While most audiologists do their best to provide an appropriate hearing aid fitting on day one, the hearing aid fitting itself is typically considered just a starting point. After the hearing aid fitting, hearing aid users are typically scheduled for at least one follow-up visit to check progress, address issues, and make any necessary hearing aid tweaks. The first few visits are typically bundled into the cost of new hearing aids, and are considered essential for anyone wanting to get the most bang for their buck out of their new devices. But all too often buyers forego these free follow-up visits, either due to time constraints or neglect, missing an opportunity to receive important counseling, troubleshooting help, and hearing aid fine-tuning. Some consumers run out of patience with the process completely, with at least 1 out of every 10 having a hearing aid “in the drawer.” Read more
Remember Carl Fredricksen’s constant frustration with his hearing aids in the popular Pixar film Up? Unfortunately, there is some truth to Pixar’s depiction of hearing aids. Hearing aid feedback (loud squealing), excessive noise, and over-amplification can still be a problem. Anyone who has worn hearing aids for more than 5 years can recount numerous embarrassing occasions of older models squeaking in the middle of a dinner party or providing overwhelming amplification of car and wind noise. Read more
With the introduction of its new wireless Jabra Elite Sport earbuds, the GN Group is starting to make good on its promise to cross-fertilize technologies between its headsets and hearing aids.
Touted in this week’s announcement as “the most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds,” the Elite Sport earbuds feature stereo music, an in-ear heart-rate monitor, fitness analysis software, voice-activated Bluetooth phone calls, and automatic switching to the earbud with the least background noise. Designed for high-intensity workouts, they are impervious to sweat, waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of three feet (IP67 rated), and work with Jabra’s Sport Life App to provide in-ear fitness-performance reporting (using heart rate and VO2 Max data). Read more
When Oticon announced that its new OpnTM hearing aids would connect users to “the Internet of Things,” a lot of people scratched their heads. Many didn’t yet know exactly what the “IoT” was, much less what it might have to do with hearing aids.
The concept is simple: the Opn hearing aids connect to the internet through an iPhone utilizing the new Oticon ON app. The hearing aids then interact with and trigger other internet-connected devices using the new IFTTT (If This Then That) protocol. Read more
Unitron’s new Moxi Now hearing aid packs a lot of technology, including wireless ear-to-ear sound processing, into a smaller package than ever – about the size of two fat blueberries. The Sonova Group subsidiary says it’s 14% smaller than its closest competitor, making it the world’s smallest wireless receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid. Read more
Consumers are warming up to the idea of using rechargeable hearing aid batteries in place of the disposable zinc-air batteries required by most modern hearing devices. According to a recent Hearing Tracker survey, new rechargeable technologies – that provide longer battery life in smaller packages – are leading many hearing aid consumers to consider making the switch. Read more
I am 84 and have used hearing aids for 25 years. Until 2014 they worked so well that I could almost ignore them. But then I learned unconditionally that “sometimes hearing aids are just not enough”! I.e. like when talking to doctors, lawyers, family, work men around the house, fill in the blanks, etc! Read more
Nura, an Australian technology startup, has promoted Nura headphones on Kickstarter as a music-listening device that "automatically measures your hearing" and adjusts "to your unique hearing profile" - all in about 30 seconds. Earlier today, Nura's crowdfunding campaign was named the "best funded Australian Kickstarter campaign ever" by Business Insider Australia. Nura's Kickstarter page currently shows over 4000 backers and over 900 thousand dollars in pledges. Read more
Oticon’s new Opn hearing aids were recently discovered for sale online for a conspicuously low price. While we’d rather not divulge the exact price, we can confirm that the direct-to-consumer cost was so low that some practicing audiologists reported paying the same amount to purchase in their own hearing aid stock. Read more
Anyone who owns a cellphone can’t be faulted for assuming most hearing aids are powered by rechargeable batteries. You don’t have to buy a new disposable battery and throw out the old one every time your cellphone battery dies, do you? Of course not – you plug your phone in at night and simply recharge it for another day of use. Read more