Meandering Through the Hearing World


What Is New With Hearing Aids

As part of my hearing to-do list, I occasionally review new hearing technology including recent released hearing aids. It is just two months into the new year, and we are already seeing new products being introduced. 


Here is what is out there.


Oticon recently introduced More, the company’s newest rechargeable aid. This aid provides 24 hours worth of power and only takes 3 hours to charge. The internal battery can be changed as needed in the audiologist’s office. This new aid connects seamlessly to Apple and Android devices and uses a “Brain Hearing and Deep Neural Network” platform which can increase speech understanding by 30%. This aid can be serviced remotely. 


Resound’s news aid is called Resound One and it is a rechargeable aid with 30 hours of power. Its “All Access Directionality” gives wearers greater hearing in any environment. It seamlessly connects to all Apple and Android products and has remote care.


The new Widex Moment is also a rechargeable aid. The company is promoting its durability and covering which is moisture resistant. It uses “Zero Delay Technology” to deliver good sound quality in challenging hearing environments. The Widex Moment has many connectivity options through its App. 


The latest aid from Phonak is the Paradise which has “Speech Enhancement, Dynamic Noise Cancellation, and Motion Sensor Hearing.” It also connects seamlessly with Android and Apple products and has a wide variety of accessories available for purchasing. 


Signia’s latest is called Motion X. It is an aid that examines the environments you are entering and adjusts for background accordingly. It is rechargeable and seamlessly connects to Apple products. The aid comes with several accessories. 


Starkey introduced Livio Edge AI, a rechargeable aid with a host of features that uses artificial intelligence. It has a body tracker and brain tracker component to the app as well as language translator capabilities. Livio Edge AI is rechargeable and has accessories available for purchase. 


The landscape of hearing aids changes regularly and it is difficult to keep up with all that is available. Don’t try to purchase hearing aids without a thorough hearing exam or without your audiologist’s input. There are too many complicated choices. Before choosing a hearing aid, focus on your lifestyle needs and let your audiologist know what those are. 


We all hear differently and have various wants and desires when it comes to hearing. By reviewing the sites of major hearing aid manufacturers and by coming to terms with what we need to function in our lives, we can make wise hearing choices. Work with your audiologist to have the best results when purchasing aids. Be willing and open to suggestions and ideas. Ultimately, the goal for each of us suffering from hearing loss is to hear as well as we can.

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Linda Bilodeau

I’ve grappled with hearing loss since 1978. Through it all, I’ve faced periods of denial, acceptance, curiosity, trust and hope. But more often than not, I’ve felt annoyed, angry and frightened. I’ve encountered despair, loneliness and envy. I’ve experienced panic attacks. I’ve met understanding people, kind souls who helped me a great deal and others who thought I had nothing short of an invisible plague. As a way of coming to terms with my hearing loss, I’ve decided to put my feelings about my disability down on paper. My hope is to better understand myself and perhaps you’ll find a little something in my meanderings that will help you, too.

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