Hearing aids are electroacoustic devices that receive and amplify sounds, simulating the experience of binaural hearing. Hearing aids are worn in or behind the ear, and they are programmed with features to help people hear comfortably both in quiet and noisy situations.

Though there are many different styles, hearing aids share the same components. There are three general parts: microphone, amplifier, and speaker. These parts mirror the way the ear receives and processes sound. The microphone receives sound, which is then converted into electrical signals through a processing platform. These signals are sent to an amplifier, which makes the sounds louder. These signals are then sent through the ear by way of the speaker.

Hearing aids are available in a variety of styles, including: behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, in-the-ear, in-the-canal, and completely-in-canal. Modern aids are now available with a host of optional features, including; bluetooth connectivity, made for iPhone functionality, waterproof casing and much more. Hearing aids are useful instruments that enhance the lives and well-being of people who are hard of hearing. At Optimum Audiology, we offer hearing aids from the following leading manufacturers.

Starkey Hearing Aids

Founded in 1967 in Minnesota, Starkey Hearing Technologies is the only American manufacturer of hearing aids. Through the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the company donates hearing aids to people in developing countries. Starkey’s Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid was awarded the Edison Silver Award in 2015. The Halo connects to the iPhone and opens up a world of accessibility for hearing aid wearers. The Z Series is the latest family of products from Starkey, with technology to enhance speech recognition and wireless connectivity.

GN ReSound Hearing Aids

ReSound is a Danish manufacturer of hearing aids, founded in 1943. Committed to helping people rediscover hearing, ReSound has produced technology such as Wide Dynamic Range Compression and Digital Feedback Suppression. ReSound offers a smartphone compatible hearing aid in the LiNX2, which is inspired by natural binaural hearing. The Surround Sound feature improves speech recognition and sound quality against background noise. ReSound also offers the ENZO2, a hearing aid designed specifically to treat severe to profound hearing loss.

Siemens Hearing Aids

Siemens is a German manufacturer of hearing aids, founded in 1847 in Berlin. As the world’s oldest manufacturer, Siemens has a long history of innovation in hearing technology. Siemens introduced the world’s first behind-the-ear hearing aid in 1959 and first in-the-ear hearing aid in 1966. Currently, Siemens is known for their ground-breaking binax series hearing aids, which was introduced in 2014. The binax series is the first series of hearing aids to outperform normal hearing in challenging noise situations.

Oticon Hearing Aids

Founded in Denmark in 1904, Oticon continues to fulfill their mission of “People first.” Oticon develops their products from research conducted by their sister research facility, Eriksholm Research Centre, based on test panels, focus groups, and in-depth interviews. Oticon’s current offering is a platform called BrainHearing Technology. Understanding that hearing happens in the brain, Oticon’s hearing aids are equipped with technology that supports the brain in the process of hearing, by providing clearer sound signals.

Widex Hearing Aids

Widex is a Danish manufacturer founded in 1956, known for their trademark “Widex Sound.” Widex received the European Inventor Award in 2012 for their research and innovation with hearing devices, especially their first digital in-the-ear hearing aid. Widex hearing aids are available in a number of styles, with features to enhance hearing for people of different hearing abilities. The Unique hearing aid series is for people with active lifestyles, equipped with a flexible adjustment between sound environments. The Dream hearing aid series improves speech recognition and offers a longer battery life. Widex also offers tinnitus therapy with the Zen hearing aid, equipped with both a sound therapy program and a lifestyle counseling program for people who suffer from tinnitus.

Phonak Hearing Aids

Founded in 1947, the Swiss manufacturer Phonak continues their mission to reconnect people to their lives and loved ones through better hearing technology. Phonak has a history of innovation in the 20th century, with the first fully digital hearing aid in 1999 and the first wireless Bluetooth compatible hearing aid in 2003. Phonak’s current innovation is the Lyric, an invisible hearing aid that may be worn up to four months without removal or recharge. The Lyric can be worn in the shower or in the swimming pool, and is considered a “contact lens for the ears.” It is designed to reduce background noise, while delivering natural sound to the wearer.

Curious which hearing aid brand
is right for you?

We invite you to schedule a consultation with our experienced audiologist, Dr. Mendoza. During your appointment, Dr. Mendoza will test your hearing and recommend a hearing device based on your unique hearing loss and lifestyle.

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