Are You getting ready to Travel for a Vacation? Here are some ways to Prepare if You wear Hearing Aids.
Traveling on a plane can be stressful. That stress can magnify if you also experience hearing loss. If you’re a hearing aid user, you must take extra precautions while traveling.
Preparing for Travel
Protect the circuitry of your hearing aids from nature’s elements.
If you’re traveling somewhere humid/hot or where you’ll be near a body of water, make sure you have a dry box to store your hearing aids to protect them from the water. A hearing aid dehumidifier is also helpful if moisture builds up in your devices. A waterproof hat or umbrella is beneficial if you find yourself in an unexpected rainstorm.
Get Your Equipment Ready
Pack your hearing aid equipment in your carry-on bag. You don’t want to be without these items if your bag is misplaced during transit. It can be challenging to replace these things, particularly when traveling to secluded destinations.
Hearing aids need a power source - via batteries or recharging. Whatever number of batteries you believe you’ll need, pack extra. Depending on how often you use them and how much streaming is used, the average hearing aid battery lasts 5-14 days. So always pack extra just in case. Remember to bring your hearing aid charger if you wear rechargeable hearing aids.
You should also pack a power strip and a power adapter (if traveling overseas). Sometimes there’s a limited number of outlets for you to plug things in at hotel rooms, so it’s good to have these to prevent any instances of not having fully recharged hearing aids.
Schedule a visit at Pure Sound Hearing
If you want reassurance that your hearing aids or assistive listening devices are correctly functioning before your trip, schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing.
Traveling through the Airport and on the Airplane
When you travel, you should be able to see the Hearing Loop logos at popular tourist destinations and public transit spaces.
About 90% of hearing aids use telecoils or t-coils so that travel and tourist information can be heard through your hearing aids or assistive listening devices. Bluetooth® hearing aids can be used during a flight, but it needs to be set in airplane mode if the flight attendant requests passengers to do so.
Going Through Security Checkpoint
You can wear your hearing aids through the security checkpoint - they won’t set off any alarms. Notify the security personnel that you have hearing loss in case they notice that you are not following directions. While walking through a metal detector, switch the volume to a lower setting. Your hearing aids might produce a loud distorted or static noise.
Checking in at Your Hotel/Destination
If you haven’t notified the hotel staff about your hearing impairment before arriving at your destination, give the receptionist your phone number and ask to receive text messages for vital information (room service, wake-up calls).
Many hotels have amenities that help people with hearing loss - fire alarms that light up as a visual aid or assistive listening devices paired with the TV in your hotel room. Contact the customer service representative at your hotel to ask about their accessibility options.
If you need new hearing aids or supplies for your hearing aids during traveling, please contact Pure Sound Hearing to schedule an appointment.
Stay safe! Enjoy your travels!
One of the primary things to consider when getting new hearing aids is the number of channels you should switch between. The number of channels available for your usage can help correct your loss.
Your hearing aid can correct some of your hearing by adding several channels. Even though this sounds obvious, you’re probably wondering why. Let’s take a deep dive into hearing aid channels.
What are Hearing Aid Channels?
Hearing aids feature microphones which are built right into the devices. They can pick up various noises from the surrounding area and separate them into channels. The number of channels a hearing aid utilizes will determine how detailed everything sounds. So, the more channels there are, the more it will divide that harnessed sound.
The average hearing aid features 4 to 24 channels. Four channels are the simplest; 24 channels are more detailed and create a better sound experience for the user. You can discuss how many channels would work best for your hearing loss with a provider from Pure Sound Hearing.
What are the Benefits of Several Channels?
Everyone with hearing loss has a different degree of deficiency. Adjustments are necessary based on their hearing test results. More channels on a hearing aid make the users’ hearing precise and customized so they can get the most out of their hearing aids.
Discuss the channels on your hearing aids with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing. They’ll patiently work with you to get the most benefits from your hearing aids.
Rechargeable battery usage is becoming more common than disposable battery usage for many electronics.
Disposable and Rechargeable Batteries
A disposable battery rests in a special compartment in the hearing aid. It can be accessed through a battery door. The hearing aids will alert you when the devices are losing power so you can swap the old batteries for new ones.
Rechargeable batteries are built into the hearing aids. When the hearing aid is down to low power, place the hearing aids on the charging station to recharge it. It does not feature a battery door, so if the battery dies it must be sent out to be removed and replaced by a hearing aid manufacturer. You can do this through your hearing aid provider.
