For those with perfect hearing, it may be difficult to imagine a world with muted sounds or no noise at all, but for millions of people around the world significant hearing loss is a daily struggle. Though 2 out of 3 people over 75 experience hearing loss, it is not unique to aging population, but also effects approximately 3 million children.
Here’s an overview of four hearing aid brands that can significantly improve the lives of all these individuals through innovative products, off of which we carry at our clinics.
This Danish company is the second largest manufacturer of hearing aids worldwide and the oldest with over 100 years of experience, operating a number of branches in countries around the world. Instead of being run by a corporate board, Oticon is controlled by Oticon Foundation, a charitable organization that leads the industry in research on hearing technology, psychoacoustics, and human behavior.
Oticon offers a range of hearing devices for children and adults as well as product support designed to meet all performance and lifestyle requirements. One of their innovations is Oticon BrainHearing™ Technology, which enables those with hearing impairment go have greater comprehension and meaning in speech. They also specialize in advanced wireless technology, incorporating mobile technology including iOS and Android devices.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is the only American-owned major hearing aid manufacturer in the world, with operations that span 21 facilities in over 19 countries. The company’s foundation is part of the Clinton Global Initiative and fits more than 100,000 free hearing aids to children and adults each year.
Their products include a range of hearing devices that fit in-the-ear, in-the-canal, behind-the-air products, and are invisible, amongst others. They also have products specifically made to work with iPhones and other mobile devices via a special app.
Lyric developed the world’s first entirely invisible hearing aid and uses advanced micro-engineering to build devices that can capture and amplify sound with the least amount of processing. This revolutionary device seeks to create hearing devices that do more than simply deliver speech, but to restore sound in the most natural way possible, delivering everything from the soft patter of raindrops to grandchildren’s giggles.
Widex hearing aids are about offering rich and well-rounded sound through their devices which include in-ear, behind the ear, and invisible hearing aids that are comfortable and easy to use. They are simple to maintain and contain many automatic features like speech enhancers and feedback cancellation. The sixth largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world, Widex was the first to develop a 100 percent digital, in-the-ear hearing aid in 1995.