Modern Hearing Aids

Not all hearing aids are created equal. No set of hearing aids will suit every person with hearing loss.
Your Able Hearing audiologist is the best person to give you unbiased advice about the best hearing instrument option, following a thorough diagnostic assessment of your hearing and an in-depth discussion of your hearing needs. However, it is wise to be informed about available options for the best possible hearing outcome.

We believe that every person looking to improve hearing would like to see their hearing aids to be
DISCREETFIT FOR PURPOSE and SOPHISTICATED. We have developed a system based on these three simple principles to highlight the benefits various hearing instruments could deliver to you.

Discreet

Recent improvements in hearing aid technology have meant that a wide range of hearing losses can be successfully fitted by cosmetically appealing hearing instruments... These may include a range of custom-fitted in the ear instruments such as CIC/IIC devices or discreet behind the ear options like RITE aids.

IIC/CIC Instruments

CIC and IIC devices are the smallest hearing aids available today. They sit deeply in the ear canal and dependant on your ear anatomy may be virtually invisible. These tiny instruments can be powerful as well as sophisticated, which means they can be fitted to large losses, whereas in the past much larger instruments were indicated.

RIC Instruments

Receiver in the ear (RITE) hearing instruments are the second smallest type of hearing instruments available today. These devices are highly versatile and comfortable. They feature advanced options such as Bluetooth wireless streaming, connecting you to a range of digital devices including mobile phones, MP3 players and TV wirelessly.

Fit for purpose

Fit for purpose to us is when hearing aid technology correctly addresses your hearing concerns to form a positive hearing experience and result in a significant improvement in communication.

 

We always consider the following factors to achieve a successful outcome.

 

1. hearing aid design

The instrument must conform to the shape of your ear and must be satisfactory to you in appearance

 

2. electroacoustic precision

The device must be accurately tuned by an experienced Able Hearing audiologist to ensure that every aspect of the technology enhances your listening experience.

 

3. type and degree of hearing loss

The device MUST have sufficient power reserves to be satisfactory at time of fitting and can be adjusted over time. A choice of style must be considered in reference to the type of loss you present with.

 

4. physical requirements and limitations

The hearing aid must be chosen with consideration to your ability to handle and manage the device. We recommend that patients with limited vision and dexterity choose instruments that are easier for them to see and handle.

 

Larger and easier to handle hearing aids are generally more robust, more resistant to water, wax and infection. They have more controls and are easier to clean. They include a wide range of in-the-ear and behind-the-ear devices.

 

5. your individual hearing needs

It is important to choose the device that has the appropriate technology that WILL address ALL your hearing concerns. Selecting the aid that cannot achieve your hearing goals will inevitably result in an unsatisfactory outcome.

 

6. hearing accessories and alternative options

We always consider your individual circumstances to work out if additional devices may be of benefit to you.

Sophisticated

There are 4 classes of technology available today to suit your needs and budgets. More sophisticated instruments are generally designed to address more elaborate hearing needs or specific cosmetic preferences of an individual. We will advise you on the range of options available from all the leading hearing instrument manufacturers. Please see below for a comparative chart with typical features available within different classes of technology and an indicative price range.

Budget Range

 $990 - $1,490

 

 

Effective solutions for basic hearing needs

 

100% digital

 

Manual control options

 

4-8 channels

 

Multiple program options (2-3)

 

Whistling management system

 

Automatic loudness adjustment

Remote Control Options

 

 

 Advanced Range

 

 

 

$2,000 - $3,500

 

Advanced features for busy people

 

100% digital

 

 

Adaptive Automatic options

 

 

16-20 channels

 

 

Multiple program options (4-6)

 

 

   Adaptive Whistling management system

 

Adaptive Wind Suppression

 

 

Automatic loudness adjustment and impact noise controls

 

 

Advanced Background noise management system and Virtual Mic Arrays

 

 

Wireless streaming options

 

  made for iPhone or Android streaming

 

   

        Smart Phone remote controls​

 

   Rechargeable Options

Data-logging and some learning options

 

Active Range

 $1,500 - $2,100

 

 

Automatic devices for better hearing in noise

 

100% digital

 

 

Manual or Automatic options

 

 

8-16 channels

 

 

Multiple program options (2-3)

 

 

Adaptive Whistling management system

 

 

Automatic loudness adjustment

 

 

Background noise management system

 

 

Remote control options

Bluetooth Options

made for iPhone Streaming

Smart Phone remote control

Rechargeable Options

 

Data-logging standard

     Premium Range

$3,800 - $5,500

 

 

Effortless hearing everyday

 

 

100% digital

 

 

Adaptive Automatic options

 

 

64+ channels

 

 

Multiple program options (4-6)

 

 

  Adaptive Whistling management system (Binaural)

 

 

Automatic loudness adjustment and impact noise controls

 

 

Advanced Background noise management system (Multiple Base Situation

Detection) and Virtual Binaural Sound Processing (for exceptional performance

when hearing in noise is essential)

 

Rechargeable Options

Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless streaming options

Data-learning and self-adjustment options

 

Smart Phone remote control (iPhone or Android)

          Narrow Directional Beaming

       Fall Detection

      Brain Tracking
 

Translate and Transcribe

    Activity and Heart Rate Tracker

 

and much much more

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