The Positive Uses of Disposable Hearing Aid Batteries
Variety of Styles to Select
There are more styles of hearing aids to choose from with disposable hearing aid batteries. Rechargeable hearing aids only come in behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver-in-canal (RIC), in-the-ear (ITE), and in-the-canal (ITC) styles.
Better Control by User
If you are always on the go, replacing the batteries with new ones - instead of finding a place to recharge them - makes it easy. If there’s a power outage, it’s easier to pop in fresh batteries than to find a power source.
The Positive Uses of Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
Easy to Use
Disposable batteries are tiny. If you need help due to dexterity issues, this can be a problem. Simply place your rechargeable hearing aids in the charger overnight and they’ll be ready to go for your day.
Safe Around Kids and Pets
These small, shiny, button-sized batteries are easy for kids and pets to swallow. This can be very dangerous. Pets and children tend to use batteries and hearing aids as chew toys. It’s important to keep your devices and batteries on high shelves or locked away in a cabinet where they can’t easily access them.
Better for the Environment
One rechargeable battery for hearing aids lasts for about a year, depending on the model. On the other hand, hearing aids with disposable batteries can use 100 button batteries per year. This produces a lot of waste. Find out where you can dispose of your batteries locally.
Better Streaming Abilities
Bluetooth® streaming for audio can make your hearing aids drain faster. Rechargeable hearing aids are better for this feature so that you don’t need to replace disposable ones frequently.
Whether you prefer rechargeable or disposable batteries, Pure Sound Hearing has both options. Contact us for a free hearing test, consultation, and hearing aid trial.
Hearing well is vital to a person’s overall health. Healthy hearing helps a person’s physical and mental health. The human ear is the most favorable and accurate area to track motion and oversee a person’s health.
Why are Ears the Optimal Area to Record Activeness?
Your wrist has too many muscles and tendons that move around. The human ear is solely made of cartilage and is one of the most immobile areas of the body. Placing a sensor inside the ear canal makes the signal nearly 100 times clearer than the wrist.
The ear creates a stable environment that correlates with your body’s movement. Your wrist can make other movements - not connected to the steps you made. It can lead to inaccurate calculations of steps you’ve taken and record them on your device that displays activity tracking.
Hearing aids that feature AI can be found in all modern hearing aids. These devices let you monitor everything from physical activity to hearing activity. You can see graphs on your hearing and physical activity daily, monthly, or annually.
If you’ve been holding out on getting new hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation to learn more about the options available for your specific listening needs.
We’re a few months into the new year. What new things should you expect when it comes to your hearing health?
1. Rechargeable Hearing Aids
The great thing about rechargeable hearing aid batteries is:
More and more hearing aid manufacturers are making rechargeable options more widely available. Eventually, this will become the norm.
2. Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
Young people in their pre-teens to mid-30s are beginning to lose their hearing. This demographic tends to engage in risky activities like turning up music/podcasts/videos too loud on their personal media players or going to loud clubs, bars, sports arenas, and concerts. Noise levels in these areas surpass the safe level of 70-85 decibels (dB) - depending on your personal hearing sensitivities.
The only preventable type of hearing loss is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). If you need others who are close by to shout for you to hear them, that means your environment is too loud. Here are some easy tips to follow so you can safeguard your hearing:
Keep up with your annual hearing tests. The sooner you notice any hearing loss and get tested, the quicker you can receive appropriate treatment options to preserve the hearing that you still have.
3. Connect Hearing Aids to Other Devices
All modern hearing aids feature Bluetooth®, so connecting your TV, music, phone calls, or podcasts straight to your hearing aids is more convenient. Hearing aids act like Bluetooth® earbuds allowing you to listen to any media wirelessly. You can download compatible apps and control your hearing aids directly from your smartphone or tablet.
4. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
When you log onto Netflix or Hulu, there will be a list of suggested movies or TV shows based on your previous viewing preferences. The thermostat in your house can set a comfortable temperature without manual assistance. Your smartphone auto-suggests words when you text someone. A subset of A.I. is machine learning, and it’s become part of everyday life.
A.I. is becoming more useful with hearing aids by making things simple and more convenient. Some hearing aids can track a user’s brain and body health, detect if a user falls, translates other languages, and creates auto-captions in real-time.
If you are experiencing hearing loss and need new hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
Rechargeable hearing aids are getting more popular these days, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the preferred model. We’ll go over some of the pros and cons of hearing aids that are rechargeable and those that are powered by disposable batteries.
Disposable vs. Rechargeable Batteries
Disposable batteries are inserted into the battery compartment of a hearing aid. Simply open the battery door and place the battery inside. After you receive an alert that your hearing aid batteries are low, replace the batteries with new ones.
