Phonak is a Swiss manufacturer of hearing aids, founded in 1947. The Belong Processing Platform is their latest innovation, built around user feedback that called for rechargeable energy, lower power consumption, smaller design, wireless connectivity, and user accessibility. Phonak has incorporated all of these elements with the brand-new Audeo B-R. Powered with a breakthrough lithium-ion battery, the Audeo B-R has 40% more battery power and provides up to 24 hours of unlimited listening. In terms of hearing features, Belong provides 20% better speech understanding, 37% reduction in effort while listening to conversations in cars, and 60% improvement of speech understanding against background noise. Another notable Phonak product is the Lyric, the world’s first 24/7 hearing aid. Almost like a “contact lens” for the ears, the Lyric can be worn up to 4 months without removal.
A sister brand of Siemens, Signia has come into its own after debuting the primax. Now, the primax family has grown to include the Cellion primax (a rechargeable option using lithium-ion battery) and the Silk primax (a ready-to-wear hearing aid). Cellion’s lithium-ion battery uses inductive-charging, which means they begin charging as soon as they touch their contacts in the recharging station. With a six-hour charge, Cellion provides wearers with 24 hours of uninterrupted listening. The Silk gives people the option to experience the benefits of hearing aids immediately – without the need for multiple fittings. Signia’s newest platform is the Nx, an advanced hearing aid platform that provides incredibly natural sound – including Own Voice Processing.
Oticon is a Danish manufacturer, best known for their BrainHearing Technology. Their dedication to innovation and research recently culminated in Velox, an ultra-fast processing platform that process sound 50 times faster than previous Oticon platforms. With immediate access to clear sound signals, Velox provides wearers with 30% better speech understanding. Their newest hearing aid is OPN (pronounced “open”), which introduces a whole new listening experience. With an open sound solution, OPN gives wearers access to the full spectrum of sounds in their environment, empowering the brain to choose where to focus.
Founded in 1943 in Denmark, ReSound is one of the first manufacturers to introduce a Made for iPhone hearing aid. Now in its third generation, the ReSound LiNX 3D connects people to their smartphones, enabling streaming of phone calls, music, and other media directly to their ears. With features that simulate natural, binaural listening and a geo-tagging feature that automatically adjusts to user preferences in archived locations, LiNX 3D provides a natural listening experience. Even more remarkable, the LiNX 3D is equipped with remote fine-tuning capabilities, allowing your hearing specialist or audiologist to upload updated features to the cloud, which you can then download to your LiNX 3D hearing aids for an improved listening experience.
Widex is a Danish manufacturer of hearing aids, known for their trademark “Widex Sound” – which means access to a full spectrum of rich sound, from the quietest whisper to voices in a crowd. With BEYOND, Widex has introduced their first Made for iPhone hearing aid, offering up a number of exciting wireless features. Through a Bluetooth connection or through DEX accessories, BEYOND wearers may stream phone calls, music, and other audio directly to their hearing aids from their smartphones. Additionally, BEYOND includes Widex’s best listening features, such as soft level noise reduction, Smartwind Manager, and overall improved speech intelligibility.
Starkey is an American hearing aid manufacturer, best known for the Halo Made for iPhone family of hearing aids. The Halo 2 hearing aid received a number of industry awards, including the 2015 and 2017 Silver Edison Awards and the 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovations “Wearable Tech” Award. Now in its third iteration, the Halo iQ is both iPhone and Android compatible, providing excellent streaming (phone calls, FaceTime, and other audio) and sound processing features. With Starkey features such as SpeechShift and Acuity Directionality, the Halo iQ provides a smart and natural listening experience.
Unitron is a Canadian hearing aid manufacturer founded in 1952. With their new Tempus Processing Platform, Unitron has designed that provides 50% more accurate speech recognition. Tempus combines four classic Unitron features: SoundNav, Sound Conductor, Spatial Awareness, and SpeechPro, working to provide natural speech intelligibility. The Moxi Fit R is Unitron’s most innovative hearing aid to date – it is the world’s smallest rechargeable hearing aid, powered by a lithium-ion battery that ensures all-day listening on a single charge.