Paying attention to your surroundings at all times isn’t easy for anyone. For people with hearing loss, it can be even more difficult. A ‘muffling’ of sounds is often a major problem. People’s voices may be indistinct and hard to decipher. Many hearing aids just amplify sounds – the good ones and the bad ones. However, Phonak hearing aids do a great job of alleviating these problems.
With Phonak hearing aids, wearers can experience several technology levels. Lowest on the technology list is analog. Analog involves manual adjustments for an preference. Sound is received, amplified, and sent to the ear.
Through use of computer software, some devices known as programmable analog hearing aids can actually be programmed digitally. This allows for some of the advantages of a digital Phonak hearing aid, such as preprogrammed settings, without the expense of a digital. But digital is where Phonak hearing aids really show their stuff. With digital technology, it is possible to acquire a hearing aid that is suited to your own personal preferences. Some of these adjustments can be made during an initial fitting, but not all.
User of Phonak hearing aids can learn where to set the volume to best suit them. A crowded party will require a different adjustment than your quiet living room. Phonak features Self Learning technology ‘learns’ your preferences, and begins to automatically adjust volume for you.
Another feature called Self Logging stores info about you in your Phonak hearing aids which can be later used by an audiologist. Another neat feature is called AutoPilot. This allows for automatic adjustment to several presets within your hearing aid. To eliminate background noises, there is SurroundZoom.
microPower is a specific line of Phonak hearing aids. microPower is one of the smallest models on the market. It only weighs about 2 grams. They are BTE’s (behind the ear hearing aids) and work well for people with more severe loss of hearing. microPower’s small speaker fits inside the wearer’s ear. The microphone is separate, and fits behind the ear.They are connected by very small tubing. The hearing aids case and tubing are nearly identical in size. They are also very lightweight.
Other styles of Phonal hearing aids are also available. In the Ear, or ITE, are on such style. These work well for moderate hearing loss. BTE’s work well for children and adults with all levels of loss.
Even Phonak hearing aids won’t make you hear as exactly as you did before your loss of hearing. But, they can make it easier to hear and understand the world around you. So, check out Phonak hearing aids – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Audiologists that service Phonak hearing aids in Huntington Beach, CA?
I’d like the name of a business and audiologist that services Phonak hearing aids in Huntington Beach, CA. I would like to have my Phonak hearing aids serviced so I can hear better with them. Phonak is the brand name of my hearing aids.
Go to any private practice (a practice that is not a franchise). Most practices work with Phonak since it is one of the top manufacturers. Even if the place does not work with phonak- they will have a hearing aid vacuum and can clean your aid for you.
What cell phones work best with a hearing aid?
I have a BTE Phonak Zoom hearing aid, manufactured about 1999. And I need a cell phone but it needs to be hearing aid compatible.
Also, we are REALLY looking to get a RAZR phone in particular. Does anyone know if RAZR phones work well with hearing aids and if so, what model?
I’m not sure about any cell phones, but you can get a Phonak Smart Link FM system, which has blue tooth technology, and you can plug your cell phone into it, which will send the signal directly into your hearing aid. You’d have to buy a reciever to attach to your hearing aid as well. This can be expensive, but if you’re planning on using your phone a lot it would be worth it. I would suggest you call Phonak’s FM division and ask them more about it. Good luck!
Who to see about learning to make hearing aids?
I currently am hard of hearing and just discovered hearing aids. But I am appalled at the cost and lack of info on them. I want to design and make hearing aids, but not getting anywhere. I would assume I need to be an engineer of some kind. Thoughts, suggestions?
Well I think you should find out the main hearing aid companies one of the larger ones being phonak.
Then see if they have a contact number etc and find out about it.
Is there a good website to get ratings for the different brands of very expensive hearing aids?
At between 1300 and 4500 dollars for hearing aids I can find no place where the various brands are compared. Consumer reports has not done a comparison
I am aware of what you are saying about different types of hearing loss. But there are many different brands with a great variety of pricing. As with any product I am sure that some brands are a much better value than others. This is not for me but an elderly parent.
Yes there are different brands. However each brand usually also has a 00 model, 00 model, 00 model etc. With hearing aids there really isn’t much difference among brands. Each audiologist is going to have their “favorite” manufacturer based on how much experience they have with their products. It is always best to go with something the audiologist is familiar with because they have more knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work with those products. My advice is to see an audiologist not a hearing instrument specialist. Audiologists have at least a master’s if not a doctorate degree. Audiologists use hearing aids from major manufacturers. My favorites are Widex, Phonak, Resound, and Starkey. Other major manufacturers are Oticon, Siemens, Unitron, and Rexton. Stay away from places that use their own brands and not a major manufacturer listed above.
Are there hearing aids that change the pitch of what you hear?
Like if someone can only hear the lower pitches of speech, the hearing aid will take the sound it picks up and puts it in the low rage the user can hear?
Is there such a thing?
Yes, there are frequency transposition / frequency shifting hearing aids. There have been many implementations of this technology. The latest one is used by Phonak and is called SoundRecover.
Phonak and Widex are two major manufacturers who use this technology.
Phonak: takes higher inaudible frequencies and compresses them into an area that is audible.
Widex: shifts frequencies over and thus creates overlap of frequencies. Widex’s technology is not mentioned nearly as much as Phonak’s and what I’ve heard is that because Widex simply shifts the frequencies, there is overlap of sounds and a lot of distortion.
But I would encourage you to contact an audiologist if you would like to try hearing aids. All hearing aids come with a trial period.
What you should know is that because the brain must reprogram itself to the new technology, it takes time to adapt. Thus, audiologists often will start at a less intense level and increase it however much is necessary.
I have Phonak Audeo YES hearing aids that use SoundRecover, and I can tell you that I love the technology. I can hear more now than I ever could before. The SoundRecover is tailored to each individual’s hearing loss and in the beginning your audiologist will likely want to make more adjustments than usual based on your experience with the hearing aids (because no person is the same and every hearing aid fitting is different).
From what I’ve heard, the problem with Widex’s implementation is that it overlayed higher frequencies over existing lower frequencies and thus created a lot of distortion (imagine hearing two different frequencies at the same time). Phonak’s implementation moves inaudible high frequencies into a range that is audible and does this by compressing (squeezing together) the frequencies and this solves the issue of overlap of frequencies.
It’s quite difficult to explain and I hope this at least helps you begin to understand what is available out there. Please message me if you would like more details.