Month: May 2014

How Much Do Digital Hearing Aids Cost?

Portfolio-Dummy-Sleeve-5-Pack-v3 (1)How much do hearing aids cost is a very common question that you come across. This is because of the fact that you will not be able to assess a hearing aid on your own. There are different kinds of hearing aids too. There are some that are digital in nature and there are others that are not digital in nature. The digital hearing devices are the ones that are much more expensive than the ones that are not digital in nature. So, you will have to make sure that you make the right selection.

The development in various kinds of technology, especially the nano technology, has helped to create some amazingly small devices that are very effective too. The sound that is heard by the person who is using it is crystal clear. In spite of the crystal clear sound, many people do not prefer them because they are much more expensive. The cost of these devices could be anywhere between $2000 and $3000.

Digital Hearing Aids and Their Advantages

images (6)As more and more people have gravitated toward digital hearing aids and moved away from analog hearing aids, it has been found that the digital options do truly have a number of advantages that their analog counterparts do not. Some of the advancements and advantages associated with hearing aids that are digital include:

  • More comfort – One of the main annoyances for wearers of analog hearing aids is the discomfort that results from high intensity sounds. Those who use digital aids have found that this discomfort has been nullified for the most part. The reason for this is because digital aids have an input signal-specific band dependence, more channels and knee pints with lower compression thresholds. This leads to a greater level of satisfaction among users because it reduces the intensity of environmental sounds and microphone noise that is commonly annoying to those users who have used analog hearing aids.
  • Digital feedback reduction – There are feedback reduction systems that are so advanced that they are able to monitor for feedback while the user is wearing the hearing aid. When this occurs, moderate feedback is eliminated through a cancellation filter that is included in the hearing aid. People that bother them during jaw movement or when they are in close proximity to noise can benefit from this common feature of digital hearing aids.
  • Digital noise reduction – This feature of digital hearing devices is able to reduce noise gain that comes in the form of low frequencies or in specific bands. Although there have been studies done with digital noise reduction aids that show that the effectiveness of these systems is mixed, experts agree that they can be effective at working to improve speech recognition as long as the noise is non-fluctuating.
  • Digital speech enhancement – These systems are effective at increasing the intensity of certain segments of speech. The digital speech enhancement technology is new in hearing aids and, as a result, its effectiveness is not completely known. Case studies are still being performed to find out how effective this speech enhancement is among users.
  • Directional microphones – Although there were some bumpy roads that had to be traveled in developing this technology, the use of directional microphones in hearing aids is now well-established. In fact, when these microphones are used with DSP, the benefit may even be enhanced.

Before too long, there is a good chance that hearing aids which use digital technologies will completely replace analog hearing aids. However this is not likely to occur until the price for hearing aids that are digital decreases a little more.

In addition to this, there are still some bugs being worked out of certain aspects of digital technology. Many users of hearing aids do not want to volunteer to be test patients while the bugs are worked out. For this reason, many have decided to forego using digital aids until the time comes when they feel the devices can be relied upon to work effectively. Because of these high expectations associated with the use of digital hearing aids, manufacturers are constantly trying to make new advancements which would make these more attractive to potential buyers.

New Digital Hearing Aid Technology – The ReSound Alera

download (9)Choosing the perfect hearing aid for yourself is a very personalized process. Not only might you have concerns about quality and your budget; you want something that offers the best features and looks good as well. Such concerns make shopping around a good idea. You want options… you need options if you are going to make an informed decision. Hearing aids can improve your life in many ways, but you want to choose a hearing aid that you know you can live with.

The Alera™ by ReSound, is an excellent hearing aid model worth considering. The Alera™ is a state-of-the art hearing device offering a bevy of features and style choices, giving you more options and the freedom to choose the solution that’s right for you. That way, you can get back to the things in life which matter most. All while experiencing superb hearing improvement as well!

The ReSound Alera™ offers excellent surround sound and strong, clear connection to all those technological devices you know you love to use, such as your television, mobile phone, computer, MP3 and more! As an added bonus, your Alera™ hearing aid comes with iSolate™, a nanotech coating designed to protect your hearing device from the effects of sweat and moisture. Aside from rich sound quality and the availability of a wide range of wireless connections, the Alera™ offers the ability to understand and maintain a clear sense of what is happening around you. It also suppresses the annoying buzzing and feedback sounds from noise, telephones and close human contact.

The Resound Alera™ is a behind the ear model; a receiver-in-the-ear (RIE) style. It comes in 2 sizes, 60 and 61, with the latter being the most feature-rich of the two. It is a programmable hearing device with natural directionality and environmental optimization. This hearing aid is a great choice for a variety of hearing losses, from mild to profound. It operates on a single 312 battery with about 138 hours of battery life. The Alera™ is also a terrific choice for those with active lifestyles who need a hearing solution which will adapt to a variety of listening environments. This hearing device can be used in quiet, moderate or even demanding listening situations! You can rely on the Alera™ to allow you to multi-task when it comes to hearing, such as watching television and still hearing the telephone whenever it rings.

As if all these great features and technologically advanced capabilities weren’t enough to make you take a second look a the ReSound Alera™, this hearing solution offers stylish choices so you can match your wardrobe, blend the color with your hair and skin to make it less noticeable or even stand out by reflecting your own personality through your color selection. There are 11 colors to choose from, including cream, grey, light blonde, medium blonde, IML leaf, IML black, IML dark brown, black, black anthracite, two-tone cream/black and others.

The combination of city-based noise pollution and an increasingly older population have contributed to a considerable increase in hearing loss diagnoses over the past few years. While most people suffer from a small degree of muting as they get older, technology is becoming increasingly efficient at minimizing the negative effects of the ear’s natural breakdown.

ReSound Linx, a Danish manufacturer of hearing aids and wireless audio products, have taken a progressive approach to designing a hearing aid for the smartphone generation, combining its own 2.4Ghz wireless chips with Apple’s Made for iPhone program to facilitate a number of features one wouldn’t expect from a regular hearing aid.