A Guide To Phonak Hearing Aids

Published: 09th July 2010
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It can sometimes be tough for anyone to pay attention to their surroundings. It's even harder for those with hearing deficits. Sounds seem muffled or far away. People's voices may be indistinct and hard to decipher. Many hearing aids just amplify sounds - the good ones and the bad ones. However, Phonak hearing aids do a great job of alleviating these problems.

With Phonak hearing aids, wearers can experience several technology levels. Lowest on the technology list is analog. Analog involves manual adjustments for an preference. A receiver gathers the sound, then it goes through a simple amplification process before being sent on to the ear.

Through use of computer software, some devices known as programmable analog hearing aids can actually be programmed digitally. Some of the advantages of digital Phonak hearing aids can be gained without the higher cost associated with digital. But digital is where Phonak hearing aids really show their stuff. A digital hearing aid can be fine tuned to the preferences of its wearer. This process begins with the fitting, but it doesn't end there.

User of Phonak hearing aids can learn where to set the volume to best suit them. You will adjust it differently in a crowded football stadium than you will in the relative quiet of your own back porch. After awhile, the Self Learning technology will adapt to the way you do things and will begin to take over the volume adjustments.

Another feature called Self Logging stores info about you in your Phonak hearing aids which can be later used by an audiologist. Another neat feature is called AutoPilot. This allows for automatic adjustment to several presets within your hearing aid. To eliminate background noises, there is SurroundZoom.

microPower is a specific line of Phonak hearing aids. microPower is one of the smallest models on the market. Their weight is around 2 grams. They are BTE's (behind the ear hearing aids) and work well for people with more severe loss of hearing.microPower's small speaker fits inside the wearer's ear. The microphone is placed behind the ear, in the same way as other BTE's.They are connected by very small tubing. In fact, all the microStyle hearing aids are similar in size of both the case of the hearing aids and of the tubing. Weight isn't an issue as they are also very light.

Phonak hearing aids come in the usual styles. In the Ear, or ITE, are on such style. For people that don't have a severe loss, these are a good choice. The BTE, behind the ear, aids are more appropriate for such users with any treatable level of hearing loss and also for children.

You'll never be able to hear exactly the same as you did before your hearing was damaged - even with Phonak hearing aids. However, they can definitely make tremendous improvement in how you hear now. With that goal in mind, the use of Phonak hearing aids is worth exploring.

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