The Alera 9 has the full range of hearing aids so it would cater for almost all hearing losses. It has wireless technology in most models. Superseded by the Verso 9 in 2012.
Update - New information
This hearing aid has now been superseded. The aids available in Resound's newest range are the LiNX2 9, the LiNX2 7 and the LiNX2 5. If you are working to a budget and are looking for a more basic hearing aid you may want to look at the Enya 4, Enya 3 or Enya 2
• Alera 9 60 - A non-wireless RIC (Receiver in Canal)
• Alera 9 61 - A wireless mini RIC (Receiver in Canal)
• Alera 9 62 - A Wireless RIC (Receiver in Canal)
• Alera 9 67 - A wireless mini BTE (Behind the Ear)
• Alera 9 77/87 - A Transitional BTE (Behind the Ear) – This model has the ability to switch between a standard and power hearing aid. Has wireless options.
Custom models available include:
• CIC 10 (Completely in Canal)
• MC 20 (Mini Canal)
• ITC 30 (In the Canal)
• ITE 40 (In the Ear)
• ITE 50 (In the Ear)
Also available in the Alera range are the Remote Microphone aids:
• CIC 10M (Completely in Canal)
• ITC 30M (In the Canal)
• ITE 50M (In the Ear)
• 17 Channels – Each channel processes a range of frequencies so the more channels you have, the more specifically it can be programmed to suit your hearing needs.
• Four Programmes – These are settings that can be programmed for certain environments or situations i.e. Restaurants, listening to music, basic speech.
• Surround Sound Processor - This processes the different frequencies to preserve the sound quality. It also has a built in wind noise suppression system.
• DFS (Digital Feedback Suppression – Gets rid of the annoying whistling noise
• Advanced Noise Tracker II - This is a sophisticated system designed to eliminate background noise leaving speech clearer. It can be programmed for four different levels on the Alera 9.
• Onboard Analyzer II – This feature allows your audiologist to analyse the data from your hearing aid by logging the activity that takes place. The audiologist can then feed the data into a computer and review it.
• Natural directionality – Only available on the Alera 9, this means the microphones use different systems having one ear as the ‘focus’ ear and the other as the ‘monitor’ ear. The focus ear directs the microphone to the front for speech while the monitor ear will pick up sounds from other directions so you can still hear what’s going on around you as well.
• Softswitching – This feature detects levels of sound and speech then slowly adapts the microphones to ensure a continuous comfortable listening environment.
The Alera 9 also has iSolate Nanotech. This is an innovative new process that involves using nanotechnology to apply a highly waterproof coating to the hearing aid. This can prolong the life of the hearing aid by protecting it from substances such as earwax or water.
Many of these hearing aids have wireless capability. Unlike many manufacturers, Resound hearing aids do not require an additional neck loop to be worn in order to receive the signal. It is beamed directly from your TV streamer to the hearing aids.
• ReSound Unite TV
• ReSound Unite Mini Microphone
• ReSound Unite Remote Control
• ReSound Unite Phone Clip
In conclusion, the Alera 9 is the full range of hearing aids so it would cater for almost all hearing losses. It has wireless technology in most models which don’t require an additional streamer to be worn about your person. If you do find you are on a bit of a budget, you may want to try the Resound Alera 7, Resound Alera 5 or the Resound Alera 4.
The features are not as good as the Alera 9 but you still have the benefit of a 17 channel processor. Find out all the latest information and view the complete range from Resound Alera Hearing Aids range here.