Hearing Aid Brands and Styles
Hearing aid design and function have progressed significantly since their inception, with electronic hearing aids in use since the early 20th century, following the invention of microphones and telephones in the late 19th century. Consequently, hearing aid technology corresponds with advancements in digital technology, such as mobile phones, Bluetooth, and tablets. Hearing aids offer a wide range of features and designs to meet specific hearing needs of the wearer, and also range in the style they are worn. The two most common styles are worn behind the ear (BTE) and in the ear (ITE). With many styles and specifications to choose from, we’ve created an overview of the major hearing aid manufacturers on the market today.
Hearing Aid Styles
Oticon Hearing Aids
Fueled by research and innovation, Oticon was founded by one man’s commitment to improving hearing aid technology to improve his wife’s life.
With eight hearing aid models, the quality and personalization of each hearing aid demonstrates their humanistic approach. Based on studies conducted through the Ericksholm Research Centre, Oticon has developed the new BrainHearing Technology, which focuses on the intricate relationship between the brain and the ear.
With BrainHearing embedded in Oticon hearing aids, wearers benefit from four key components of this technology: speech clarity, spatial sound as registered by the brain, focus that hones in on specific sounds, and YouMatic, a tool that personalizes sound for each individual. Oticon hearing aids treat a range of hearing loss from mid-level to severe degrees, and also offer wireless control of volume and streaming of sound from electronic devices.
Widex Hearing Aids
Widex is a Danish manufacturer that has been making high quality hearing aids for almost 60 years.
Widex is a Danish manufacturer that has been making high quality hearing aids for almost 60 years. In 1995, they launched the first fully digital all in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid, the Senso. In 2008, they launched the first hearing aids with Zen tones to address tinnitus for hearing aid wearers. Their product portfolio has long been known for having unparalleled sound quality with a natural sound profile. Most recently, the company introduced the Widex Beyond series to the market.
WIDEX BEYOND™ THE MADE-FOR-IPHONE HEARING AID
The Widex Beyond 440 is a made for iPhone hearing aid that is designed to give you great hearing whilst also effortlessly connecting to the world around you. It is the latest release from Widex and represents the pinnacle of their hearing aid technology. The Widex Beyond 440 has a 2.4GHz Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to efficiently stream audio directly to your hearing aids whilst easily controlling your all aspects of your hearing from your iPhone or iPad.
Starkey Hearing Aids
Starkey Hearing Technologies began in 1967 and produced the industry’s first in-canal hearing aid, as well as waterproof hearing aid, and fully programmable invisible hearing aid.
Their commitment to innovation continues to this day, with their new Halo 2 hearing aid, designed to be compatible for iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The Halo hearing aid comes in the form of RIC or BTE, and has the ability to stream music and phone conversations directly from your Apple products.
Starkey’s line of products currently offers seven distinct styles of hearing aids: RIC, BTE, ITE, as well as invisible, completely in canal (CIC), in the canal (ITC), and tinnitus-specific. Depending on the style, the variations of Starkey hearing aids treats different degrees of hearing loss and also can be customized depending on the wearer’s aesthetic sensibilities. Their commonalities lie in the clear, crisp sound they deliver to your ears, and the ease of operation in their use. This manufacturer is linked to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which leads annual hearing missions around the globe and fits 100,000 children and adults internationally with hearing aids.
Resound Hearing Aids
Since their inception in 1943, ReSound has since expanded to offices in 25 countries and distributors in 80 countries.
ReSound is committed to smart technology, with the goal to “remove the barrier that has arisen in our modern era where so many sounds and communication from a distance (mainly via electronic devices) instead of from people close to you.” This mission is carried out in their extensive line of products, notably their latest, the LiNX 3D hearing aid.
The LiNX 3D hearing aid mimics the binaural hearing natural to our ears, and eliminates the noisiness of surrounding environments for better hearing in conversations. It was also the very first made-for-iPhone hearing aid launched. The Linx 3D features direct streaming from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, delivered with Bluetooth technology, and also boasts wireless control of volume, treble and bass via your electronic devices. Additionally, the corresponding apps provided by ReSound, and the small, comfortable designs available with the LiNX 3D make them a great choice for active lifestyles. For individuals with severe to profound hearing loss, ReSound has the powerful Enzo hearing aid, which also offers the same technological features as the LiNX 3D.
Siemens-Signia Hearing Aids
In 1913, Siemens was one of the first hearing aid manufacturers to introduce the electronically amplified hearing aids.
Though nascent models were large (almost the size of a cigar box), Siemens now produces sleek, top-of-the-line hearing aids for use in diverse, active lifestyles. Siemens offers the three main kinds of hearing aids: receiver in canal (RIC), BTE, and ITE. Their latest innovation,
Their latest innovation, Binax, imitates the natural binaural hearing of our ears and allows the wearer to hear better in noisy environments. Siemens Binax has a light, minimal design and conservative energy usage, and through its technology, improves speech recognition and filters sound even in windy environments. This line of hearing aids treats a wide range of hearing loss, from mild to severe, as well as related problems such as tinnitus. In addition, binax is equipped with technology to connect to cell phones and tablets, making the electronics on your daily life more accessible. Most models offer telecoils as well, which allows the wearer to loop into induction loop systems in public venues, feeding sound directly from the PA to the ears.