Rechargeable batteries are built into the hearing aids. There is no battery door that grants access to this battery. After you receive an alert that your hearing aid batteries are low, place your hearing aids into the charging port to recharge them.
What are the advantages of Hearing Aids with Disposable Batteries?
Disposable batteries are featured in all hearing aid styles. Rechargeable hearing aids are only available in behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver-in-canal (RIC), in-the-ear (ITE), and in-the-canal (ITC) styles.
You have More Control
If your batteries run out, you can simply replace them with new batteries and continue with your day. When you are accustomed to disposing of your batteries, there’s a learning curve to get into the routine of recharging your hearing aids each night.
Less Reliance on Additional Supplies
Disposable batteries are generally stored together with your hearing aid supplies. A hearing aid charger is normally on a bedside table, and you can easily forget to pack it if you are taking a long trip. The cord can become damaged, the charger may stop working, or there could be a power outage.
What are the advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
Easier to use
Rechargeable hearing aids are easier to use. If you have dexterity issues, handling small disposable batteries can be tricky. Rechargeable hearing aids allow you to place the devices into the charger overnight so that you can have functioning hearing aids all day long.
Pets and Children Stay Safe
These tiny, shiny, batteries can attract curious pets and children, who may swallow them. This can be very dangerous. Rechargeable hearing aids are less likely to be swallowed because they’ll either be in your ears or in the recharger port.
Better for the Environment
The average rechargeable hearing aid uses one battery each year. A typical hearing aid uses nearly 100 disposable batteries per year. If you choose to use disposable batteries, find a local place where you can recycle your batteries.
Great for Streaming
Bluetooth and streaming audio through your hearing aids will deplete your hearing aids more quickly. If you normally use either of these, rechargeable hearing aids would be better.
If you are looking for hearing aids that have rechargeable or disposable batteries, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary consultation.
The products included in the Signia CROS Nx are the CROS Pure Charge&Go Nx, CROS Pure 312 Nx, and CROS Silk Nx.
Signia’s CROS Pure Charge&Go Nx
With the convenience of rechargeable batteries, the CROS Pure Charge&Go provides you with the natural sound of your own voice and direct streaming.
This hearing aid battery lasts longer, to keep up with you and your daily routines. Simply place your hearing aids in the charger before going to sleep, and they’ll be ready to go so that you can start your day.
Signia’s CROS Pure 312 Nx
The CROS Pure 312 Nx benefits hearing aid users who have unaidable hearing loss in one ear. With its small and discreet design, it still provides high-quality sound and the natural sound of your own voice if you have aidable hearing loss in one ear and unaidable hearing loss in the other ear.
CROS Silk Nx
This is the most discreet, and natural hearing experience for anyone with unilateral hearing loss.
The CROS Silk Nx harnesses sound in the ear that it is worn in, and then transmits it to a hearing aid that is worn in the other ear.
The small design and amazing quality of sound creates a natural hearing experience when listening to music through over-ear headphones.
The Signia app lets you discreetly adjust your hearing aid settings through your smartphone.
If you or a loved one have single-sided hearing loss, and believe that wearing and of Signia's CROS Nx products could be beneficial, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation for a free trial.
Technology is an ever-changing endeavor, with improvements and modifications to make your life more comfortable and convenient. Over the years, advanced developments in technology give your hearing instrument specialists a chance to recommend and program state-of-the-art features and settings that improve the way you hear.
Advanced hearing aids are essentially the same as your basic hearing aids, except there are more features that can benefit the user in different situations. While basic hearing aids can amplify sounds and help you hear, they do not have the same variety of features and setting options. When choosing the best option that works for you, you must let your hearing instrument specialist know what you are looking for in terms of how you communicate with others on a regular basis, what type of environments you frequent, etc.
Basic Hearing Aid Features
The main difference between basic and advanced hearing aids is the remote settings and manual controls. As mentioned earlier, basic hearing aids can still help you hear better but they might not be able to effortlessly change channels. You will probably need to manually adjust the settings as needed. For example, to raise or lower the volume, you may need to remove the hearing aids from your ear and then press a button on them.
Basic hearing aids usually only feature two channels. These channels process distinct types of sounds. This makes it difficult to customize settings for various environments. You’ll need more channels in order to truly customize your hearing aids.
Basic hearing aids may not provide advanced speech processing or be able to reduce distracting background noises. These hearing aids generally have basic directional microphones.
