids.

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New Phonak Bolero Rechargeable Hearing Aids Launched

I said a while ago that I thought Lithium-ion rechargeable Behind The Ear Devices were soon to be introduced and Phonak have proved me right with the introduction of their latest Bolero range. An announcement yesterday indicated that the ne Bolero Belong range would have a rechargeable option called the Bolero P-R

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Sonova Announces new rechargeable and new custom aid

Sonova announces new rechargeable hearing aid from Unitron and a new custom Virto product, the Virto B-Titanium.

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Do Hearing Aids Cause Itchy Ears?

I have had a few people lately ask me about hearing aids and itchy ears, does wearing hearing aids cause itchy ears? As is the case in life, nothing is simple, the answer is yes, no and maybe. Let me explain.

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I can't hear the TV, Do I Need Hearing Aids? Maybe Not

It is a problem that we hear a lot, I have problems hearing the TV and my family complain about the volume all the time. Do I need hearing aids? Sometimes the answer is no, in fact sometimes even if you have a hearing loss, the answer may still be no. Let me explain.

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Self Fitting Hearing Aids, Will Signia Offer Them First?

Over The Counter hearing aids are big news lately and I spoke about them in an article recently. I wondered would traditional manufacturers offer OTC or self fitting hearing aids? Signia have introduced a new platform aimed at developing markets called the Lotus. In essence the tech is there for self fitting, I wonder will Signia be the first to offer OTC hearing aids?

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Unitron has introduced a rechargeable hearing aid option

Unitron in typical Unitron style have not only delivered a rechargeable hearing aid option, they have made it backward compatible. Meet the Moxi Fit R, from the company that focuses on user experience, even users that have bought their product before.

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We have a new, updated hearing aid buying guide for 2017

I decided to update the Little Book of Hearing Aids for 2017, while I was doing it, I thought why not make it the definitive hearing aid guide. So I have expanded it beyond the scope of the original with sections about providers, hearing aid prices, hearing aid manufacturers and much more. Thank you to the people who keep asking us questions, you are our inspiration.

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The Latest and Best Rechargeable Hearing Aids in 2017

I think the one of the biggest hearing aid product storys of last year was lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids. I said in an article last year that I would expect every hearing aid brand to introduce them. It seems I may have been right, so what can you expect for rechargeable hearing aids in 2017?

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3 New year resolutions for you and all hearing aid wearers

It's the 11th January, which means if you are anything like me you've probably given up on your New Year's resolutions about nine days ago. Even so, here's a few New Year's resolutions for hearing aid wearers to help you get the most from your hearing and hearing aids in 2017.

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Norwegian Start Up Raises Further Funds To Launch Hearing Helper App

A Norwegian start up is the latest company set to bring a smart phone based hearing aid app to the market, they have just raised more funding and expect their offering to become a reality in the New Year. They well be attending CES looking for possible partners to drive the product and perhaps manufacture new hardware that they plan to introduce.

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What will over the counter hearing aids mean to consumers?

Recent moves in the US seem to indicate that over the counter hearing aids will become legal there in the near future. The idea is that it will lead to low cost solutions for the bulk of Americans who need hearing aids but don't have them. That may well be the case if price is the true impediment to hearing aid adoption, but what will the introduction of these devices really mean to consumers? Will it lead to deeper adoption, what will the satisfaction rates be like and what can consumers expect their experience to be?

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Signia Silk, Instant Fit CIC Hearing Aids

Signia has re-introduced the instant fit CIC hearing aid range, it is almost invisible and can be fitted at the first visit with no waiting and no impression taking. Instant fit CICs have been around for a while and never really caught on, the silk may be the one that catches the imagination of professionals and userss alike.

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Is this the best Made For iPhone HearingAid Ever?

I had a good conversation recently with someone from Widex and I realised something important. Because Widex is using a separate radio for streaming and connection to the smart phone, it still has all of it's inter ear features working even when streaming. That could actually be important, depending on the situation and the sound being streamed. It made me wonder about the other manufacturers and what their hearing aids were doing.

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Bose Introduces Ear Phones With Hearing Aid Capabilities

Bose has introduced a new product they are calling Hearphones, they are ear phones with hearing aid capabilities. Using directional microphone technology they can focus on speech to the front , allowing the user a better chance to understand conversation in noisy situations. The product has it's own smartphone app which gives user control over how the product is working, interestingly enough, Bose have recently advertised for a research Audiologist to work with their R&D team. Is Bose testing the water for a possible entry into the hearing aid market?

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Free Trial or Money Back on hearing aids. What's the Difference?

I had a great question from one of our readers in the UK recently about the differences between free trial and money back guarantees. You know, I thought it was a good idea for an article. So here goes, let's talk about free trials and money back offers.

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Google's DeepMind and Oxford working on a lip-reading system

Google’s DeepMind and the University of Oxford are working on a lip-reading system powered by artificial intelligence. The system is already scoring better than professional lip readers and could have uses in a host of consumer electronics for the hard of hearing. It is another possible step forward in ensuring the communication ability of people with hearing loss and may work in tandem with traditional amplification strategies.

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Is 2017 the year for fuel cell powered hearing aids?

Rechargeable hearing aids are most definitely the big news right now, however, there is another break through technology that could change things forever. A technology that has been hanging around in the background since 2009. It looks like things might be speeding up with it though, is 2017 going to be the year of Fuel Cell powered hearing aids?

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It seems that Starkey will introduce rechargeable hearing aids

In recent news it seems that Starkey will definitely be introducing rechargeable hearing aids, however, it seems their partnership with Humavox might mean that they will introduce the most advanced rechargeable system yet with near field charging capability.

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Signia introduces Lithium-ion Rechargeable Hearing Aids

It looks like rechargeable hearing aids are going to be one of the bigger storys in 2016, Signia have also introduced a rechargeable hearing aid range using a Lithium-ion rechargeable system. Their capacity seems to be a little bigger then the Phonak B-R as they say that the devices will deliver 24 hours of use with unlimited streaming.

