Hearing aids. From traditional to binaural hearing aids.

Hearing aids. From traditional to binaural hearing aids.
Thu, Dec 09, 21
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Hearing aids

For anyone with hearing loss, finding an immediate and durable solution can’t come soon enough. So let’s waste no time and start exploring everything you need to know with the experts from Audientes!

Why hearing aids?

For anyone short of being deaf, hearing aids offer an ever-evolving tech solution to start hearing again. This is revolutionary for the 430 million people, or 5% of the world population, that suffer from mild to severe hearing loss. Hearing problems are known to have uncomfortable and disruptive effects on daily life, relationships and self-esteem, and this is why modern hearing aids have the potential to make a huge impact on someone’s overall well-being.

In this deep-dive piece, we’ll look at common hearing aid features and models, next steps in finding the perfect-fitting solution, and all the new opportunities coming with today’s self-fitting hearing aids.

An up-close look at traditional hearing aids

Hearing aids have one, very important job: to make sounds louder. To do this, traditional models are typically designed as battery-powered electronic devices, adaptable to one or both ears, and are tiny enough to fit in or behind the ear.

For decades, while they differed in size and price, the traditional tan-colored designs became ubiquitous as the one-and-only hearing loss solution. These included the same core components:

  • Microphone: To detect sounds in any space.
  • Amplifier: To make incoming sounds louder and turn into digital code.
  • Speaker: Also known as “receivers,” it projects amplified sounds into the ear.
  • Battery: Powers the device with either replaceable or rechargeable options.

    These traditional models range from completely-in-the-canal, also known as the “most hidden,” hearing aids to open-fit hearing aids and receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids making up the most visible options. While they include different features, they all share something in common: the need for in-person meetings with an audiologist or ENT specialist.

     

    As illustrated by the Mayo Clinic, traditional choices for hearing aid styles include: completely in the canal (A), in the canal (B), in the ear (C), behind the ear (D), receiver in canal or receiver in the ear (E), and open fit (F) 

    This in-person approach between doctor and patient has long been the best and, often, only option. From identifying the best models to device check-ups and fine-tuning, having an audiologist present was essential—and it still is. But access to both specialists and self-fitting hearing aids has never been easier thanks to today’s cutting-edge digital technology.

    Today’s hearing aid fitting process

    For the first time ever, professional help and do-it-yourself hearing loss treatments have quickly become accessible from the comfort of any home. Resident audiologists are now available remotely and at any time you need, and this is one of our core offerings at Audientes. Whether online or over the phone, these specialists help you to directly:

    • Explore the best and latest options
    • Discuss perks of wearing and self-fitting technology
    • Guide you through the user-friendly phone apps

       Why is this so revolutionary? Because it’s like having your own personal hearing clinic with you, whenever and wherever you need it. This online access breaks through all the age-old barriers to hearing health, including:

      • High cost of hearing aids
      • Shortage of audiologists and hearing specialists
      • Costly and difficult fitting process
      • Recurrent costs of hearing aids 

        In addition, recent changes in regulations are making hearing aids available to easily purchase over the counter. For us at Audientes, this takes the form of Audientes Experience Centers where everyone can experience self-fitting hearing aids for themselves.

        Whether by contactless delivery or over-the-counter purchases, millions of people around the world are starting to receive much-needed universal access for their personal hearing health needs.

        Modern, self-fitting hearing aids

        What’s different today from traditional hearing aids? Everything. The world has moved from in-person and prescription-only hearing aids to do-it-yourself solutions. The Audientes team is excited to be a part of this “ear-volution,” and we want to introduce you to some of the groundbreaking new features available on today’s market.

        World’s first truly self-fitting technology in 3 simple steps.

        Say goodbye to waiting in a doctor’s office. Anyone interested in hearing aids can comfortably self-test with built-in industry standard pure tone audiometry and ergonomically-designed earbuds. 

        Smart, sleek and independent.

        Different from their tan-colored predecessors, today’s premier hearing aids can be simply adjusted with either on-device buttons or with a smartphone companion app. Dedicated keys allow for full volume control, fine tuning, noise cancellation, voice enhancement and more. 

        One device customized to both ears.

        Binaural hearing solutions are bringing state-of-the-art functionality to both ears like never before. These devices allow anyone to customize each ear separately or turn one side off—everything is possible to set up in just a few simple steps.

        Comfortable hearing aids are designed to the highest industry standards.

        Let’s take Audientes’ latest model as an example: advanced Quad-Core chipset; the latest Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity for TV and phone calls; powerful 200mAH lithium battery for superior usage time; and water resistant with IP68 protection class are all included. This quality hardware packed in a high-end, digital hearing aid is just a fraction of the cost of traditional models.

        Need hearing aid help?

        At Audientes, our primary goal has always been to make high-quality hearing aids available to the millions of people around the world who suffer from disabling hearing loss. Dive deeper into our newest self-fitting digital hearing aid, also known as the Audientes Ven.

         

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