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The Top 10 Digital Hearing Aids (with Bluetooth) of 2014 Our Unbiased Reviews.

November 14, 2014 by Paul Harrison
Published in: Hearing Aids

Top 10 Hearing Aids

1) Resound Linx 9

The ReSound Linx 9 is a premium model in the range of made for iPhone hearing aids, introduced by GN ReSound. It is suitable for challenging listening environments due to its background noise and wind noise reduction programs.

The receiver in the ear style makes this suitable for mild to severe hearing loss and the toughened waterproof coating makes it robust, despite its small size. There are 10 different colours to choose from.

The 2.4 GHz processor and the SmartRange dual core platform allows your hearing aids communicate with each other as well as with your iPhone. Along with sound streaming from you Apple device, you can control the volume, treble and bass on your hearing aids, enabling you to fine tune your hearing for different situations.

Using the iPhone's built in geotagging ability you can save your ideal hearing aid settings in different environments such as work or your favourite restaurant. The next time you visit the saved location your hearing aids will automatically adjust to your ideal settings.

Additional programs allow you to change the microphone direction and use the phone easily whilst another program adjusts your settings to suit your environment.

The LiNX 9 contains four memory programs and 17 channels to process sound.

2.) Starkey Halo i110

This is Starkey’s premium model in its made for iPhone hearing aid range. The Halo i110 uses their Trulink app which turns your iPhone into a remote control, you can control the settings on your hearing aids, adjust the volume, treble and bass as well as save your settings and geotag your location.

Streaming music and phone calls to your hearing aids is as simple as tapping the touch screen on your iPhone or iPod, and it is easy to switch from sound streaming to normal listening.

Suitable for demanding listening situations you can focus the directional microphones on different areas around you. Special programs are designed to block out wind or machine noise as well as feedback, without distorting the sounds you want to hear, such as speech. These hearing aids contain 16 channels for processing sound along with compression technology which brings harder to hear frequencies, such as higher pitches, within your hearing range.


3.) Phonak Audeo q90 Smart Mini

 

The Audeo q90 is the premium Receiver In Canal hearing aid from Phonak. It contains 20 channels for processing sound and improving sound quality. The hearing aids can communicate with each other, not only does this allow for synchronisation, it allows the hearing aids to work out which one is getting the clearer signal and streams the sound to the other aid. This feature works especially well at reducing wind noise allowing you to hear speech clearly.

 

These hearing aids can also suppress annoying background noise and soften any sudden loud noises, ideal if your hearing is sensitive. Other programmes include a Tinnitus Balance Sound Generator, which plays sounds of your choice to distract from your tinnitus. Other programmes automatically adjust to your listening environment.

It is fully compatible with Phonak's wireless accessories which include remote controls and sound streamers.

 

4.) Siemens Micon 7mi

The Micon 7mi is based on Siemens successful Micon platform and is available in the following models

Pure –       RIC (Receiver In Canal)

Life -         Mini BTE (Behind The Ear)

Aquaris – Water-Dust resistant BTE (Behind The Ear)

Ace -         Discreet RIC (Receiver In Canal)

Motion –  BTE (Behind The Ear)

Insio  -      ITE (In The Ear),  ITC (In The Canal) and CIC (Completely In Canal)

Along with wireless capability and a tinnitus program, this hearing aid contains 48 channels dedicated to processing sound frequencies so they can be very finely tuned for your needs. Programmes include high resolution speech focus which automatically adjusts the hearing aids in different environments so that you can hear speech clearly. Along with wind noise and background noise suppression they can soften any sudden loud sounds without distorting the sounds you want to listen to.

These hearing aids use a data logging program so that your audiologist can see how well the aids are working and which programs need fine tuning. They are fully compatible with the Siemens wireless accessories range which includes remote controls and TV, Music and mobile phone streamers. 

 5.) Oticon Alta Pro

Oticon’s Alta Pro is available in a range of colours and styles including

RITE (Receiver In The Ear)

BTE  (Behind The Ear)

CIC   (Completely In Canal)

ITE   (In The Ear)

Along with 10 channels for sound processing, there are programmes to suppress background noise, wind noise as well as feedback. The Spatial Sound Premium program helps you to work out the direction sound is coming from and clarifies the sound that you want to hear. Other programmes ensure that the hearing aids are working together and allow you to personalise the aids to you. This includes being able to adjust the microphone direction and the noise management programs.

