New hearing aids access more and better sound
New hearing aids by Widex, Signia, others
What’s new in hearing technology? That’s a question our audiologists are asked all the time. And one that we are delighted to answer these days! There are so many excellent new hearing aids to address all types and degrees of hearing loss at CHC’s Berelson Hearing Technology Center.
Check out the latest in digital hearing instruments and be assured that CHC has no alliance with any of the hearing aid manufacturers. Our only commitment is to our clients!
What can you expect? A more true-to-life sound quality, improved speech understanding, better listening in noise. and accessories that make wireless connectivity easier than ever.
Effective March, 2017 . . . CHC-NY is pleased to offer a 10% senior citizen discount (age 65 and older) off the purchase of hearing aids and FM/Roger systems (excludes earmolds, assistive listening devices, accessories and services). This discount applies whether you buy one or two instruments. Additional discounts apply as well, such as our 5% discount for HLAA members, up to a maximum of 15%. Note that all discounts are applied to the patient responsibility amount after insurance payments are taken into account.
Hearing aids that have received especially high grades from CHC clients include these recent innovations:
- Cellion: A rechargeable hearing aid by Signia (a.k.a. Seimens) that provides up to 24 hours of continued use with unlimited streaming on a single charge. Ideal for anyone who prefers not to fuss with batteries.
- Beyond: The Made-for-iPhone hearing aid by Widex that allows you to customize your real-world listening experiences using your own hearing preference settings.
- Opn: Oticon’s version of the Made-for iPhone hearing aid is the first to connect to the internet, so its diverse functionality will surprise you. Also featuring Oticon’s top notch sound quality.
- Lyric: Extended-wear hearing aids that offer ease of use and are completely invisible. You can wear them for months at a time and even forget you’re wearing them because they are positioned entirely in the ear. Yet super comfortable.
- Roger FM Systems: A stylish and discreet wireless system that can improve your ability to understand speech in noise and over distance. Our clients are finding it indispensable at work and dining out. The microphone shaped like a pen is one of our top-selling accessories.
That’s just a sampling of new hearing aids and exciting innovations in hearing accessories that are helping our clients hear and communicate with greater confidence than ever before.
The right solution for you
What is the right hearing solution for you? That’s a question CHC audiologists are highly skilled at answering, once they’ve completed a comprehensive hearing evaluation and gotten to know you better. The right solution considers not only your degree and type of hearing loss, but day-to-day communication needs, preferred recreation and even your budget. Every hearing loss responds differently to treatment, and CHC has long offered the widest array of individualized technology solutions possible. Explore the technology section of our website to learn about new hearing aids, accessories and assistive devices available to help you or a loved one connect to life. We’re here to help you make informed decisions about your hearing health care.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need two hearing aids?
If your hearing loss is similar in both ears, two hearing aids usually provide far more benefit than one, especially in situations with background noise. If there is a significant difference between your ears, two hearing aids may or may not be beneficial—a skilled audiologist can advise you on that. Keep in mind that if you would benefit from two but only wear a hearing aid in one ear, lack of stimulation of the other ear may decrease ability to understand speech over time.
Is smaller better?
It’s instinctive to assume that smaller hearing aids are more advanced, but that’s not always true. Small hearing aids may be more “invisible,” but they’re not for every hearing loss. You can discuss this with your audiologist. Furthermore, tiny hearing aids are harder to handle. If you can pick up a dime off a table, you probably won’t have much difficulty manipulating a standard hearing aid. Some hearing aids have larger volume controls; others have options for remote controls that can turn the aid on and off, adjust the volume, and switch programs. Changing hearing aid batteries can be a challenge for the less dexterous. Some devices use rechargeable batteries, doing away with the need to change small batteries. Extended-wear hearing aids (e.g., Lyric) eliminate the need to change hearing aid batteries.
Will devices cure my hearing loss? Will they make it worse?
Hearing aids are just what the name implies: they are an aid to your hearing, not a cure. That is, they are sophisticated devices to help you to compensate for hearing loss and function well as a listener. Properly fitted hearing aids will not make your hearing worse, either. A trained audiologist will not fit you with a hearing aid that is too loud and poses potential hearing damage. All aids have a cut off level to protect the listener from excessive noise. Some people report that their hearing loss feels worse when they remove their hearing aids, compared to the hearing ability before the aids. That’s a common experience for a user who benefited from new amplification and now realizes how much they were missing before! (Some hearing losses are progressive, so if you really feel your ability to hear has decreased, see your audiologist for a checkup.)
Do I have options besides hearing aids?
Yes. There are therapeutic options and technology other than hearing aids that can help treat hearing loss. However, the strategies are usually most beneficial when used with hearing aids. Speechreading (i.e., lipreading) and auditory training are therapeutic options that can greatly improve ease of communication. Many people experience tremendous benefit from assistive listening devices for specific listening situations, such as high background noise, classrooms, or large room listening situations (religious services, performances, etc.). Assistive devices, either alone or in combination with hearing aids can make a world of difference.