So Small You Forget You're Wearing It
- Smallest, Lightest Hearing Aid
- Advanced Circuitry To Hear Better
- Good For Mild To Severe Problems
- Does Not Need To Be Programmed
- Reduces Unexpected Loud Noise To Reduce Hearing Loss
- Easy Access Volume Controls
- Easy Access Environmental Sound Controls To Reduce Background Noise
- Medical Grade Resins To Reduce Ear Irritation
- Four Different Sized Ear Domes For "Custom Fit"
This Hearing Aids Center site came about because I am losing my hearing. Severely. And it was isolating me; I reduced time spent with friends, family and the public.
Before hearing aids, when people would talk with me, I got frustrated because everyone was mumbling and slurring their words. I would respond and they would look at me with astonishment and ask "Where did that come from?" It seems what I heard was not even close to what was being discussed.
Embarrassed, I sharply reduced my time out.
Hearing aids, promoted at the retail stores were too expensive. $1,500, $2,000, $4,000. Per ear. And did not last all that long - good ones were expected to last less than seven years.
So I wanted to find alternatives.
Retail stores had overhead - rents, utilities, trained professional staff (audiologists are expensive), specialized equipment. And high markups.
I already had an audiology report, so did not need to have that expense folded into the price of a hearing aid. I knew enough that I could get away without a customized ear mold. I also realized most staff members were essentially salespeople trying to upgrade me to the latest and greatest, when all I needed was something to make me hear.
What I Wanted In a Hearing Aid
And so I looked, researched, explored. I wanted something to bring back those missing "P"s, "S"s and other sounds I could no longer hear. I wanted something that would bring back pitches, allowing me to hear birds and my grandchildren (it was embarrassing - my teenage son could yell in my ear and I could barely hear him because of the pitch of his voice).
And I wanted something small because I was vain and did not want a big old piece of equipment attached to my ear. And cheap. I did not have a lot of money.
And I found the solutions.
Hearing Aid Sources
I looked in Germany, France, USA, Canada. And China. China makes cheap products, sold worldwide. It is cheap because that is usually what we ask for. But they also make well made products for a little more. That is where I found the solutions to my hearing problems.
I went to trade shows, spent time in factories ( I used to spend a lot of time in China and know my way around) and found some manufacturers I could work with.
I bought and used different kinds of hearing aids - RIC (Receiver in Canal), where the unit sits behind the ear and has a very thin line going into the ear; ITE (In The Ear), where the unit all fits inside the ear, BTE (Behind The Ear) - a larger version of the RIC and others.
Some were able to recharge on a battery stand, some could be controlled with bluetooth; some had a LOT of bands (16+) and channels (32+) (these break sound down to smaller frequencies and volume control in the frequencies).
I knew that hearing aid manufacturers kept adding new ...... toys.... so they could promote the "newest and greatest" for higher and higher prices.
It was like buying a car. I did not need watching video, accessing the internet, usb plugins, 110 volt plugins and a bunch of other distractions. I just needed a car to go from point "A" to point "B".
Hearing aids are the same way.
The manufacturers I picked had a lot of different styles and features. I went pretty basic - but with features such as programmable and non programmable - that allowed a person wearing the hearing aid to actually hear. I wanted hearing aids for those that had a mild hearing loss, and those that had a severe hearing problem.
One manufacturer we are using for Hearing Aids Center also had the advantage of having some of the smallest hearing aids available. Back to the vain comment earlier - I like small.
We did not want a big line-up of different hearing aids; I knew money was an issue to a lot of people, so we balanced features with cost, so instead of offering a dozen styles and features, we settled on....
There are hearing aids that insert into the ear canal and do a pretty good job of allowing us to hear. But I also found that they made my ear itch. I know I would get used to it, but....
The other alternative was Behind The Ear (BTE) systems. These were the ones with all sorts of features, sizes...... and prices.
We tried the ones with basic channels, lots of channels, bluetooth, custom programmed and more. Soon we were getting up in price where we could match the Audiologist retail stores.
But we wanted a good product that allowed us to hear at a good price. So we reduced and reduced our lineup to what you see below. You won't be disappointed....
Taking in consideration for the speech range and feedback, the computer speed for converting speech, the size and weight, the warranty, our feedback in using the hearing device - we settled on the RIC (as above). Your hearing aid is small and light. Personally, this is what I wear most of the time. The problem is that because it is so light and unobtrusive, I often forget I am wearing it and go to sleep with it in or start to shower without taking the hearing aid out of my ear.....
It fits in the ear very well; I do not have to take it out to scratch my ear, and as I just mentioned, I forget I am wearing it. Because of the advanced circuitry (more about that below) I hear well. It will fit everyone from Mild to Severe hearing impairment.
I-COOL intelligent multi-core digital signal processor is a more powerful cpu to process signals faster and better
ERAC context analysis based WDRC technology quickly analyses the sound to amplify what is quiet and reduce what is too noisy, giving an even sound reception
8 independent compression-amplification channels - Multi-channel systems split the incoming signal into frequency bands, much like an "equalizer" in stereo systems of years past. Each band typically has its own compression circuit. Individual compression circuits allow these multi-channel instruments the flexibility to amplify each frequency band independently, to maximally correspond to the user's needs, preferences and their dynamic range
4 independent adjustable bands allows the sound signal to be cut into 4 parts so it could be processed more precisely.
