HEARING AID TECHNOLOGY

All hearing instruments are basically miniature sound systems. Sound is picked up by a microphone, amplified or made louder, then delivered to the ear by means of a tiny loudspeaker. Many people think of hearing aids as large, obtrusive devices, but due to significant technological advances, they can often be virtually unnoticeable.

Hearing Aids

Quality Hearing Devices

We offer every brand, model and type of hearing aid in Canada, including the latest digital technologies, all at affordable prices. We stand behind all of our products, providing on-going service and support. After your fitting, we welcome you back for adjustments and follow-up appointments at no additional charge, making sure that you are completely informed and comfortable with your new hearing aids.

CIC (Completely in the canal)

CIC (Completely in the canal)

Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids are, as the name indicates, placed deeply within the ear canal. Despite the small size, this hearing aid type contains the latest technology of equal quality to larger models.

In the canal

ITC (In the canal)

These instruments are somewhat larger than the CICs and fill a little more of the ear canal. They may be a little easier for some people to manipulate, though they are still small.

ITE (In the air)

ITE (In the ear)

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids. Unlike behind-the-ear hearing aids, in-the-ear hearing aids are placed inside the ear and consist of only one part (the shell) into which the electronics are built. The shell is custom-made from an impression of the user's ear canal.

BTE (Behind the ear)

BTE (Behind the ear)

Behind -the-ear (BTE) hearing aids consist of a plastic casing containing the electronics, from which the amplified sound is fed through a clear plastic tube to an earmould. The earhook on the behind-the-ear hearing aid connects to this tube which forms the connection to the custom made earmold worn in the user's ear.

RIC - Nearly Invisible

This device is similar to an open-fit hearing aid, but differs as the speaker unit is removed from the micro BTE and is attached to a wire which fits inside the ear canal. The speaker units (receivers) come in different power levels so this style of aid can fit a wider range of hearing loss compared to the open-fit. They are comfortable to wear as they can be fitted with soft, rounded tips or custom-made tips.

Smallest Hearing Aid

World's Smallest Hearing Aid

The world’s smallest receiver in the canal hearing aid, Unitron’s Moxi NOW, is bursting with technology that makes listening fully automatic, high performance, and fully wireless. The smooth lines and nearly invisible size make it comfortable to wear all day long. It’s also delivers natural sound in a discreet design - the smallest sized does not mean compromise.

Smallest Hearing Aid
Seniors

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

The world’s smallest rechargeable hearing aid is now available, revealing the industry’s passion for listening to consumers’ needs and responding with technology that performs. This new device delivers all-day listening on an overnight charge, so patients never miss a conversation. Most impressively, these hearing aids allow the wearer to swap the rechargeable batteries with traditional batteries at any time, so they’re never without power. Flexibility at its finest!

Wireless Technology

Recent advances in hearing aid technology have included hearing instruments that are capable of connecting "wirelessly" to various accessories including:

Conversation

Television

People with hearing loss often have difficulty hearing the conversations in movies or on TV especially when there is other noise present (such as actors talking in a street or restaurant scene). People with hearing loss may also have difficulty coping with loud sounds in movies or commercials on TV as the damage to their hearing can result in over sensitivity.

Solution

Solution

  • A device that can be plugged into the television that will transmit the sound directly into the hearing aids without having to wear headphones or worry about tripping over cables!

  • Because the hearing aids are customized for your hearing needs, you will experience superior sound quality compared to an "off the shelf" listening device.

  • You will also never miss out on conversation as your hearing aids can be adjusted to hear not only the TV but other important sounds happening around you.

Wireless

Mobile Phones

Listening with a mobile phone can prove challenging for most people even those with normal hearing as they are often used in noisy environments. It is also more difficult to hear with one ear versus two.

Solution

Solution

  • A small device that you can clip on your lapel that will allow you to have a conversation even if your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone is out of reach.

  • Some hearing aids and cell phones allow direct streaming without a device.

  • Allows you to hear your mobile phone ring and have a conversation directly through your hearing aids. Simply press a button to answer or calls or adjust volume.

  • Clear and easy-to-understand conversation and no feedback (whistling) from hearing aids. Have the proven benefit of hearing the conversation in both ears!

Mobile Phones

Audio Devices

Hearing aid users often complain that music does not sound as rich or full. In the past, hearing aid users had to remove their hearing aids to listen to their personal audio devices (such as MP3 players).

Solution

Solution

  • Small, discreet device that can connect to any audio device (MP3 player, iPod, laptop or radio) to wirelessly stream sound directly to the hearing aids.

  • Plug and play with easy to see visual display of battery status and volume control.

  • Rechargeable battery for use on the go.

Audio devises

Portable Microphone

Listening at a distance of greater than 6 feet is difficult for all listeners and is only made worse if you have hearing loss. Listening in background noise, especially when that noise is other people talking, is also very difficult.

Solution

Solution

  • A small, portable microphone that can be clipped onto your conversational partner's clothing and deliver a crisp audio signal directly to your hearing aids.

  • Can transmit up to 20 feet, helping you hear when you are further away from the speaker (such as at a religious service or meeting) or when you are not facing the speaker (such as in a car).

  • Hear who you want to hear in a restaurant!

Portable Microphone

Why 2.4 GHz for Wireless Technology?

While many companies offer wireless solutions, ReSound is the only hearing aid manufacturer to use the 2.4 GHz radio frequency band for its accessories. Here’s why:

No Streamers

No need for a streamer around the neck

Range

Transmits up to 30 feet with great sound quality due to fast processing speed

Easy

Simple to use with the push of a button, small and discreet


Safe

No contraindication for patients using cardiac pacemakers

Book an Appointment

While many people associate hearing loss with the elderly, it can impact people of all ages. Many people 65 years of age and younger experience some type of loss. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need. If you’re concerned about your hearing, contact us to schedule your personal assessment.

Essential Hearing Services

47 Charing Cross St.

Brantford, ON Canada

N3R 2H4

Phone: 519-758-0444

Hours

Monday - Friday 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM

Saturday - Sunday Closed

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