A protective coating repels dust and moisture making sure it is working at its best for longer. It is fully compatible with Oticon’s Connectline wireless accessories. 

6.) Widex Dream 440 Passion Fusion ite

The Dream 440 is an In The Ear style hearing aid and contains Widex’s True ISP chip which gives fast sound processing and excellent sound quality.

There are 15 channels for sound processing and 5 programmes for different listening situations. A tinnitus program plays harmonic sounds to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus, noise reduction and feedback cancellation programs make it easier to focus on conversations. It also contains a speech enhancer to give clarity to speech in noisy environments.

Other programs help you to slowly acclimatize to your new hearing aids, soften the sound of sudden loud noises and recreate your ears natural acoustics, giving a more natural sound.

Wireless accessories from Widex’s DEX range include mobile and landline accessories, TV streamers and a remote control.

7.) Resound Linx 7

The LiNX 7 is part of the same range as LiNX 9 (at number one on this list) This made for iPhone hearing aid allows you to stream sound directly from your iPhone, iPod and iPad, turning your hearing aids into a set of wireless headphones. The App from Apple allows you to change your settings, geotag your location and will even help you find the hearing aids if you misplace them.

It is suitable for most levels of hearing loss, from mild to severe and is available as a Behind the Ear style. The box behind the ear is small and discrete and there is a range of colours to choose from. It is suitable for most moderate listening environments and contains 3 memory programs and 17 channels.

The programmes include Synchronised Soft Switching which alters your settings if you move from a quiet environment to a noisy one, an Environmental Optimiser which detects and reduces wind or traffic noise and a feedback suppression program designed to stop the whistling sound without distorting other sounds such as music.

8.) Starkey Halo i90

The Halo i90 is part of Starkey’s made for iPhone range which includes the Starkey Halo i110 (at number 2 on this list). It is a Receiver in the Ear style and the case behind the ear comes in a range of colours.

Features include automatic synchronisation,  sound streaming from your Apple devices and the ability to control your hearing aids with your iPhone for fine tuning as well as geotagging your location.

It contains 12 sound imaging channels, a feedback eliminator and an acoustic analyser which processes out machine and wind noise whilst clarifying speech. Directional microphones help to focus your listening where you want it. Frequency compression brings higher pitched sounds within your hearing range as well as reducing loud speech making it clearer to understand.

9.) Resound Verso 9

The Verso 9 from ReSound is available in a range of styles including,

BTE  (Behind the Ear)

RIE   (Receiver in Ear)

RM  (Remote Microphone)

CIC  (Completely in Canal)

ITC  (In the Canal)

ITE  (In the Ear)

IIC  (Invisible in Canal)

It contains 17 channels for frequency processing and four programmes which can be set for optimum listening in different environments. The hearing aids wirelessly synchronise with each other making sure the settings are always the same. Other features include feedback and wind noise suppression as well as background noise suppression which improves speech clarity.

The Softswitching program analyses the sound around you and makes adjustments to help you hear clearly whilst the Onboard Analyser helps your audiologist review how you are using your hearing aid and make any adjustments needed.

The nanotech coating repels dust and moisture preserving the life of the hearing aid.

 Compatible with ReSounds wireless accessories including the mini microphone, phone clip, TV streamer and remote control.

 10.) Phonak Audeo q70 Smart Mini

The Audeo q70 is a receiver in canal hearing aid is available in 3 styles.

There are 16 channels as well as background noise and wind noise reduction and feedback eliminator. The wireless hearing aids can communicate with each other and can adjust automatically for different listening environments. The directional microphones can amplify speech whilst reducing background noise.

The tinnitus balance sound generator helps to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus  by playing sounds through the hearing aids. They can also soften sudden loud noises to maintain comfort.

The wireless models are compatible with Phonak’s sound streaming accessories.

 

Author: Paul Harrison

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