Hearing Aids & Accessories
At Hearing Solutions, we carry several brands of hearing aids. The reason we do this is so we can fit you with the one that best suits your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. All brands come in all styles and levels of technology.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
All manufacturers now have rechargeable hearing aids. Rechargeable comes mostly in behind-the-ear hearing aids. Starkey recently released a charger for some of their custom aids.
All rechargeable batteries are built into the hearing aids and can last up to 4 years before they need to be replaced. *It only takes 4 hours to charge and can last up to 20 hours.
Wireless & Bluetooth for Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids are often equipped with wireless capabilities that can be used for streaming the audio signal from your television directly to your hearing aids. In addition to bypassing environmental noises, signals that stream to your hearing aids are filtered through settings that are personalized for your hearing loss. It basically turns your hearing aids into a set of headphones.
All of the hearing aid brands have introduced wireless and Bluetooth capabilities for hearing aids in the last ten years. Each brand offers ways to connect to electronic devices such as computers, tablets, phones, and TVs.
Bluetooth to your Phone
iPhones: Apple has patented Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids so that certain hearing aids, like X from Signia, LiNX2 from ReSound, Open S from Oticon, and a few others, can communicate directly with the iOS platform that runs iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. This technology is designed to allow the device's direct connection.
Android Phones: With Unitron, Oticon, and Phonak hearing aids you can connect directly to your Android phone. For the rest of the brands, you need to have some sort of mic or streamer to connect to the phone.
Phone apps for Hearing Aids
Both Android and iPhone have apps that you can use to control your hearing aids. It includes volume control, program changing, and environments. You also have the ability to control which side the hearing aids focus on such as when someone is in the backseat you can put the focus behind you.
All of the manufacturers have created remote programming. Which allows the provider to program the aids from their office to your phone where ever you are (must have wireless cell service available).