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Sivantos Introduces Groundbreaking Hearing Aid Tele-Health Care App

Sivantos, formerly Siemens, now the Artist who is called Signia (confused? don't worry we will explain) has just introduced a groundbreaking telehealth innovation that will help to change the hearing aid user's experience for ever. The app will allow direct comunication between the user and the professional and remote fine tuning of hearing aids. It is an amazing step forward and hopefully it will drive other manufacturers to follow.

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Widex introduce a Made For iPhone Hearing Aid At EUHA

Widex have finally joined the Made For iPhone hearing aid market with the launch of their newest device the Beyond. They have retained the their outstanding Widex Link technology while adding a direct to iPhone radio which allows streaing and phone calls without intermediary devices. The new Beyond hearing aid is a Fusion type hearing device that is powered by their latest Unique technology.

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Rechargeable hearing aids proving very popular

The popularity of the Belong B-R rechargeable range has caught Phonak by surprise, so much so that they are scrambling to keep up with demand. We think Phonak have a winner on their hands with the new rechargeable RICs, but what could it mean for the wider hearing aid industry and the future of hearing aids?

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Unitron introduces smallest ever wireless RIC hearing aid

Unitron has just introduced their latest addition to the Moxi RIC range, they calll it the Now, it is the smallest ever wireless RIC hearing device. While it is a tiny hearing aid, it is a really powerful one, so if a RIC is what you are after that is discrete but powerful, then the Now might just be the one for you

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Unitron Introduces The RIC Killer!

As you may well know, we aren't mad about RICs here at Hearing Aid Know, don't get us wrong, they are fantastic devices that offer real discretion even for moderate to severe losses. However, the placement of the receiver in the canal introduces its own problems, failed receivers or broken wires. In short, RIC devices need consistent care to ensure they continue to work, care that a lot of people don't actually give them. Thin tube BTEs however, don't need so much effort and keep on keeping on. Unitron have just released the Stride M BTE and it might just be a RIC killer, all the size and discretion of a RIC delivered in a mini BTE. Not just that, it even has a telecoil!

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IIC, Invisible, Hidden, The Best Invisible Hearing Aids

Sometimes I giggle, I know I shouldn't but it strikes me as so incongrous, the questions are always about the little ones, you know the invisible ones in your ear? Honestly sometimes I imagine it is like buying a top shelf magazine in a 70s newsagent, yes, you know that one, I only read it for the articles! Anyway, enough about reminiscing about the un-needed embarrassment felt by some, let's talk about invisible hearing aids.

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Widex introduces new Unique Fashion Mini

Widex is introducing a new Mini BTE which will be the replacement for their iconic M, not before time either. The new device is almost as discreet as the M was but with some nice new additions and two new easywear earware thin tube configurations.

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So what exactly is smart hearing?

The phrase Smart Hearing has been coined over the last few years. It usually relates to GN Resound hearing aids, specifically the Made For iPhone devices. However, the term can cover many of the most modern hearing aids available from the biggest manufacturers. For the purpose of this article though, we will really concentrate on the Resound hearing aids.

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Phonak Launch Naida V Solutions For Severe To Profound Hearing Loss

The latest Naida V hearing aid range was introduced at a launch event held in Dublin last Thursday. The range includes new styles that are considerably smaller and more powerful than their Naida Q predecessors. The launch was attended by Matt Gilbert (the only professional deaf sportsman in English Rugby) who discussed his experiences with Naida hearing aids.

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The latest & Best Hearing Aids 2016

Let's take a look at what is new in hearing aids for 2016 from each of the manufacturers, most of the technology was launched late last year but there has been some stuff launched this year and we expect some of the manufacturers to launch new devices this year. For instance, Phonak is just about to launch a new super power hearing aid to replace the Naida Quest. Outside the traditional hearing device manufacturers there is still rumours about Samsung and Apple launching hearing devices of their own.

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Phonak CROS 2, Single Sided Deafness Solution

Phonak have just released their updated CROS solution, the CROS 2. The new products are based on the Venture platform and the CROS 2 is actually a range of hearing aids that includes custom ITE hearing devices for the first time. The devices can be used with any Ventur platform hearing aid or technology level, however, for the best results it makes sense to match them with a V90 or V70 technology level hearing aid.

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The Phonak Audeo V 10 Hearing Aid Model

The Audeo V 10 is the smallest of the Audeo Venture hearing aid range, it is a RIC device that runs on a size 10 battery. It can be fitted with two receiver types which make it quite versatile and gives it the ability to cover many hearing losses. Even with its small size it has a push button which allows manual programme changes. The devices also have Phonak's fantastic phone solution.

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Widex Unique 440 Success in Leicester

Success is something to be savoured, and we love good news storys, so we thought we would share the success of one of our partners in Leicester. They fitted a customer with hearing aids from the Widex Unique 440 range and he gave them a great review. He also spoke about the wirless accessories and the difference they made.

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Hearing Aid Types, The Widex Fusion

Widex introduced the Fusion RIC (Receiver in Canal) hearing aid a couple of years ago. It is a truly versatile hearing aid with inter changeable receivers that allows it to cover a lot of hearing losses, let's take a closer look at the device.

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Let's talk about the Widex Fashion Hearing Aids

Widex introduced the Fashion a couple of years ago, it has replaced the 19, the 9 and the M hearing aid types in their line up. A truly versatile hearing aid that covers a lot of hearing losses, let's take a closer look at it.

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Samsung to enter hearing aid market

Samsung look set to enter the hearing aid industry, they will probably unveil a new hearing aid in 2016 and it will almost certainly tie in with a release of their Galaxy smartphones. Samsung are creating quite a stir in the industry, with lots of speculation about their pending products. They have filed a number of hearing-related patents in the US, which got tongues wagging. They had a number of people attending International Hearing Aid

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Review of buying an ITE hearing aid online from Hearing Direct

Hearing Direct are a Web-based company that provide hearing aids, amplified telephones and other products through their website. My Mum was not happy with her NHS-supplied behind-the-ear hearing aids so we decided to get a pair of in-the-ear aids from Hearing Direct. This is a review of the aids and a round-up of Mum’s experience of buying online. Mum has been wearing a pair of Oticon Spirits supplied by the NHS for a few years. She had two

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How the New Apple Watch Works in Conjunction with Hearing Aids

Disability rights groups have long been praising Apple for its dedication to developing accessible technology for people with visual and hearing impairments. Many people with these impairments have even gone as far as saying that iOS devices have dramatically changed their lives for the better. Apple’s newest device, the Apple watch, is the latest device to hit the headlines for its fantastic accessibility features, particularly for those with

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Some things to keep in mind when shopping for Bluetooth hearing aids

When you want the latest and greatest in hearing aid technology, Bluetooth is a must-have feature. Bluetooth allows hearing aids to wirelessly communicate with other devices, including the hearing aid in your other ear, your computer, television, cell phone and digital music player. Picking the best Bluetooth hearing aid requires some attention to detail as you examine its features and choose the right aid for your needs.