Advanced Hearing Aid Features
The great thing about advanced hearing aids is that they have various features and settings, and they automatically switch to these settings based on where you go.
There are more channels, so sounds can be isolated. This gives users a more natural listening experience where sounds can be heard more clearly. Just about every modern, advanced hearing aid is connected with Bluetooth®. This lets you link your smartphone, TV, computer, sound system, or any other Bluetooth®-connected device with your hearing aids.
With help from your hearing instrument specialist advanced hearing aids can be programmed to reduce noises, like the wind. This makes them easier to wear if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
Data logs are also available in these hearing aids. A lot of information can be stored in these devices, including volume settings and preferred listening environments. This helps make a personally tailored experience for each user.
The convenience of pairing a digital hearing aid with your smartphone cannot match that of simply using a basic hearing aid. Downloadable apps make it easier to adjust the volume and streaming options directly into your hearing aids.
If you are unsure as to what type of hearing aids you should use, consult your hearing instrument specialist to learn about available options. They will help you determine the best options for your specific listening needs. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test, consultation, and hearing aid trial.
There’s an array of hearing aid styles and brands that are fit for people of all ages and ranges of hearing loss.
Maybe you thought about getting hearing aids, or have been told by a loved one or trusted hearing healthcare professional that you need hearing aids. Maybe you have concerns about options that are available to you, how they look, or whether you can afford them.
First, it’s important to understand that hearing aids cannot restore your hearing to normal. What they can do is help you hear clearer in different environments, keep the hearing abilities that you still have, and slow down cognitive decline. Secondly, there's no one hearing aid that's right for everyone. Hearing loss is unique for each person, so one hearing aid solution/style may work for some, but not for others. It is highly recommended that you try different hearing aids out before purchasing them.
Hearing aids can also significantly help slow down your hearing loss, which helps reduce the risks of cognitive decline and dementia. It’s important to wear your hearing aids from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. Learn more about the importance of wearing your hearing aids each day.
How do hearing aids work?
Each hearing aid uses the same components to harness sounds from your surroundings into your ear to make them louder and clearer. Most modern hearing aids are digital, and all of them use a battery or are rechargeable.
A tiny, built-in microphone gathers sounds in your environment. A computer chip featuring an amplifier translates the harnessed sound into a digital code. It interprets and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs, and the range of sounds nearby. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through receivers (it’s like a speaker located on your hearing aid).
Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids differ in size, shape, features, how they rest in your ear, and price. Hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller, making them nearly invisible. Here’s a list of common hearing aid styles that are offered at Pure Sound Hearing.
The completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids were created to rest inside the ear canal. It helps mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.
The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid has a customized earmold that will rest perfectly in your ear canal. This hearing aid style can help adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.
An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is customized in two styles -- one that covers most of the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear (known as a full shell) and one that only covers the lower part (known as a half-shell). Both can help individuals with mild to severe hearing loss and feature directional microphones (two microphones for a 360-degree range of noise).
A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid has a receiver (dome/earmold) that goes inside your ear, and then the case that holds all of the wiring and technology, curves around the top of your ear, and rests behind the ear. Tubing connects the hearing aid to a customized earmold made by your hearing instrument specialist that is fitted to the unique shape of your ear canal. This hearing aid style can be worn by users of any age and nearly any range of hearing loss.
Receiver-in-canal or receiver-in-the-ear
The receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aid styles are similar to the BTE hearing aids, where the speaker or receiver rests in the ear canal. Instead of tubing, a small wire, attach the piece behind the ear to the speaker or receiver.
Other General Hearing Aid Features
There are some other optional hearing aid features available, depending on the style or brand, that can improve your listening experience in particular environments:
Contact us at Pure Sound for a free hearing test, consultation, and trial. Work with one of our hearing instrument specialists, and find out what works best for you.
Is there a way to Repair a Hearing Aid Battery that can’t keep up with You throughout the Day?
Just about every new rechargeable hearing aid is meant to function for more than 24 hours until they need a recharge.
Rechargeable hearing aids are made from lithium-ion batteries. These are the same batteries that are used for smartphones, laptops, and TV streaming remote controls. After they are used over time, they become less and less powerful. As a result, they need to be recharged more often and eventually replaced by a manufacturer. Hearing aid repairs may also be necessary, so it’s important to contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to get help from our hearing instrument specialists.
How do you get a Repair for Your Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
If you bought your hearing aid from Pure Sound Hearing, you should bring it back to us in order to get it fixed. If there is an internal problem with the device, we will ship it to the manufacturer for you and it will get refurbished. It should take 1-2 weeks for the hearing aid to be ready, but you’ll essentially go back home with a brand new hearing aid.
