There are lots of styles and brands of hearing aids available. How do you know which is best for you?
Here are some of the major hearing aid brands and what they offer.
Rion Hearing Aids
Rion is Japan’s leading manufacturer of hearing aids. They make all kinds of hearing aids, but are especially known for their waterproof models. They aren’t completely waterproof, of course, but use state-of-the-art water resistance technology and are good for wet conditions. Rion also makes bone conduction hearing aids which actually pass sound waves through the wearer’s skull and into the inner ear.
Widex Hearing Aids
Widex is a Danish company that has been making hearing aids for 50 years. They make behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and completely-in-the-canal hearing aids. They are best known for their Senso Diva series, which has special features that eliminate background noise. Widex also has the Diva Music Program, which is especially designed to help those with hearing loss keep enjoying their favorite music. Their most popular models include the Axent, Cetera, Aries and Gemini.
Starkey Hearing Aids
Starkey is an innovative company that is known for its quality customer service. Starkey makes all kinds of hearing aids and offers a good warranty on all their products. They also have a program where they accept used hearing aids, fix them up and resell them at low, reasonable prices.
Siemens Hearing Aids
Siemens is the biggest manufacturer of hearing aids in the United States, with about one-fifth of the entire market. The company has been creating innovative products for the last 125 years. They are famous for their Prisma 2, Music Pro and Phoenix Pro series’, and also make other hearing devices like baby monitors, alarm clocks and phones.
Beltone Hearing Aids
Beltone has been around since 1940 and was recently incorporated into GN Resound. They are known for their Opera, D71, Invisa, Oria and P77 models. The Oria is an especially popular series that uses dual microphone technology and a speech detection system that can automatically adjust itself to the auditory environment.
Unitron Hearing Aids
Unitron is known for its popular Conversa, Liaison and Unison models. The Liaison has many good feedback reduction features, and a system that adjusts the sound to prevent wind noise and whistling. The Conversa model is designed for telephone conversations, with features that minimise background noise. Unitron offers a variety of hearing device products as well, that make use of the newest digital, multi-channel technology.
Phonak Hearing Aids
Phonak is a big company from Sweden, holding about 15% of the entire market share for hearing aids in America. One of Phonak’s strengths is the wide variety of products it offers. It is known for the Perseo, Amio, Maxx, Ario, Aero and many more. They also make hearing aid accessories like remote controls to switch hearing aid settings with. Phonak hearing aids are equipped with sensors to adjust the sound automatically depending on the environment.
If you are looking for a hearing aid, go to your audiologist and take these for a drive. Be sure you get what you want before you buy.