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Chasing the glory days

It is much harder to fit hearing aids to someone who has a severe hearing loss than to someone who has only a minor loss. Turns out that a lot of the time it isn’t like that, it’s just as hard, or even harder, to fit a hearing aid to someone who has lost only a small amount of hearing as it is to someone who can hardly hear a thing. The reason is that the person with the minor loss is chasing after the perfect hearing they had a few years ago,

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Some programme changes, hearing much better

I visited the audiologist yesterday. I’ve not been hearing much at all at work for a few months now and I’ve been putting off and putting off going to the audiologist; not for any particular reason other than I was being lazy and I was “doing OK, hearing bits of what was said and filling in the gaps, just scraping along”. Finally, I realised I was missing too much and I needed to sort it out. So, visited my Aud yesterday, explained that I was

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Get hearing aids repaired or cleaned at The Hearing Aid Repair Shop

The Hearing Aid Repair Shop is part of the Mary Hare Foundation, a UK charity that provides schooling for deaf and severely hard-of hearing children. The repair shop began operating in 2002 by repairing aids for children and young adults. Recently they’ve started fixing hearing aids for adults too and now offer a post service. Impressively, they will fix any make and model of hearing aid. At the time of writing, you can get your hearing aid

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Hearing aid prices – do the numbers add up?

I’ve written before that I think that hearing aid vendors need to split the product from the service so I decided to try and breakdown a hearing aid’s price a bit to find out if it is too expensive or not. I did a bit of Googling and found that an average price for a top of the range hearing aid in the UK is about £1500. This is the rough ballpark for new models from all manufacturers. How much would you guess that a hearing aid costs to make?

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ReSound Releases Alera™ Extensions – Remote Microphone & Configurable BTE

ReSound, the technology leader in hearing aid solutions, has released extensions to its wireless hearing aid, Alera™. Originally released in August 2010 and the winner of a 2011 CES Innovations Design & Engineering Award, Alera is now available with configurable BTE and Remote Microphone Technology custom enhancements. “Every few years, technology takes a significant leap forward,” said Laurel A. Christensen, Chief Audiology Officer, ReSound.

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Phonak launches the Audéo S SMART Ceramics

This is a press release from Phonak about their Audéo S SMART Ceramic hearing aid: The world’s most sophisticated hearing aid is being launched in the UK combining an unrivalled level of performance with a stylish design. Enclosed in a luxurious ceramic housing, the tiny device – just 2cm in length – sits discreetly behind the ear and allows optimum hearing in all environments. The Audéo S SMART Ceramics, developed by Phonak, the world’s leading

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Hearing aids for the discerning gentleman from ExSilent

I’ve just discovered the ExSilent hearing aid brand thanks to the always-informative Hearing Mojo. ExSilent is a young company from the Netherlands that produces invisible hearing aids that sit deep in the canal. Hearing Mojo is covering ExSilent’s new QLeaf Pro aid that has a feature that allows you to change programmes by tapping gently the outside of your ear. The problem being that invisible hearing aids sit so deep that it would be very

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Having a reasonable expectation of what a hearing aid can do for you

Hearing aids are expensive and when you’ve spent a lot of money on a pair you expect them to fix your hearing problems. After all, that’s what they are for, to correct your hearing loss. I remember (it’s probably about five years ago now) visiting an audiologist because I was struggling to hear at work and wanted to replace my pair of aging hearing aids. I didn’t really have a lot of money to splash on new aids but I knew I needed to do

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Problem with double-note sound from hearing aids

I got an email from Michael about a problem that he is having with his Starkey 5 RIC aids – I’ll let him explain: In the higher registers of an instrument there seems to be two notes, side by side, one slight flatter than the other and one of them slightly late. So every note, whether from an instrument, voice, whistle, cell phone beep, car door beep, ignition warning, etc. has the distortion. Not all speaking voices but some. And it is all the

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The Latest & Greatest in Bluetooth Hearing Aid Technology

When people think of hearing aids, they might think more of old ear trumpets than high-quality, advanced devices, but the integration of Bluetooth with hearing aid technology is changing that. Hearing aid manufacturers are lately using Bluetooth as a tool to improve their products, and each manufacturer is taking a different approach. I first became aware of Bluetooth technology and hearing aids in 2009, when I purchased a set of Oticon Epoq

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Esteem implantable hearing aid from Envoy Medical

Envoy Medical’s Esteem is the world’s first implantable hearing aid. It doesn’t use a microphone and a speaker like a traditional hearing aid. There is nothing at all in your ear, the aid is completely internal and is therefore invisible. You can watch Envoy’s video to get a better idea of what it is about. The Esteem is not a cochlear implant. A CI is fitted to those with profound hearing loss and is fitted in the inner ear whereas the Esteem

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Audiosync iNSTAFit: first impression

I visited Ascent last week for a bit of re-programming and while I was there I managed to get a quick look at the new iNSTAFit hearing aid from Audiosync. The iNSTAFit is part of the iSync family and is running on the same S Series technology from Starkey. What makes it different from the iSync is that it is not moulded to fit your ear, instead the aid is a thin straight tube and so one size fits all. It’s about as wide as a pencil and about 2cm

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How to adjust your own hearing aids

Daniel Taft is an engineer with a PhD in cochlear implant sound processing from the University of Melbourne and the Bionic Ear Institute. He is the Chief Technology Officer for Blamey & Saunders Hearing, a company that offers hearing aids scientifically designed to order online and adjust at home. You will need to buy hearing aids that you can adjust at home, from a reputable dispenser. The company I work for, Australia Hears, offers hearing

