New Hearing Aid Technology Available in Phoenix

The landscape of hearing aids in Phoenix is about to be revolutionized with the introduction of new hearing aid technology throughout 2024.

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The landscape of hearing aids in Phoenix is about to be revolutionized with the introduction of new hearing aid technology throughout 2024. These newly updated devices reflect a broader trend in the industry towards more sophisticated hearing aids that prioritize sound quality, user comfort, and durability. Among the top contenders in the new wave of hearing aids are the Oticon Intent, Widex SmartRIC, and Resound Nexia, recognized for their cutting-edge attributes and user-centric designs..

At Applied Hearing Solutions in Phoenix, our Doctors of Audiology are committed to embracing these advancements and integrating them into our practice. We focus on evidence-based Best Practices, including the use of Real Ear Measurements during fittings, to ensure our patients receive the most effective and personalized hearing care possible. With the spotlight on models like the Oticon Intent, Widex SmartRIC, and Resound Nexia, we are excited to offer our patients access to the latest in hearing aid technology, tailored to meet their unique needs and improve their quality of life.

Oticon Intent

Exploring the Oticon Intent family, we find a range of hearing aids designed to cater to diverse needs and budgets. Here's a breakdown of their key features and innovations:

Technology Levels:

The Oticon Intent comes in four distinct technology levels: Intent 1 (premium), Intent 2, Intent 3, and Intent 4 (entry-level). The general recommendation is to opt for the highest level within your budget to maximize potential benefits, although that decision also depends on your lifestyle.

Form Factor and Battery Life:

These hearing aids are available in rechargeable styles that get up to 18 hours of battery life with just a 2-hour charge. The design is compact, featuring a more horizontal orientation of microphones for improved sound capture. Notably, the lithium-ion batteries, which are not user-replaceable, are designed to last up to 5 years.

Advanced Features for Enhanced Hearing:

Oticon Intent incorporates cutting-edge features like the 4D sensor and Deep Neural Network 2.0, part of the More Sound Intelligence 3.0 suite. These technologies work together to significantly improve speech intelligibility by 12% and by 35% with dynamic testing methods. Additionally, the hearing aids support LE Audio Bluetooth for superior sound quality and longer-range connectivity. The Oticon companion app further enriches user experience by offering extensive adjustments, including program and volume control, streaming equalizers, and remote sessions with hearing care professionals.

By integrating these advanced features, Oticon Intent aims to provide users with a highly customizable and efficient hearing solution, making it a noteworthy option for those seeking new hearing aid technology in Phoenix.

Resound Nexia

Resound Nexia emerged as a groundbreaking addition to the hearing aid market, courtesy of ReSound, a leader in the audiological field and a part of the GN Group. This line is tailored to meet the diverse needs of users, offering a variety of styles including Receiver-in-Ear (RIE), Behind-the-Ear (BTE), and custom in-ear models such as In-the-Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC), and Completely-in-Canal (CIC).

Styles & Sizes

The Nexia Micro RIE stands out, being 25% smaller than standard RIE models. It includes an accelerometer for intuitive tap-based controls and hands-free audio streaming with iOS devices.

Durability & Compatibility

With an IP68 rating, Nexia offers exceptional resistance to moisture and debris. It supports Bluetooth LE 5.2 and Auracast broadcast audio technology for shared listening experiences. The line is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, ensuring wide usability.

Technology Tiers

Available in three technology levels - 5, 7, and 9 - Nexia allows users to choose the best fit for their needs, with higher tiers offering more advanced noise reduction and sound processing settings.

Resound Nexia is designed for those seeking personalized, high-technology hearing solutions, dispensed by professionals to guarantee optimal fitting and performance. This aligns perfectly with our commitment at Applied Hearing Solutions: to provide evidence-based best practices and utilizing Real Ear Measurements for all fittings, ensuring our patients here in Phoenix, AZ receive the highest standard of care.

Widex SmartRIC

Widex SmartRIC stands out with its innovative design and features, aimed at enhancing user experience and sound quality:

Design and Sound Quality

The L-shaped design of Widex SmartRIC is a game-changer, aligning with the wearer's listening focus and enhancing speech directionality. This unique design contributes to an improved signal-to-noise ratio, especially in noisy environments, allowing wearers to engage more effectively in social situations.

Built on Widex's PureSound™ with ZeroDelay™ technology platform, SmartRIC delivers incredibly fast sound processing, making it the digital hearing aid with the fastest sound processing available. This technology ensures a natural, true-to-life listening experience for the wearer.

Battery Life and Charging

With up to 37 hours of natural hearing on a single charge, Widex SmartRIC ensures users can experience uninterrupted sound throughout their day. The device comes with a fast-charging case that offers five full charges, easily fitting into a pocket or small bag for convenience. This portable charger provides more than a week's worth of on-the-go charging, ensuring users have peace of mind without worrying about battery life.