If you are in need of a hearing aid repair and are new to the Lancaster County area - or received your hearing aids from a different provider - you may contact us at 717-945-1477 before dropping it off at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg.
Unfortunately, there is no method of replacing a lithium-ion battery on your own if you have a Phonak, ReSound, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, or Unitron hearing aid brand. But, if you wear an Oticon Opn miniRITE, you might be able to replace the battery by yourself.
It’s advised that consumers should not change out the lithium-ion batteries. The FDA warns of exposure to toxic chemicals, so a professional should replace them.
How much does it Cost to Replace a Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery?
If the hearing aids were purchased less than 2 years before needing a replacement, the lithium-ion battery replacement and any other repair should be free because your hearing aid would still be under warranty through the manufacturer. Contact us at Pure Sound for the cost of repair if the hearing aid is more than 2 years old.
Find out if Your Hearing Aid is Under Warranty
In order to determine this information, you’ll need to look for the serial numbers either on your hearing aid, on the paperwork that came with the hearing aids, ask your hearing instrument specialist, or an office staff member who has access to your paperwork.
Your hearing instrument specialist can contact the manufacturer to determine the date that the warranty ends. Usually, warranties for hearing aids last for 2 years from the date they were purchased. In some cases, the warranties last for up to 3 years.
Could the Hearing Aid Charger be the Culprit?
To determine whether the charger for your hearing aids is what’s causing the problem, place the hearing aid that’s causing the problem on the opposite side of the charger. For instance, if the left hearing aid does not last a full day, charge it on the right (red) side of your hearing aid charger.
If it turns out that this was the problem, you’ll need to buy a new charger. Hearing aid chargers are not under warranty from the manufacturer so you’ll need to purchase a replacement. You may do this through us at Pure Sound Hearing.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery
Hearing aid batteries tend to quickly drain when they are linked to external accessories, like smartphones. Switching off the Bluetooth® feature on your phone will disconnect the hearing aid from your smartphone, which will extend the battery life.
Streaming anything from your TV to music and videos will also lead to more power drain.
Recharge your hearing aids as often as you can, preferably overnight when you aren’t using them. It might be too late to do this if you are already experiencing power-draining problems. Recharging the battery each night while you sleep will help preserve the battery life. Do not let the battery reach 0%, this will make it more difficult to get any use out of the battery.
Average Lifespan of Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
One full charge should allow your hearing aids to last more than a full day of wearing them. Some Phonak rechargeable hearing aids can last more than 30 hours before a recharge is needed. If you add 6 hours of streaming, the battery should still work for at least 20 hours. On average, a full-time hearing aid user only dons their hearing aids for 12 hours per day. So the battery should not reach below 50% within the first year.
It’s important to note that the longer you have your hearing aids, the quicker your batteries will drain. It’s just like any other piece of technology, such as a phone or kitchen appliance.
You should send out your hearing aids to get repaired for a refurbishment during their last month in warranty. The rechargeable batteries will be replaced to guarantee the hearing aid has optimal performance.
If you or a loved one would be interested in a hearing aid trial with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries or disposable battery-powered hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing.
Hearing aids are battery-powered. Whether it’s rechargeable batteries or disposable ones that need to be manually changed, hearing aids need a source of energy. This means that you will have to incorporate battery replacements or time for charging into your daily routine.
The style of battery that you’ll need will depend on your hearing aid brand and model. You get to choose which hearing aid batteries to buy.
Here’s a guide on hearing aid types and brands to look into.
What are the Types of Hearing Aid Batteries
There are two hearing aid battery categories:
You most likely own a device (computer or smartphone) that has its own rechargeable battery. Just like these devices, hearing aids also have a rechargeable battery that needs to be restored with power in order to work each day.
Here are some companies that make hearing aids with rechargeable batteries:
Long-time hearing aid users, who wear devices with rechargeable batteries, recommend placing them in the charger overnight while they are sleeping.
Your hearing aids’ battery life will be mentioned in the manufacturer’s pamphlets that come with your hearing aids. On average, you can expect at least 30 hours of use per charge. Please note that streaming music, media, phone calls, etc. via Bluetooth® will quickly drain your batteries.
Zinc-air Button Disposable Batteries
There’s zinc in disposable batteries, which is why they are lighter in weight and cheaper than lithium-ion. Zinc is environmentally friendly, so it can be recycled, unlike regular batteries.
