September 2017

Technology update

2017 is gearing up to be an exciting year for hearing aid technology. The end of 2016 into 2017 ushered new rechargeable technology along with more options for connecting to cell phones and now the manufacturers are expanding their product lines. The pace of technology moves so quickly that we need to take a minute to look at all the options.

Phonak: Audeo B receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids: rechargeable or battery driven; able to connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices using a device worn around the neck to transmit the information; custom earpiece or interchangeable domes. Four different levels of technology.

Bolero B behind-the-ear hearing aids: rechargeable or battery driven; able to connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices using a device worn around the neck to transmit the information; slim tube or custom earmold. Four different levels of technology.

Audeo B direct: Receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids able to connect directly to any Bluetooth-enabled cell phone without any external devices. A remote control in the form of an app is available. Custom earpiece or interchangeable domes.

Virto B titanium CIC: titanium completely-in-the-canal hearing aid; extremely small and virtually indestructible.

Oticon: Opn over-the-ear hearing aids direct to iPhone with a remote control app to allow easy adjustments. Not direct to android. Available with rechargeable and telecoil options. Three technology levels. Direct connection to television.

Signia (formerly Siemens):

Pure BT: direct to iPhone over-the-ear hearing aids. Direct to television using remote control app. Three levels of technology.
Cellion: rechargeable hearing aids accessible through a remote control app. Accessible to any Bluetooth-enabled cellphone and television using a device worn around the neck. Four levels of technology.

Insio custom hearing aids: remote control app. Connect to television using device around the neck. Available in five technology levels.

This is not an exhaustive list but as you can see, there are many choices to fit almost every lifestyle and budget.

Three-year Anniversary

To celebrate our three year anniversary, we compiled a cookbook of favorite recipes from staff, family and board members. The books are available for a suggested $10.00 donation and we will provide receipts for tax purposes. If you want it mailed to you, we will need to charge a $2.00 fee for postage. We hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do!

Legislative update

The over-the-counter hearing aid bill passed the Senate which now sends in to the White House for signing. Then the bill goes to the FDA for the next 12-18 months so that the rules and regulations can be written. Audiologists have a seat at the table and are dedicated to protecting the public from devices not proven to be effective. One category of new devices called "hearables" may combine Bluetooth technology, amplification and biometric technologies so that people that need a little amplification in certain situations will also be able to track their steps, heart rate and listen to music while exercising or just taking a walk. The future is quickly coming so watch this space!