12 signal process channels breaks sound into 12 segments to process the sounds
Low level noise reduction technology reduces loud sounds to harmonize the volume coming from the hearing aid.
Feedback suppression technology suppresses feedback of the hearing aids.
Program switch tone is available by holding either the up or down volume button. One beep for basic mode; two beeps for quiet mode; three beeps for meetings, and four beeps for noisy input. Each beep gets louder….
Low battery warning tone beeps as the battery comes to end life. The hearing aid will beep occasionally to forewarn you to replace the battery.
Power on delay gives time to pace the hearing aid in the ear before becoming active. This eliminates any potential audio feedback.
Microphone & Telecoil overlay processing technology automatically switches from hearing aid to telecoil, enabling you to answer the phone seamlessly
Volume control trimmer (selectable). The hearing aid has two volume controls – up and down. Volume is controlled by quickly tapping the (up) volume control. If you do not hear a beep, continue tapping until a beep is heard. Continued tapping will increase the volume. One beep for low volume, two beeps for moderate volume, three beeps for loud and four taps for…. Louder.
Q: How long before I get my hearing aid?
A: It takes approximately 7-14 days from payment to delivery.
Q: Where does my hearing aid come from?
A: We have some supplies in our warehouse in Canada. What we don’t have, we have shipped from overseas.
Q: If you are shipping from outside my country, what about customs duties?
A: Most times, Customs allows your hearing aid through with no duties or taxes. Occasionally though, someone gets ambitious and sets a fee. This is nominal and at your expense.
Q: Is there a warranty on my hearing aid?
A: Yes. There is a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. There is also a one year manufacturer’s warranty against defects.
Q: If I need to use my manufacturer’s warranty, how do I do so?
A: Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) us with the problem. It may be something simple we can help you solve. If this does not work, ship your unit back to us (344-3345 Kingsway, Vancouver BC V5R 0A7) for either a repair or new hearing aid (manufacturer’s discretion). Prior to shipping, email for a Warranty Return #. As well, tell us what the problem is.
Q: What kind of batteries do I use?
A: Your hearing aid takes a #10 battery. Your hearing aid package has a “stick” that is magnetic on one end to help install and take out the battery from the hearing aid.
Q: How do I put my hearing aid in my ear?
A: This part should be pretty simple, but I suggest turning down your hearing aid prior to placing in your ear. The hearing aid works by pressing either button on top of the hearing aid. You will hear one to four beeps – each beep sounding louder, letting you know volume is being turned up.
Q: How do I pick which hearing dome (the rubbery piece that goes over the part of the hearing aid that goes in your ear) to use?
A: I suggest you start with the smallest and work your way up to what is comfortable for you.
Q: My hearing aid bothers my ear.
A: This can be either of two reasons – your ear is initially not used to something in it, so you can pull it out momentarily and put it back in or it might be because your ear dome is not fitting right, in which case you can try a different ear dome.
Q: My hearing aid stopped working or does not work as well as it used to.
A: Everything requires a little maintenance. With hearing aids, you should clean daily to remove any ear wax buildup. Take the “stick” that came in your kit, take off the ear dome, and stick the “stick” into the hearing aid several times to remove any wax buildup.
Q: How do I know if my battery dies?
A: When you are wearing your hearing aid, it will signal when your battery starts needing replacement by giving a beep once in awhile.
Q: My hearing aid volume keeps going down.
A:With the RIC (Receiver in Canal) hearing aid, It has been my experience that if you wear glasses, the arm from your glasses may press the button(s) for the volume. I adjust it during the day…
Q: My hearing aid sound doesn’t seem right.
A: As good as hearing aids are, I like to compare to a transistor radio (hearing aid) versus a stereo (natural hearing). You can hear better than you have in a long time, but it is not the natural sound you heard when you were younger.
Q: I still can not hear what people are saying properly.
A: Not mentioned in all the different manufacturer hearing aid marketing materials is the fact that your brain has adjusted to your not hearing as well as you used to. Using a hearing aid confuses your brain, and it takes awhile for your brain to adjust to the different sounds and pitches. We suggest wearing your hearing aid everyday, even if you are not going out. This way, (A) your ear canal can get used to something being in it, and (B) your brain can adjust to even the smallest noises we don’t think of – the fridge running, patter of feet on the floor, background noises and music.
Q: I get squealing in my ear.
A: The RIC hearing aid has the microphone away from the ear receiver, and you should not be getting feedback unless something is close to the main unit behind your ear – a hand, maybe. Remove the obstacle and you should be fine. Glasses do not seem to interfere with the sound….
One beautiful box containing your RIC hearing aid
One manual explaining how to maintain your hearing aid
One warranty card, good for one year against manufacturer's defects
One little jewelry-like box containing:
5 ear domes
1 brush for cleaning hearing aid and inserting battery
1 vent wire to remove ear wax from hearing aid and ear dome
One RIC hearing aid with:
4 environmental listening modes
4 volume controls
Feedback suppression to eliminate squealing
Low battery warning (hearing aid will beep occasionally when battery is almost dead)
8 compression/amplification channels
12 signal processing channels
Only 1.39 grams compared to regular sized 3.75 grams
Less than an inch in size
Shipping is included
ONE YEAR MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
The manufacturer will repair or replace, at their discretion, any hearing aid model manufactured by the company that is not functioning as advertised for one full year from purchase.