Disposable batteries have a factory seal that should be peeled off when you are ready to place them in your hearing aids. The sticker protects the hearing aids from getting air into them. As soon as oxygen comes in contact with the zinc, creating zinc oxide, the hearing aid becomes activated. It’s important to keep the backing on until you are ready to place the batteries into your hearing devices.
There are four sizes of hearing aid batteries. Each size is color-coded to lessen confusion. The smallest batteries can last about 3 days, and the larger batteries can last for 22 days.
Here’s a list of battery size from largest to smallest:
The blue size 675 batteries are used for powerful hearing aids that allow maximum amplification. They have generally been used in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
The orange size 13 batteries are typically used in BTE hearing aids that are in size medium to large, and provide high levels of amplified sound.
The brown size 312 batteries are generally used in small BTE and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids.
The yellow size 10 batteries are used in the smallest hearing aids, i.e. mini-receiver ITE hearing aids and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids.
The Lifespan of Hearing Aid Batteries
The lifespan of hearing aid batteries are influenced by:
It’s always a good idea to keep extra batteries with you, no matter how often you use your devices.
3 Tips on Purchasing Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing Aids and Batteries: The Cost
Battery costs should be taken into consideration when purchasing hearing aids.
Disposable vs. Rechargeable - rechargeable batteries may be more cost-effective than depending on the disposable batteries. Consider your personal preferences. Rechargeable batteries are easier to use than changing out batteries if you have dexterity challenges. If you have an active lifestyle, disposable batteries may be your best option if you are constantly on the go.
Bundled with Hearing Aids - Bundling can be an option. Batteries are normally included with the bundled cost of hearing aids, along with warranties. Bundles usually include as many batteries as you need for the lifespan of your hearing aids.
So, if you need a rechargeable or disposable battery-powered hearing aid, contact us at Pure Sound or stop in at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, or Strasburg.
Earlier this year, ReSound was named winner of the 2020 BIG Innovation Award, by the Business Intelligence Group.
ReSound has developed pioneering advances in connectivity functions, streaming features and a foundation in new technology for hearing aid users. It was awarded because of the development of the world’s first hearing aids that were able to directly stream sound with Bluetooth® Low Energy.
This streaming feature can be used by anyone who has Android iOS and wears hearing aids with Bluetooth®, like the ReSound LiNX Quattro™. About 75 percent of mobile users have an Android phone or device, making ReSound’s modernizations easy to use.
The Innovation Award winners are a declaration of the vision, enthusiasm and dedication of hearing aid users across the globe. ReSound is leading in this field, while making breakthroughs that improve the day-to-day lives of not just hearing aid users, but also the people who they interact with.
At Pure Sound, we offer a variety of hearing aid solutions, including ReSound’s LiNX Quattro™. Contact us if you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free hearing aid trial.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require new hearing aid fittings, repairs and re-fittings. We ask that you please wait in your car, while wearing your mask, and place your hearing aids in a clean zip lock bag. We will come to your car to get them. If you are having any issues with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.
Hearing Aids Misplaced More Frequently
For most people, we are currently living through unprecedented times. New safety measures have become the new norm. These extra precautions, including social distancing and wearing a face mask, are being practiced for the safety of your health and the health of those around you. As a result, those who wear hearing aids may now be losing their devices more frequently after putting on or removing their face mask.
Misplacing your hearing aids is just as scary as misplacing your keys or wallet. Your hearing aids are a big investment, so it’s alarming to lose something that you wear in order to function in your daily life.
If you are frequently misplacing your hearing aids, there’s a solution for you. Starkey’s Halo and Halo 2 hearing aids feature the “Find My Hearing Aids” in the TruLink Hearing Control app for your smartphone. Simply download the app onto your smartphone and this function can help you locate recently lost hearing aids. It will show a map of where they were last detected or a search signal can be used to help you recover lost devices if you believe they are nearby.
How to use the “Find My Hearing Aids” tool
In the TruLink Hearing Control app, the “Find My Hearing Aids” feature:
It’s important to mention that this will only work as long as the hearing aids’ batteries still have power, or if there is enough power in them from a recharge if you have rechargeable hearing aids. So make sure that you always carry around extra batteries, or your hearing aids have been fully charged before leaving your home.
If you, or a loved one, have lost your hearing aids and need a replacement, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings and new hearing aid fittings. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.
Phonak’s Audéo B can adapt to any situation by adjusting on its own. It features an exclusive operating system, known as AutoSense OS. This innovation senses your environment and will automatically adjust your hearing aid settings to give you an optimal listening experience.