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Cherished Charms for hearing aids

Want to add a bit of pizzazz to your hearing aid? Does your child wear hearing aids and love jewellery? Stuck for a gift idea for the aid wearer in your life? Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms is just the thing for you! Here’s Hayleigh explaining her awesome product and how it came about: Hi! I’m Hayleigh and I am 11 years old. When I was little and attended a school for hearing impaired children I noticed that a lot of kids tried to hide their

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Amazing! Forget your ears and listen with your teeth

This is from a Sonitus Medical press release. Sonitus Medical Inc, developers of SoundBite, a nonsurgical and removable hearing device to transmit sound via the teeth and bone, has announced the publication of the first peer-reviewed article on its hearing system. “Preliminary Evaluation of a Novel Bone-Conduction Device for Single-Sided Deafness,” has been published in the most recent issue (31:492-497, 2010) of the Otology & Neurotology

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Quick tip to help you decide if your trial hearing aid is worth keeping

If you are trialling a new hearing aid and you can’t decide whether to keep it then try this: Wear your new hearing aid(s) for a week. Wear them in all the environments you are normally in – at home, at work, at a party, in the street, etc. After one week of that switch back to wearing your old hearing aids for a day or so (or no aids if this is your first pair) and see what the difference is like.

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Those things in your ears

People don’t seem to know what to call the things in my ears. I’m pretty open about the fact that I can’t hear much and that I wear hearing aids. Most people around me day-to-day know I wear them, some even know I write on here. I quite often talk with people about hearing loss and aids – sometimes people ask where their Mum/Gran/whoever should go to buy some or what the best one to get is. And yet people can’t seem to say hearing aids. It’s

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Silence really is golden

I got fitted with a new pair of hearing aids the other day (more on these soon) and one thing that really struck me almost straight away was how much quieter silence is with them on. Seems like a weird thing to say. Silence is silence, right? It’s no noise. That’s what I thought but the difference in my perception of a silent room while wearing my old Starkey Destinys and wearing these new aids is amazing.

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I can’t do without my hearing aid for two weeks

When my car goes in for a service or repair I get given a courtesy car to use while mine is out of action. It’s a given that the courtesy car will be available, all garages are offering one these days. So what about when my hearing aids need servicing? Can I get courtesy aids to use while mine’s away? Because there’s no way I can go two weeks without my hearing aids, I need to go to work, I need to hear.

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This hearing aid or that one?

Picture the scene: You are in an audiologists office, you’ve had a hearing test and you need to decide which hearing aid you are going to buy. You’ve saved up for a long time to get some money together for an aid because you really need to hear better. It’s a lot of money. It’s a big decision and you can’t afford to not make the right one. Based on your test results your audiologist suggests a few different aids that would suit you. The three

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Siemens Audiology is no longer up for sale.

Yes they are. No they’re not. Yes they are. No they’re definitely not. Siemens have decided to hold on to their audiology division. To reinforce their desire to push forward their hearing aid business, they’ve appointed a new CEO in Roger Radke. A quote from them: “With this nomination, we hope to reinforce our activities in the domain of hearing aids, especially with the solid experience and vast network that Roger Radke obtained when he worked

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Hearing aids still considered an old people thing

Despite all the advances in hearing technology over the past few years, a survey conducted by the Phonak Hear the World initiative has found that people still associate hearing aids with old age more than any other accessory, including wheelchairs, glasses, canes and crutches. 4,405 people, aged from 14-65 in the United Kingdom, America, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy were questioned. The top three reasons given for not wearing a hearing

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Now that’s an open fit hearing aid!

This is a mock-up from Designaffairs Studio. Can’t imagine ever wearing one of these – “Yes, sir, this hearing aid is state of the art, to wear it we simply need to stretch your ear lobe slowly over six months until it is dangling around your mouth”. Me: “uh… the behind the ear model will be fine, thanks”. It’s great to see people pushing the design of hearing aids. It’s one more step towards the day when hearing aids are as cool and ubiquitous

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Hearing aids for children

I’m looking for a bit of help and advice. Does anyone have any information on getting hearing aids for a 3 year old? What style of aid works best? Are there any particular manufacturer or brands that are better? How often will ear moulds have to be changed? Will kids have to have their moulds changed often until their ears stop growing? There seems to be a myth about how long our ears grow for and lots of people say that they never stop, but

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Hansaton launches in the US

January 11, 2010 – Hansaton, the German-based provider of award-winning hearing systems, announced today they are now offering their products to US-based audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. Hansaton (hanz-a-tone) has designed and manufactured superior hearing devices for more than fifty years. The family-owned company currently has licensed dealers in 70 countries worldwide. Hansaton recently named industry veteran Robert Eastman as

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Siemens Hearing Instruments is up for sale

Siemens is selling its hearing aid business. It has shortlisted one strategic buyer and five private equity firms as potential buyers. The New York Times reports that the sale price could be over 2 billion euros (1.8 billion pounds). Siemens Hearing, which competes with Switzerland’s Sonova Holding and Denmark’s William Demant Holding A/S, is projected to make pre-tax earnings of some 170 million euros in 2010.

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Hearing loss: there’s an app for that

The iPod Touch and the iPhone have an app for everything it seems. There’s apps for using Twitter, tracking stocks, playing games, creating new recipes and making sure you don’t burn them, learning French, the list goes on and on. When is someone going to build a hearing aid app? An app that turns an iPod into a fully-functioning hearing aid, it isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. The iPhone already has everything it needs: a microphone, two

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Buying a hearing aid like buying a TV?

Should buying a hearing aid be like buying a TV or buying a pair of glasses? When you buy a new TV you can go into your local electronic store and try out a bunch of different models and pick the one you like. You get hands-on with the TV before you part with your money and you can see the differences between them side-by-side. Some people will know the different brands of TV, which ones are better, their strengths and weaknesses, they probably

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White hearing aids

Hearing aids come in lots of cool colours and shapes these days but I’ve never seen a pure white one. White hearing aids would look quite a bit like iPod earphones and would maybe help to give them that cool factor? Everywhere you look these days someone has a pair of white buds in so it’s not unusual to see people with things in their ears. Possibly manufacturers are worried about a lawsuit from Apple?

