Hearing aids are available in analog or digital version. Analog hearing aids have been on the market for quite some time and are the least expensive type of hearing aids.
Today, most hearing aids are digital as these provide better amplification, cleaner sound quality and can be programmed by computer. They are becoming more affordable as their prices have fallen.There are 4 styles of hearing aids on the market.
A hearing professional can help you determine the style that suits you best. The inexpensive behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is fitted over the ear and rests behind it. A hearing aid that can sit just inside the ear is the in-the-ear (ITE). The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid fits slightly lower into the ear, so it is almost invisible. Lastly, the completely-in-the-ear-canal (CIC) hearing aid is fitted down the ear canal.
This review is focused on the 4 leading manufacturers of hearing aids. Siemens, Beltone, Starkey and Phonak are well known for producing superior quality hearing aids and excellent customer service.Siemens Hearing AidsSiemens has been the biggest hearing aid manufacturer in the US for over 125 years. Siemens hearing aids are designed to meet any hearing need and lifestyle.
All of them come with a two-year warranty. More channels and features are placed in every Siemens hearing aids as compared to other leading brands. Phoenix and Cielo models are Siemens’ most inexpensive line of hearing aids while the Artis e2e model is their top-of-the-line hearing aid with wireless ear-to-ear technology.Beltone Hearing AidsBeltone has more than 1300 locations in the United States of America and an exceptional reputation in the hearing aid business.
The company has a program called Belcare whereby they provide support for ongoing needs of customers who have purchased a Beltone hearing aid. Beltone hearing ptofessionals are trained to carry out a lifestyle assessment called Personalized Hearing Health Assessment (PHHA) on their customers. This program helps determine which hearing aid is right for individual hearing needs.
Beltone hearing aids are available in 4 categories: basic, quality, advantage and premier. The three-channel Edge model is the least expensive. Beltone’s mid-range model is the six-channel Mira. Beltone’s state-of-the-art hearing aid is the twelve-channel Oria which has many advanced features.Starkey Hearing AidsThe world’s largest hearing aid maker is Starkey Laboratories. They were the first to offer warranty as well as a free trial period.
They have many hearing aid models available beginning with the 3-channel Aspect. The mid-level Destiny comes in several models to accommodate your needs. Your Bluetooth-capable phone would work great with the top-of-the-line Eli models with its wireless capability.Phonak Hearing AidsPhonak, based in Switzerland, extends its services throughout the globe.
You can have your Phonak hearing aid tailored to fit to your hearing needs and lifestyle. The six channel eXtra model is Phonak’s basic entry-level hearing aid. The Valeo and Elva models are mid-range hearing aids that have sixteen channels. Savia is the top range model with twenty channels and more features than the rest of their products. Phonak also provides wireless hearing solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you know if your hearing aid is not set right?
My grandma just go a hearing aid about 2 weeks ago. She has a Beltone hearing aid. She wears two. But when I talk to her she doesn’t even hear me if I don’t say something loud first. Also she thinks the backgroung noise is too loud, but she’s not sure. How loud should it be?
I know this is a hard question to answer, but I’d appreciate your input.
Your Grandma’s hearing aids have not been set appropriately for her. I would recommend she return to the Beltone office she purchased them through and have them re-program the hearing aids. It is ideal to have a family member go to the appointment with her to ensure proper care is given and to talk with her while she is getting them tuned. This will help the family know at the time of the office visit that they have been set correctly and she is hearing properly.
Being fit with new hearing aids is a process and does take a few visits to ensure the hearing aids have been adjusted properly. There is also an adjustment period for the hearing aid wearer to get used to hearing with their new hearing aids.
Also testing called Real-ear verification is an absolute must in the hearing aid fitting process. This allows the audiologist or hearing aid specialist to visibly see how well the hearing aids are amplifying once fit on the patient. If the Beltone office she went to does not have real-ear verification, then that is very disappointing and I would recommend going to another office.
For more information on digital hearing aids and how they can be fine-tuned visit: http://www.healthyhearing.com/guides/guide-to-hearing-aids/hearing-aids-basics
How can i be state certified to sell hearing aides?
A long time ago I got a job for Beltone but I did not like the sales staff. Now I wear two hearing aides and want to know the best training method to sell hearing aides. Also can a vet still get money to go to school like this…??at one time i did..who do you see?
Sounds like you should contact your old employer and I would contact www.fafsa.ed.gov regarding financial aid.
Have anyone tried the Beltone Oria? Does it sounds as good as any Siemens hearing aids?
Please help me find the best hearing aids. Since I have profound hearing lost in high frequency, I want the best hearing aids.
go to a professional dr.
Do a great many Tea Party members have hearing impairments? Is Beltone right for them?
Many Tea Party people tell me that they have never heard racial slurs at their rallies and who am I to call someone a liar.
I have infiltrated their rallies, dressing in Sarah Palin tee shirts and such to see what was going on.
I heard them. ****** this and ****** that. So why can’t they hear this as well?
Are many of them hearing impaired?
It is barrack insane 0bama that is tone deaf to the voice of the majority.
I want to know, is Beltone a good hearing places for most hard of hearing people?
I’m wearing Oria. It has 12 channels, and I paid over ,000.00 for both aids. They have 12 channels. Is it a good aids or is the price a rip off? Anyone’s help would be greatly appreciated.
I’m hearing impaired since I was 9.
does it get the Disney channel ?