Depending on how often you stream music or other audio, in order to hear and navigate through your daily activities, this rechargeable device features a built-in lithium-ion battery. It can provide up to 24 hours of hearing with a single charge, and gives you up to 80 minutes of wireless streaming.
Phonak’s Audéo B Accessories
This accessory wirelessly streams audio.
This device will automatically stream calls into your hearing aids.
You can use this device to turn your hearing aids into wireless headphones.
Enjoy listening to music again
If you have any degree of hearing loss, you may quickly realize that you do not enjoy listening to music the same way you did before. Phonak’s Audéo B provides excellent speech comprehension and quality in speech sounds. It’s been top rated for best quality of sound in music.
Listen effortlessly in any environment
The AutoSense OS adjusts your hearing aids in order to adapt to any surrounding. The sounds occurring around you are analyzed every 0.4 seconds in order to recognize whether you are in your home, a venue, or a car. A number of features are used to produce more than 200 individual settings in order to match your precise sound environment.
Better hearing in common settings
If you need to focus on a single voice in a busy area, the Audéo B can provide 60% more improvement in speech comprehension than those who suffer from hearing loss and do not use hearing aids.
Soft speech sounds are improved by 10% with these devices, and regular speech sounds are improved by 20%.
Compared to previous models, there is a 37% reduction in how much effort you need to put in when listening to a conversation that is happening in a car.
If you, or a loved one, believe it would be beneficial to use Phonak’s Audéo B, contact us for a free hearing test, consultation and trial.
Features of the Phonak CROS B
The Phonak CROS B is a great solution for those who have unilateral hearing loss. It allows users to follow along with conversations, no matter which direction they are coming from.
This device provides one full day of hearing with the option of being rechargeable or battery-powered.
The CROS B lets the user focus on a voice, while blocking out background noise so that you can concentrate on the conversations that matter to you and have an easier time comprehending speech.
The CROS B will stream sounds to your good ear, so that you can understand your travel partner while driving, and give you a better awareness of your surroundings.
This user-friendly device functions by simply switching it on, and allowing you to hear from both sides by using Phonak Belong™ technology. This is the newest generation chip, making it effortless to hear. The CROS B automatically identifies your listening environment and will shift to optimum setting.
The CROS B will help you feel more included during conversations, no matter where you are.
CROS B Models
This behind-the-ear (BTE) model is a rechargeable solution. For your good ear, this pairs well with the Audéo B-R hearing device.
This BTE model uses a 312 zinc-air battery. For your good ear, this pairs well with any Belong™ BTE or receiver-in-canal (RIC) model (excludes Audéo B Direct and rechargeable models).
This BTE model uses a 13 zinc-air battery. For your good ear, this pairs well with almost any type of Belong™ BTE and RIC hearing device (excludes Audéo B Direct and rechargeable models).
CROS B-312 Custom
This custom-molded hearing aid uses a 312 zinc-air battery. For your good ear, this pairs well with any Virto B hearing aid with Binaural VoiceStream Technology™.
CROS B-13 Custom
This custom-molded hearing aid uses a 13 zinc-air battery. For your good ear, this pairs well with any Virto B hearing device that has Binaural Voicestream Technology™.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from unilateral hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Rexton’s MyCore Stellar RIC 8C
The Stellar RIC 8C is a smart, rechargeable hearing aid device that can be used for at least 24 hours. It features audio streaming for hearing aids that have Bluetooth® technology and My Voice, which can improve the sound of your own voice.
Rechargeable Lithium-ion from a Smart Li-ion Power charger
The MyCore Stellar features automatic charging, which will stop when it is completely charged. It will automatically turn on when it is removed from the charger.
Streams directly to your iPhone, TV and more
The MyCore Stellar can connect directly to your iPhone, TV and any other device that is enabled with Bluetooth®.
The MyCore Stellar provides the wearer with their own voice impression. The My Voice feature can recognize your unique voice and will process it separately from other voices and sounds.
Features of MyCore
Smart Lithium-ion Power
MyCore Stellar lithium-ion powered hearing aid features an advanced charging process and a lithium-ion power cell. There is no need to change out batteries! Stellar’s Smart Li-ion charger does not have charging contacts, making them easier to charge. A four-hour charge can provide 24 hours of usage.
Learn more about accessories that are compatible with MyCore Stellar here. If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a hearing aid trial please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation.
Unitron’s Moxi hearing aids are available as a receiver-in-canal (RIC) style, and are designed to address your unique hearing needs.