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Community-built hearing aids

Could we build a hearing aid? By we I mean me, you, the guy studying audiology at university, the hard of hearing electrical engineer and all the other people. In computer software there’s a thing called open source. What it means is that someone, or some people, build something and they don’t just release the finished product they also give the source code away too. Source code is the programming language statements that were used to make the

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What are programmable hearing aids?

All digital hearing aids are programmable. Some analogue hearing aids have programmable options too. It means that an audiologist can modify a hearing aid’s settings for your personal hearing loss – it also means that they can set the aid up so that you can hear the sounds that you want to hear in your everyday environments. There will default options for common situations such as: at home, at a party, at the theatre, listening to music, and so

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Starkey offers new, easy to use volume control

Starkey have recently introduced touch controls to their S Series hearing aids, a feature they are calling Sweep. The BTE S Series models have a touch-sensitive area that takes up most of the top side of the shell. You can use this control to either change volume or switch between programs. By default, an up or down motion increases/decreases the volume and a tap changes the program – but this can be configured differently if you want.

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New software to boost voice recognition for hearing aid and cochlear implant us

Hearing aids and cochlear implants act as tiny amplifiers so the deaf and hard-of-hearing can make sense of voices and music. Unfortunately, these devices also amplify background sound, so they’re less effective in a noisy environment like a busy workplace or café. But help is on the way. Prof. Miriam Furst-Yust of Tel Aviv University’s School of Electrical Engineering has developed a new software application named “Clearcall” for cochlear

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Where is all the hearing aid advertising?

I see a lot of adverts in the newspapers and on the TV for glasses. Every day there are full-page adverts in the papers and prime-time adverts on the big TV channels. Everyone is doing “Buy one get one free” offers or “Designer frames for free” etc etc. Glasses are cool, the designer frames are expensive, celebrities endorse them. According to the Royal National Institute For The Blind there are two million blind or partially sighted people in

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First success story for Hearing Aid Market

Hearing Aid Market has been up and running for a week now and it has already enabled someone to get a free pair of hearing aids! Carol kindly offered to donate her late Mother’s hearing aids so that they could be put to use by someone else. On the same day that I received an email from Carol I also got one from Angel in Texas. He was in need of hearing aids. I put the two in touch with each other and I am delighted to say that Carol shipped the

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Controlling Starkey S Series with a mobile phone

The Starkey S Series hearing aids have a feature called T2. This basically enables you to control the hearing aid with a touch-tone mobile phone. Once your audiologist has switched your aids to use the T2 feature it is easy to use your mobile to change volume and programme settings – you just need to hold the phone a few inches from your ear, press the * button twice and then use the keypad to increase/decrease volume or change programme.

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Sonic Innovations Parent Company Renamed Otix Global

Shareholders of Sonic Innovations Inc, Salt Lake City, overwhelmingly approved the renaming of Sonic Innovations Inc to Otix Global Inc at the company’s recent annual shareholder meeting. The name and ticker symbol change have already been adopted. “The move is designed to create a holding company that will allow the Sonic Innovations’ brand and Sonic’s other brands to operate independently from each other,” said Sam Westover, the company’s

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The S Series from Starkey.

I have a new pair of Starkey’s S Series hearing aids – I got them fitted at Banbury Hearing Centre. Over the next few weeks I’m going to review their performance against my old aids and write about them on here. I’m very impressed already. In the office last week I managed to listen in to someone else’s conversation from another desk – that was a welcome surprise! The noise reduction seems really good, I can listen to music in my car now –

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Hearing Aid Market – testing over, going live tomorrow

Thank you very, very much to those of you who took the time to check out the Market site and send some feedback. Your comments have all helped to make a better site – I really appreciate you taking the time. Testing is now over and I plan to make Hearing Aid market available to everyone from tomorrow. Any hearing aids that were listed up until now will be deleted but the users who signed up will remain.

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Hearing Aid Market – buy/sell/give hearing aids online

Firstly, I want to to say sorry for not writing much recently and thanks for waiting it out and not unsubscribing from this RSS feed. Even though I haven’t written much I have not been totally idle. I’ve been building a new part to the site called: Don’t know if you remember but I wrote a long time ago asking if people would buy/sell or give hearing aids through this site – a lot of people replied saying that they would. I even managed to put

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Sonova profits beats forecast

Sonova is reporting record sales of CHF 1.249 billion (USD $1.124 billion) and further expanded its market share on the back of organic growth of 7.8% in local currencies and 3.0% growth from acquisitions. Profitability was maintained at a high level, with an Earnings Before Interest, Tax and Amortisation (EBITA) margin of 26.6%. Income after taxes amounted to CHF 284 million (USD $255 million). The rise in net profit in the year to end-March,

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Concerns of a hearing aid buyer

The comment below is from Paul Weston, he originally wrote this as a comment on here but I felt it was worth posting separately as it raises some good points. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he is saying but moving his comment to its own page gives people room for comment. A quick straw poll of friends shows that of four people that have had hearing aids fitted, four of them are not used. The hearing aid has not been adjusted in a way

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A better way to trial hearing aids

Whenever someone buys a hearing aid they have a trial period in which they can decide whether they want to keep the hearing aid or not. If you are buying a hearing aid and aren’t offered a trial period then shop somewhere else. Normally the way the trial works is that you pay up-front in full for your hearing aid and you take it away. You get an amount of time for the trial and at the end of that you can give it back or keep it. During the trial

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Starkey launches next generation of hearing aid: The S Series

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. is proud to introduce S SeriesTM with Drive ArchitectureTM, the extraordinary new family of hearing aids that combines art and science to create unparalleled levels of performance, comfort and personalization. S Series, developed using Starkey’s evidence-based design approach, is available in custom and a first-ever full line of receiver-in-canal (RIC) options. At the heart of every S Series hearing instrument is

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Soft shell hearing aid for athletes?

