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How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid

Otofonix Hearing Aids

Sometimes it seems there are as many different types of hearing aids on the market as there are types of people. When you’re faced with hearing loss due to injury, illness or age, you know you want the best device to help you function like normal.
Need help choosing the right hearing aid to help you function like you used to, or even better? Let’s take a look at the different kinds of hearing aid out there, how they work, the features they offer. Most importantly, we want you to know how to choose the right hearing aid for you.

How Hearing Aids Function

It might surprise you to discover that hearing aids function in much the same way as any microphone and speaker. They amplify sounds from out in the environment, carry them into your ear, and amplify them, or make them louder. Modern hearing aids use digital technology. However, there are a few analog ones left, and all are powered by hearing aid batteries.

How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid

To choose the right hearing aid you need to settle on the style you want. CIC, or completely in canal aids, are molded to fit inside your ear.  In fact, they’re the best from mild to moderate loss and is the most invisible.
ITC, or in canal aids, are also molded and fit partially in the ear. Again, it’s good for mild to moderate loss and can include additional features. The only tradeoff is that it’s slightly more visible.

ITE, or in the ear aids, can be shaped to fit over your outer ear (a full shell). They’re also able to cover just the lower half (a half-shell), too. These are good for even the most severe types of hearing loss. However, they might pick up wind noise and are prone to being clogged by earwax.
BTE, or behind the ear aids, hook around your ear and rest behind it, with a tube that connects to a molded earpiece. These are the largest aids, though newer kinds are very streamlined, and are often capable of the highest amplification but are also prone to a lot of wind noise.
Finally, RIC or Receiver in canal aids, use wires instead of tubing.  Besides that, they’re similar to the BTW and are more susceptible to earwax clogs.

Extra Features

There is a broad range of extra features available in modern hearing aids, and you’ll want to choose one that matches your needs. These include directional microphones, noise reduction, telecoil technology, wi-fi technology, direct audio, synchronization, and more.
If you’re looking for the best available hearing amplifiers with the most modern technology at an affordable price, Otofonix can help. Read a bit about us, and check out our products today.

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Otofonix Hearing Aids

THE APEX

Digital Hearing Aids

Starting At

$12/mo

Per Ear

or $124

was $249

Otofonix Hearing Aids

THE ELITE

Digital Hearing Aids

Starting At

$16/mo

Per EAR

or $199

was $399

Otofonix Hearing Aids

THE ENCORE

Digital Hearing Aids

Starting At

$24/mo

Per ear

or $299

was $499

Otofonix Hearing Aids

THE HELIX

Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Starting At

$54/mo

Per Pair

"Only Sold in pairs"

or $649

was $1299

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The ApexThe EliteThe EncoreThe Helix
$249$124
per ear
$399$199
per ear
$499$299
per ear
$1299$649
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4 Channels - WDRC
Channels separate the incoming sound signal into discrete frequency ranges that analyze, process and maximize speech understanding and sound quality.
12 Bands
Similar to an equalizer on a stereo allowing sounds in certain frequencies to be selectively amplified.
Programs
Listening programs allow you to optimize your hearing device for different listening conditions
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Digital Sound Processor
The DSP is the heart of the digital circuitry and is responsible for many features such as sound quality, noise reduction and feedback cancellation not available on analog units.
2nd Gen3rd Gen3rd Gen3rd Gen
FDA Registered
White not required for personal sound devices, the FDA designation insures that these devices have passed the same safety regulations as hearing aids.
Background Noise Reduction
Advanced noise reduction intelligently ensures taht conversation remains clear in noisy environments for improved hearing.
Rocker Switch
Rocker switch conveniently allows you to change programs and volumn levels either up or down.
Dual Directional Microphone
Dual directional microphones employ a front and rear microphone to improve your ability to focus on the conversation in front of you and selectively reduce or eliminate background noise around you.
Telecoil
Telecoil allows you to hear better and cleaner on compatible telephones or connected to a loop system
Rechargable
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