Best New Hearing Aids of 2017
It’s that time of year again–the time for our annual round-up of outstanding hearing aids! And 2017 did not disappoint. Let’s take a look at some devices that were unmatched in natural listening, ease of use, connectivity, and comfort.
The Oticon Opn
The Oticon Opn stands out in the way it eases the burden of understanding speech in noisy environments, which is something many hard of hearing people struggle with. Research shows that people who use the OPN have an easier time understanding speech in noise, exert less effort while listening, and remember more of what has been said.
This device works uniquely with the brain to help speech sound more natural, and to ease understanding. It comes with an ultra-fast Velox chip and Oticon’s patented BrainHearing technology that aids the wearer in making sense of the sounds around them. And less effort exerted in listening means less fatigue in daily conversations, and more energy for enjoying life.
The OPN also features the industry’s first device to connect with the Internet through the through the IFTTT (If This, Then That) community. This device can be programmed to communicate directly with doorbells, smoke detectors and other devices through the use of its app.
The universal setting on the Opn automatically adjusts levels to suit different listening environments, allowing users to focus less on adjusting settings and more on communicating and enjoying life. The Oticon Opn is also a Made for iPhone hearing aid, which can connect and stream cellphone calls, music, and other audio direct from Apple devices without the need for an additional accessory.
Starkey Halo iQ
This impressive new device from Starkey, Starkey Halo, actually remembers where you’ve been! It geotags ‘memories’ of your settings in different places and switches automatically to that setting when you are in that location. On your next night out with friends, you’ll spend less time adjusting your hearing aid and more time living in the moment.
This Starkey model also boasts superb connection options, being a ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aid. You will be able to directly stream calls, access your favorite Apple Music tunes, and have videos streamed into your ear with amazing sound quality. All of this is achieved via the dedicated TruLink app which also helps you adjust tinnitus relief.
With durability in mind, the makers of this hearing aid added a feature which helps to protect it from the elements. The Surface™ NanoShield system repels moisture and wax to ensure the device will be durable and dependable for all types of adventuring.
Signia Pure 312 Nx
Great things come in small packages. This tiny, sophisticated hearing aid will become your best friend in no time. It sits discreetly behind your ear and can be conveniently and subtly controlled with your smartphone. The Pure 312 Nx was designed to create the purest sound amplification possible, so that your voice and all of the other sounds you hear are natural, crystal clear and free from distortion of any kind. Thanks to this device’s Own Voice Processing (OVP), your voice, as well as the speech of others, will sound balanced and natural at all times, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in conversations and lose yourself in the moment.
This Bluetooth hearing aid also offers supreme connectivity and easy control through the myControl app. You can stream the audio of your choosing–TV, phone calls, radio, concerts– directly to your ears, and easily adjust the volume as well. The Speech Quality feature that suppresses unwanted noise will ensure that you hear speech clearly in any type of environment, and the Ultra HD e2e feature provides full audio and data exchange between the two hearing aids (if you wear two), to give a full, rich sound picture. What’s not to love?
Phonak Audeo B-R
If you want a hearing aid that is compatible with (and can connect to) any cell phone, is rechargeable, and can last 24 hours on a single charge, look no further. The Phonak Audeo B-R is currently the fastest-charging and longest-lasting hearing aid on the market, so for those of you looking for ultimate convenience, this is your device. The Audeo B-R is the first to feature a built-in lithium-ion battery that can provide 24 hours of power from one simple three-hour charge.
The Audeo B-R offers not only freedom from disposable batteries, but also a whole host of other excellent features that contribute to its superior hearing performance, including the AutoSense OS operating system, which allows the hearing aid to seamlessly adapt to sounds in different environments. This hearing aid is also great at honing on a single voice, as well as boosting soft voices, so that even in the loudest environments, you won’t miss a word.
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Interested in the newest hearing aid models? Looking for an upgrade? Contact our team at Greentree Audiology in St. Louis to learn about how these advanced hearing aids fit into your life.