Does anyone know if it is possible to get a soft-shelled ITE, ITC or CIC hearing aid? A shell made from silicone or something similar? The question comes from Paul Murata, an athletic trainer and the University of Virginia. One of his basketball players wears in the canal hearing aids and occasionally gets hit on or around the ears during games, causing pain and sometimes even bleeding in the ear canal.

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What is a Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear implants, introduced 20 years ago, have given 83,000 people the ability to hear human speech; they are worn by people who are either severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. Surgeons drill a hole in the skull, embed a sound receiver, and weave an electrode array into the cochlea. Once the hardware is in place, software engineers take over, upgrading the devices as needed so users can enjoy more complex sounds, like music.

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Phonak introduces hypoallergenic hearing aid shells

Phonak has announced that the material used for all custom product shell colors in its digital manufacturing process has been certified to be nontoxic and nonirritating according to independent laboratory biocompatibility testing. In 2007 after several years of development, Phonak introduced an advanced digital manufacturing process to all major custom production centers worldwide. This process uses proprietary 3D modelling software to create a

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MRI scans may damage cochlear implants

Patients with cochlear implants may want to steer clear of certain magnetic imaging devices, such as 3T MRI machines, because the machines can demagnetize the patient’s implant, according to new research published in the December 2008 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The study, conducted by a team of German reasearchers from the International Neuroscience Institute, Hannover, and the Medical University of Hannover, and American

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Infrared technology may improve cochlear implants

It’s always encouraging to learn of progress in technologies that help the hard of hearing. This report of studies into Infrared being used in cochlear implants comes from The News website: Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago have made a new discovery that could lead to better cochlear implants for deaf people. They have found that infrared light can stimulate neurons in the inner ear as precise as sound waves, reports New

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US hearing aid sales drop in third quarter of 2008

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Everton FC launches hearing aid

Everton FC are another football club from the English Premier League that are launching a range of hearing aids in their club colours. Young Evertonians with hearing difficulties can now proudly wear their team’s colours – on their ears. The Blues have joined forces with scientists to tackle the problems hard-of-hearing children face while wearing hearing aids. Together they have created special clear hearing aids carrying Everton’s world-famous

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It must look weird when I change volume

I have ITE hearing aids with a volume control on them. I tend to change the volume quite often – for example I have them up full when in the office but I usually turn them down a bit when I go outside to stop some of the traffic noise. It hadn’t occurred to me until just now how weird it must look when I’m changing volume. I use my thumb to give the volume knob a twist. I’ve also got this thing where I rotate the knob backwards and forwards a

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Beware of over-amplification

Be careful not to have your hearing aids turned up too much and put excessive strain on your ears. If you find yourself wincing at loud noises while wearing your hearing aids, if you start to get ringing in your ears, or if your ears hurt then you should see your audiologist and get them to test your hearing and check your volume settings. If your aid has a manual volume control then don’t be scared to turn it down a bit when you know you will

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Awesome hearing aid packaging from Widex

This is cool. A company called Good Morning Design have produced hearing aid packaging for Widex that produces what looks like a moving sound wave when the box is opened. Not only that, apparently the sound wave represents someone saying Widex’s “High Definition Hearing” slogan.

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Nokia’s hearing aid and cochlear implant bluetooth adapter

Nokia have announced the release of a new cell-phone accessory designed for users with hearing aids: The Nokia Wireless Loopset works with T-coil equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants, and slips around the user’s neck. The Wireless Loopset is compatible with Bluetooth-ready handsets, essentially transforming the user’s hearing aid into a headset. The device features adjustable sidetone levels, optimized volume range, single-button calling,

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Hearing aid manufacturers

If you are thinking about buying a hearing aid, it’s good to do a bit of market research to find out what’s available. After all, hearing aids are expensive items and you want to do everything you can to make sure you purchase the right one for you. When you visit a hearing aid vendor / audiologist they will surely recommend certain makes and models to you. With a bit of market knowledge you will be better placed to ask why a certain aid is

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Don’t try this at home!

Found this funny video on YouTube. Will your hearing aid blend?

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Vibe: ear candy from Siemens

The Latest in “Ear Candy,” Vibe Reflects Wearer’s Fashion and Moods with Interchangeable, Ready-to-Wear Casings CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 2, 2008 – For the growing number of people with mild hearing loss, due in large part to the aging of 78 million baby boomers, hearing instrument options just leaped into a fashionable new realm where bold is “in.” Today, Siemens Hearing Instruments introduced the world’s first crest-fit hearing aid – Vibe®.

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Sonova group reports record sales growth

The Sonova Holding AG (previously Phonak Holding AG) have posted their 2007/2008 financial report. Sales across all brands, including Phonak and Unitron reached a new record of US$1.16 billion (1.2 billion CHF) – with 59% of hearing system sales being generated from products launched less than 2 years ago. New product releases in the last year have included Phonak’s Exélia and Naída, and Unitron’s Yuu and Next, as well as the iCom, iPilot, and

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AmericaHears adds a splash of colour

America Hears (www.AmericaHears.com) announced it will offer its popular Freedom SIE (speaker-in-the-ear) hearing aids in an array of six colors for fashion-conscious consumers demanding up-to-date looks along with high-performance digital hearing assistance. The new hearing aids now are available in off-white, slate-grey, ebony, cobalt-blue and ruby-red in addition to the original flesh-toned version.

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The SolarAid

Newsweek has an interview with Howard Weinstein, the designer of the SolarAid. He talks about the hurdles he faced when trying to get it into production and how he hopes it will help bring better hearing to Africa: Weinstein knew what he had to do: change the business model. Drawing on his years in the corporate bunker, he started working the phones, chatting up financiers, consulting with electronics wizards and haggling with manufacturers. He

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Second hand hearing aids?

Why is there no established market for second hand hearing aids? Given the high price of a new aid, you would think that a cheaper second-hand model would be very tempting to a lot of people. It’s not so different from buying a second hand car The second-hand car market is huge. People have the option of buying privately and taking some risk on the quality of the car or they can buy a re-conditioned/serviced/checked car from a dealer. The same

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Take your hearing aids out, hear more

You could hear more by taking your hearing aids out. How does that work? Well, I was in a meeting yesterday, sat around a table with seven other people – after a while I realised that I wasn’t hearing several of them as well as I normally would be. I did a quick check that the volume settings on my aids were correct – they were. I didn’t have a cold. I couldn’t think of any reason why I couldn’t hear them.

