Top 4 Hearing Aids of 2016
So far, 2016 has been an exciting year for hearing aids. Coming off the innovation of 2015, dubbed “Year of the Hearables,” we’ve seen some great releases from our favorite manufacturers this spring. At the same time, we still believe in two hearing aids that were introduced in the previous year – advanced instruments that are still waiting for others to catch up.
Here are our top 4 favorite hearing aids so far in 2016!
Starkey Halo 2 Made for iPhone
In 2015, Starkey Hearing Instruments improved upon their original Made for iPhone hearing aid with the Halo 2. The Halo 2 helps wearers stay connected to the people and things they love most, utilizing a connection through the TruLink Hearing Control app. The TruLink app is what connects your Halo 2 hearing aids to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple watch, increasing accessibility.
Halo 2 is equipped with Acuity Directionality and Speech Shift, both of which improve speech audibility in challenging environments. With the ability to stream your phone calls directly from your iPhone to your Halo 2 hearing aids, you’ll experience more improved communication. To ensure a natural listening experience, the Halo 2 is equipped with an incredible GPS-based feature, which geo-tags your preferences in specific locations and automatically make the switch when you return.
For personalized, comfortable hearing, the Halo 2 offers SoundSpace which allows you to make adjustments to your preferences and feedback cancellation. For those who experience tinnitus, the Halo 2 is equipped with Starkey’s Advanced Multiflex Tinnitus Technology. Coated in Surface NanoShield, the Halo 2 is a durable and dependable choice for active lifestyles.
The LiNX2 is ReSound’s answer to a flexible, Made for iPhone hearing aid. With New Binaural Directionality II and Spatial Sense, the LiNX2 supports the brain’s natural ability to process sounds and provides wearers with effortless hearing. Spatial Sense gives you the ability to identify the direction from which sounds come, while Binaural Directionality II simulates natural binaural hearing so that you are able to pick up all the sounds you want to hear.
The New SureFit receivers improve listening comfort and sound quality, while the LiNX2’s construction, coated in iSolate nanotech material, repels water and dust to ensure powerful performance.
Through wireless connection, LiNX2 hearing aids allow wearers to stream phone calls, music, and other media directly to their ears. The ReSound LiNX2 app, downloadable for iPhone and Android devices, allows wearers simple control over their hearing aids. Wearers may now adjust volume, treble, bass, and enhance listening in challenging environments through a simple touch on their smartphones. LiNX2 hearing aids are available in custom, behind-the-ear, and receiver-in-canal styles.
Starkey Muse Made for Life
Powered by the Synergy Platform, Muse Made for Life hearing aids are a family of wireless hearing instruments new from Starkey. Muse offers high-quality audio with exceptional comfort and a personalized listening experience. As wireless hearing aids, they allow wearers to connect with SurfLink to stream phone calls, music, and other media directly to their ears. For music lovers, the Muse offers a high-definition music listening experience developed from professional musicians.
Muse offers wearers excellent speech intelligibility and accurate speech detection in difficult listening situations, using a processing platform that balances sounds at a high speed. Feedback cancellation eliminates whistling and buzzing, while enhanced radio sensitivity increases the streaming range available to the Muse (double that of older Starkey instruments).
Muse is equipped with Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Therapy, and is also available for people who experience single-sided deafness. The Muse is available in custom styles, including a slender micro receiver-in-canal with a telecoil and a mini behind-the-ear style.
OPN (pronounced “open”) is Oticon’s latest hearing aid, providing wearers with 20% less listening effort in noisy environments. Opn builds upon Oticon’s successes of BrainHearing Technology, which supports the brain in the auditory process.
Powered by the Velox platform, Opn is an open sound solution which means wearers experience a full spectrum of sound in their environment. The brain is empowered to choose the sounds to focus on, among multiple conversations and background noise. This strengthens the brain’s ability’s to hear while giving wearers a fuller listening experience.
The Open Sound Navigator Environmental Analyzer scans the wearer’s listening environment 100 times per second to capture a rich sound picture. With TwinLink technology, Opn wearers experience a high quality of sound in phone conversations as well as through Internet connection to an archive of everyday sounds from alarms to gaming systems. The Oticon Opn is available in a mini receiver-in-canal style.
Ready to test drive these exciting new hearing aids? Contact us at Greentree Hearing and Audiology.