Advanced Features

SmartRIC includes several innovative features such as Speech Enhancer, Widex MySound™, and Widex TruAcoustics™, enhancing the overall hearing experience. It's also compatible with RC-DEX for easy remote control of programs and volume, and the MOMENT app, which includes SoundSense Learn, Widex Sound Assist™, and Widex SoundConnect for a personalized hearing experience. Microphone covers also help reduce wind noise and other distractions, further enhancing sound quality in various environments.

Modern Hearing Aid Features

In the rapidly evolving landscape of hearing aid technology, several innovative features have become integral in enhancing the auditory experience for users. These advancements are not only improving sound quality and user comfort but are also pushing the boundaries of what hearing aids can achieve. Here are some of the most notable modern hearing aid features:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

AI algorithms dynamically adjust settings based on the wearer's surroundings for optimal listening. Machine learning algorithms learn from the wearer's preferences and behaviors, offering a more personalized experience.

Augmented Reality and Advanced Connectivity

AR applications provide wearers with augmented information about their surroundings, such as visual indicators of sound sources and real-time captions. Enhanced Bluetooth technology enables seamless integration with a broader range of devices, making hearing aids more versatile.

Health Tracking and Eco-Friendly Design

The inclusion of biometric sensors in hearing aids enables the monitoring of vital signs, providing valuable information about the wearer's health. The industry's emphasis on rechargeability and the use of eco-friendly materials illustrates its commitment to promoting sustainability.

These features collectively represent the future of hearing aids, emphasizing customization, health monitoring, and enhanced connectivity. Our commitment to staying abreast of the latest hearing aid technology means our patients in Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas have access to the most up-to-date features available. As we continue to integrate these technologies, hearing aids are becoming more than just devices for sound amplification; they're evolving into comprehensive hearing solutions that cater to the diverse needs and lifestyles of users. 

Real Ear Measurement

Real ear measurements (REM) are a cornerstone of the personalized approach we take at Applied Hearing Solutions. For our Doctors of Audiology, REM is the gold standard of audiology care. This best practice ensures that our patients receive hearing aids that are perfectly tailored to their unique auditory profiles. This evidence-based practice is crucial for several reasons:

Personalization and Precision

Each individual's ear canal has a unique size, shape, and acoustics, affecting how sound is perceived. REM accounts for these variations, ensuring the hearing aid's performance matches the wearer's specific hearing loss prescription.

By considering factors such as ear canal shape and the type of bend, REM helps in selecting the right hearing aid fit, optimizing the device's settings for the individual's needs.

Ongoing Accuracy and Satisfaction

Ear canals can change over time, making regular REM checks vital to maintain the hearing aid's effectiveness and the wearer's comfort. REM contributes significantly to increased hearing aid usage and satisfaction by verifying that the device amplifies sounds correctly, leading to a better overall user experience.

Procedure and Importance

The REM process involves calibrating the measurement equipment, placing a probe in the ear alongside the hearing aid, and playing sounds to measure how the device amplifies sound within the ear canal. This data ensures the hearing aid is programmed correctly for the wearer’s specific needs.

Despite its importance, only about 40% of hearing professionals regularly use REM. At Applied Hearing Solutions, it is a standard part of all our hearing aid fittings, reflecting our commitment to providing the highest standard of care.

By integrating REM into our practice, we not only adhere to the best practices recommended by leading audiology associations but also ensure our patients in Phoenix enjoy the full benefits of the latest hearing aid technology, including the Oticon Intent, Widex SmartRIC, and Resound Nexia.

New Hearing Aids in Phoenix

With new hearing aids, the emphasis on personalization, coupled with the superior sound quality offered by these devices, allows for a custom-tailored auditory experience that meets the unique needs of each user. The introduction of new hearing aid models like the Oticon Intent, Widex SmartRIC, and Resound Nexia are exciting developments for hearing aid users in Phoenix. We believe that these devices have the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for individuals with hearing challenges. This is not just about enhanced clarity; it's about embracing technologies that transform lives. 

At Applied Hearing Solutions, we are deeply committed to evidence-based best practices, including Real Ear Measurements. Our goal is to provide personalized care that maximizes the benefits of these technological advancements. As we anticipate the introduction of these advanced hearing solutions into our practice in throughout 2024, it's clear that the future of hearing aid technology is here. 

For those ready to explore the potential of these new hearing aids, we encourage you to schedule a hearing test with our top-rated Audiologists today.

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Dr. Cliff Olson
Founder & Audiologist
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Dr. Cliff Olson is an Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona. A former Marine Corps Scout Sniper, he left the military to earn his Audiology doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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