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Widex Inteo test drive

Melinda Beck has written in the Wall Street Journal about her experiences with a Widex Inteo aid. It’s an interesting article because it touches on some of the problems that new hearing aid wearers face, such as: A rush of new sounds: New aid wearers will be hearing many sounds that they haven’t heard for a long time (if ever) – this can be overwhelming to begin with, but as Melinda noted with the rustling crisp packets, it soon becomes

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Open fit hearing aids

Open fit hearing aids are similar in style to BTE aids in that a shell sits above your ear and a wire travels down from there into your ear canal – but that’s where the similarities end. Open Fit BTEs are much newer technology than traditional BTEs – the shell above the ear is much smaller and the whole aid is lighter. The open in the name comes from the fact that the earpiece does not fit tightly into your ear canal – as is the case with

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A look at Starkey

Healthcare Digital has a interesting little article about Starkey UK. It talks a bit about the company’s history, current production model and their quality control processes.

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Can you cope without your hearing aid?

If you are a hearing aid wearer, can you go without them? Do you feel comfortable leaving the house if you haven’t got your aids in? I have a severe hearing loss in both ears – if I am not wearing my aids and somebody wants to speak to me then they have to be close and have to be talking loudly and straight at me. I don’t feel comfortable talking to people if I don’t have my hearing aids in and I wouldn’t even think about leaving the house

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Personal hearing aid software

I previously wrote about how letting hearing aid wearers program their own aids would be good thing. To briefly recap: I think that giving us wearers a simplified version of the software that audiologists use to program digital hearing aids to an individual’s requirements would allow us to get maximum benefit from our aids. A comment from David made me realise I’d missed a few important things in that article and got me thinking some more….

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Oticon ends online hearing aid sales

Oticon’s new distribution guidelines state that they will only supply their products to distributors who directly fit and sell Oticon products to end-users through face-to-face in-person consultations. These new guidelines effectively bring an end to customers being able to buy Oticon products via the Internet, mail order or catalogues. In a -->press release, The American Academy of Audiology welcomes Oticon’s decision and hopes that other

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Hearing aid batteries at Microbattery.com

Microbattery.com offer a wide range of hearing aid batteries at good prices. Their front page has a handy little section that lets you pick the battery you need based on its colour or size code. They are stocking batteries from: Rayovac, Panasonic, Energizer, ZeniPower, Duracell, PowerOne, Renata, Sony and iCellTech. Well worth a look if you need to stock up. Do you have a particular battery brand that you swear by? Do you get better performance

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Bionica says Clio is worth getting excited about

Bionica Corp have filed patents relating to their Clio hearing aid. Up until now they have been very quiet about the Clio but now Bionica’s chief executive officer, Peter T. Hahn, given some details of it’s design. The Clio’s controls are simple to operate, modeled after popular digital music players, Hahn said in an interview. The acoustic feedback triggered by many hearing aides, he said, was eliminated by separating the microphone from the

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Advice on buying hearing aids

The American Chronicle has published a nice article about purchasing hearing aids – you can read it here. I’ve previously written about buying your first hearing aid.

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Starkey destined for India

Starkey are poised to launch their Destiny hearing aid in India by November 2007. This news comes from the ExpressHealthcare website – they are reporting that the Destiny will be sold for up to 50,000 Rupees, which according to XE.com, is around £650. From ExpressHealthcare on Starkey’s move into the Indian market: The biggest concern is that there are not many qualified audiologists in India and hence awareness is low. Said Rohit Misra,

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Donate your old hearing aids to charity

I was tidying out some drawers the other day and I found my old hearing aids. I have some Siemens ITCs and two pairs of Starkey ITEs – I’m sure I also have at least one pair of BTEs somewhere but they didn’t turn up. My first thought was to throw them into the bin with the rest of the stuff from the drawer but I remembered reading something somewhere about charities that recycle old hearing aids and give them to people who aren’t able to own a

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Two hearingaids are better than one

When buying hearingaids, it can be tempting to buy one instead of two. It’s cheaper for a start. If you are worried about how you will look with hearingaids, one aid would be easier to hide then two. It might be case of, “I’ll buy one and see how I get on with it“. If you are suffering from hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearingaids. If you bought glasses, would you consider buying just the one lens?

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Widex denies GN Resound merger talks

Widex have rejected speculation it was in talks with headset maker GN Store Nord and its hearing aid arm Resound over a potential merger. Shares in GN rose as much as 7 percent on Friday on speculation the companies were in talks, but lost some positive ground once Widex had denied the rumour. “We haven’t been in talks and are very surprised over the rumours we were to buy Resound,” Widex Sales and Marketing Chief Tom Westermann told Reuters.

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Songbird flies again

David from Hearing Mojo reports that Songbird Hearing have received venture capitalist funding in order to re-start their disposable hearing aid business. He gives a good writeup so I’m not going over it here again. I will say though, that I think there’s still a huge market for throwaway CIC hearing aids, for two reasons: Check out David’s article and while you are there, subscribe to his feed – it’s a great blog.

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Widex bling for your ear

From Widex, the ultimate in ear-bling! A 24-carat gold BTE aid and remote control unit, encrusted with 220 diamonds. Yours for only $50,000. I’m not sure if this thing actually exists? Might be a PR effort by Widex or a Photoshop knockup by someone with far too much time on their hands.

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Focus on Phonak’s Audeo, Una and Aero ranges

Great article on InventorSpot about Phonak’s new range of hearing aids… sorry, Phonak’s new range of Personal Communication Aids. They talk about Phonak’s new marketing stance. They also write about people’s perception of hearing aid wearers and how it differs from spectacle wearers. “Phonak’s marketing is right on. When you visit Phonak’s websites, you feel like you’re buying a Lexus, not a hearing aid. The models have names like Audéo, Salia,

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The Occlusion Effect

The occlusion effect occurs when a hearingaid completely fills the outer part of the ear canal. It can cause the wearer’s voice to sound funny. Many people complain that they sound hollow or it’s like they are talking into a barrel. Chewing food can also sound odd, and even cause discomfort, to someone with occluded canals. Normally when people talk or chew, the produced sound vibrations escape through the unblocked ear – nothing is heard. But

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What do you wear?

