One of the many brands supported by the staff of Associated Hearing Professionals is Phonak, a Switzerland-based company that continues to lead the market in innovation. Phonak has been producing hearing aids since 1978. With each successive year, Phonak has added hearing aids to its portfolio that continue to outperform competitors in overall sound quality.
Types of Phonak Hearing Aids
Phonak offers an extensive collection of hearing aid styles to fit the lifestyle of any hearing aid user. Depending on your needs and hearing loss, there might be several options that work for you. Most of the hearing aids offered now have Bluetooth streaming capabilities to a smartphone, whether it be the custom in-the-ear style hearing aids or the over the ear styles. Some are even rechargeable, eliminating the need for the disposable hearing aid batteries altogether.
Completely Invisible Lyric
Currently the only extended-wear device on the market is the Lyric, a completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid that naturally amplifies ambient sound and directs it through your ear canal. It can be worn 24/7 for several weeks to months at a time without the need to change batteries.
ITE hearing aids are placed entirely inside the ear canal. Depending on the level of your hearing loss, these devices might be completely invisible to the naked eye. The hearing aid itself is standard, but the casing of each ITE is custom-fitted to the wearer. Phonak’s Virto M falls into this category. It is small, compact, virtually invisible in the ear, and it adjusts to a range of listening situations to produce the best quality sound.
These are hearing aids that are worn behind the ear, much like a pair of headphones. Although bulkier than ITE or Lyric hearing aids, BTE devices may be more appropriate for a patient with very severe hearing loss.
RIC devices combine components of ITE and BTE hearing aids. Part of the aid is worn outside of the ear while the receiver is placed inside the ear canal. These are the most common type of hearing aids sold today. Phonak also offers several weather-resistant and water-resistant aids, making them an excellent choice for those on the move. Phonak’s RIC Audeo M provides one of the best sound quality experiences, a plus for individuals who enjoy concerts. The trained staff at Associated Hearing Professionals will work with you to determine the style that’s right for you.
Accessories Offered by Phonak
In addition to great hearing aids, Phonak offers a wide variety of accessories that can be paired with its products to provide solutions to everyday problems hearing aid users face. These problems often include using a cell phone and receiving a call to listening to conversations, television, and music, even when wearing the hearing aids. Using the Phonak EasyCall, Tv Connector, Partner Mic, or Roger EasyPen in conjunction with your hearing aid can help with accommodating your daily hearing needs. Speak with one of the staff members at Associated Hearing Professionals to see if any of these accessories are right for you.
The staff at Associated Hearing Professionals uses extensive testing to help pair St. Louis residents with the hearing aid that’s best suited for their lifestyles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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