I have some questions for you, dear reader. I’m guessing that many of you already wear a hearingaid, so, I’d like to know what model you have and what you think of it. It would be cool to put together some stats to see what aid is most popular and which ones are rated best. So, if you can spare 5, can you leave a comment and answer these?

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Testing hearingaid batteries

Different hearingaids use different sizes of battery, they also consume battery power at different rates. A battery may last a week in one aid, but only 3 days in another. I’ve written before about testing a new hearingaid and making a decision whether you want to buy it – it’s also a good idea to test the batteries to find out how long they will last. During your hearingaid’s trial period, use the same battery until it runs out – did it last

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What do you want from a hearing aid?

OK, so people buy hearing aids to improve their hearing. That much is obvious. But what do you really want from your hearing aid? It’s worth thinking this over before you go out to buy a hearingaid. You want to make sure you get the right aid for you. When you visit an audiologist, go armed with a checklist of the things you want and also the things you don’t want. Some things to think about: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even stuff that

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Digital hearing aids

What is a digital hearing aid? What does it do and how does it work? Very simply put: a hearing aid is a device used to help hard of hearing people to hear sounds better. A digital hearing aid achieves this by receiving sounds through a number of microphones, processing the sound and outputting it into your ear. The processing of the sound is performed by what is essentially a mini computer inside the hearing aid – this is where the digital part

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The best place for hearing aids is in ears

I visited my parents today. My Mum was telling me about how bad my Auntie’s hearing is these days. Turns out that she visited her GP about her hearing 2 years ago, was referred to the local hospital and was fitted with digital behind-the-ear hearing aids not long after. So, why is her hearing still so bad? She doesn’t wear her hearing aids, they sit in the cupboard at home. She is one of the many who prefer to stay in denial about their hearing

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Testing your hearing aid

Once you have visited an audiologist, had a hearing test and picked a hearing aid, you need to try out the aid and make sure it is suitable for you. You should always be given a trial period when you buy a hearing aid – some time in which you can determine if the aid is right for you and return it if it is not. If you have visited a hearing aid vendor that does not offer you a trial period with a full money back guarantee go somewhere else. It

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Buying your first hearing aid

If you are not hearing as much as you would like and you think you may benefit from a hearing aid you should seek professional advice. An audiologist will be able to test your hearing, assess the damage and recommend hearing aids that are right for you. This is a guide to getting getting the most from your first visit to an audiologist. The audiologist will probably ask you some background info. When did you start to notice your were not hearing

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Wirear – a new design for hearing aids

We may have just been given a sneak peek into the future of hearing aids by Sun Kyung Sunwoo from the University of Technology, Sydney. She entered her Wirear design into the Australian Design Awards. It’s a radical departure from the in or behind the ear models we are used to seeing. My initial impression is that it looks ugly but I guess it could grow on me, what do you think? It’s interesting to see an attempt at a different design – all new

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Speaker-in-the-Ear Hearing Aids

Currently, there is a trend in the hearing aid industry toward smaller and more discreet hearing aids, including the recent development of open fit hearing aids (also known as open ear hearing aids). Open fit hearing aids have one major limitation, however; they are not appropriate for many people with a more severe hearing loss and are best used by those with high frequency hearing loss and normal low frequency hearing.

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Rayovac hearing aid batteries

Rayovac is the #1 best selling hearing aid battery in the world. Rayovac produce a range of specially designed batteries for all hearing aids types and also cochlear implants. I have been using Rayovac batteries in my Siemens ITE hearing aids for a very long time. I honestly cannot remember ever having a dud battery, not once, every one has worked and that’s a lot of batteries over the years! I tend to change them once a week, I think they would

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Is your hearing aid whistling?

A well-fitting hearing aid that is working properly should not whistle. Whistling can be caused by:

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Moving from analogue to digital hearing aids

Analogue and digital hearing aids are completely different beasts. Up until now I have worn only analogue aids and I’m in the process of getting some digital ones so I thought I’d write about a few things I’ve noticed during the switch. Analogue hearing aids amplify all sounds at the same level – this can make it difficult for wearers to hear conversation when there is a lot of background noise. Digital hearing aids are much cleverer in that

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In the ear (ITE) hearing aids

There are for main types of hearing aid: Behind The Ear (BTE), In The Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC) and Completely In Canal (CIC). Each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are thinking of buying a new hearing aid, it is worth spending some time thinking about which type would be best for you – ideally you should visit an audiologist or aid vendor who will give you a hearing assessment and advice on which aids would be most

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Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids

There are four main types of hearing aid: Behind The Ear (BTE), In The Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC) and Completely In Canal (CIC). Each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are thinking of buying a new hearing aid, it is worth spending some time thinking about which type would be best for you – ideally you should visit an audiologist or aid vendor who will give you a hearing assessment and advice on which aids would be

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In the canal (ITC) hearing aids

There are for main types of hearing aid: Behind The Ear (BTE), In The Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC) and Completely In Canal (CIC). Each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are thinking of buying a new hearing aid, it is worth spending some time thinking about which type would be best for you – ideally you should visit an audiologist or aid vendor who will give you a hearing assessment and advice on which aids would be most

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Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids

There are for main types of hearing aid: Behind The Ear (BTE), In The Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC) and Completely In Canal (CIC). Each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are thinking of buying a new hearing aid, it is worth spending some time thinking about which type would be best for you – ideally you should visit an audiologist or aid vendor who will give you a hearing assessment and advice on which aids would be most

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The future of hearing aids

A not always completely serious look at the technology that might, or might not, be available for hearing aid users in the future. I like listening to music but I always find it uncomfortable to wear headphones over the top of my hearing aids. There’s a few basic reasons why it can be uncomfortable: So, I think it would be really useful, and cool, to have a hearing aid with a built-in music player and radio! You could have the player in your

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