Moxi All - This hearing aid device will connect directly to your smartphone - it is not exclusively for the iPhone®.
Moxi Now - This is the world’s smallest wireless RIC hearing aid. It uses a 10A battery.
Moxi Fit - This hearing aid received an award for style. It uses a 312 battery, and features a push button and telecoil.
Moxi All R - This hearing aid device is rechargeable and features direct connectivity to any smartphone.
Moxi Kiss - This hearing aid is completely automatic. It uses a 312 battery and has an award-winning style.
Moxi Dura - This reliable and durable hearing aid uses a 13 battery.
Moxi Fit R - This is a rechargeable hearing aid with an award-winning design.
Moxi Hearing Aid Features
All Moxi hearing aids allow you to stream phone calls directly into your ears, giving you a hands-free experience when talking to someone over the phone. Your voice will be received by the hearing aid and sends it to your smartphone.
The rechargeable hearing device option simply requires an overnight charge in order to function throughout your entire day.
This easy-to-use accessory can be wirelessly linked to your TV, allowing you to enjoy high-quality sounds during your favorite shows and movies.
Learn more and get a free trial of Unitron’s Moxi hearing aids, by contacting us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation.
Experience Love at First Sound
Phonak’s Audéo™ Marvel hearing aids provide a “love at first sound” experience. It has the latest in hearing aid technology, which links up to your smartphone, TV and most of your other electronic devices.
Audéo™ Marvel Features:
Enhance your Audéo™ Marvel hearing aids with Roger Select™ microphones
This is an optional solution that helps provide improvement in comprehending speech while in a noisy environment or if there is a distance between you and the sound source.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in learning more about Phonak’s Audéo™ Marvel, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Product of the Week: ReSound LiNX Quattro™, Chosen as the Number One Hearing Aid by over 700 Hearing Care Professionals
The ReSound LiNX Quattro™ has been chosen as the number one hearing aid device by over 700 hearing care professionals. It meets the user’s satisfaction for quality in sound and speech in noise. In an independent study, the LiNX Quattro™ has also been at the top ranking for speech in noise and music streaming through and iPhone, in comparison to other hearing aids.
ReSound LiNX Quattro™ is now the first hearing aid in the world to directly stream audio from Android smartphones utilizing Bluetooth Low Energy. This provides easy streaming for an entire day. This is the first time that hearing aid wearers will be able to save the battery life while streaming music, phone calls, or TV from their Android device to the ReSound LiNX Quattro™ .
ReSound has also created the world’s first Completely-in-Canal (CIC) 2.4 GHz wireless hearing device that features direct streaming to iOS and Android devices. These customized CIC hearing aids features the ability to hear layers of sound, it has excellent speech intelligibility in noisy environments and great connectivity.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free trial of the ReSound LiNX Quattro™ hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Our patient care coordinator, Martha, is sorting through a delivery of rechargeable Signia hearing aids that just arrived in our Lititz office today!
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for your hearing aid needs. We offer a variety of high quality brands at discount prices!
The AQ sound SHD (RIC) and AQ jam SHD RS (BTE) are rechargeable hearing aid devices that offer unlimited hearing capabilities with the best quality of sound. It provides coherent recognition of speech and a remarkable spatial experience with hearing.
The impressive lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable, and offer 24 hours of usage when they are fully charged. This includes 80 minutes of streaming wirelessly.
AQ SHD Features:
Accessories for HANSATON AQ SHD
Each HANSATON charging system is energy-efficient and fully automatic. These solutions assure hearing aid wearers will always have connections to a reliable system.
If you, or a loved one, are interested in any of the rechargeable HANSATON hearing aid devices, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation!
Batteries that are Disposable
Up until recently, all hearing aid batteries were only available in a disposable form. There are currently several hearing aids that can be recharged.
Disposable (zinc-air) batteries come in four sizes and are color-coded. The batteries are activated when they come in contact with air, after the colored tab is detached. This will then permit oxygen to enter the battery. You should wait to remove and toss out the tab until you are going to place the battery in your hearing aid to use. For a longer battery life, take the tab off and let the battery sit for a minute before inserting it into your hearing aid.
When a battery loses its power, you have to replace it. You should always keep extra batteries with you.
The average disposable hearing aid battery lasts 5-7 days, depending on the battery size, how often the hearing aid wearer uses the device, how complicated the listening environments are, how long they stream music or television into their hearing aids, etc.
Disposable hearing aid batteries do not need a charger, making them easy to travel with. You only need your hearing aids and your batteries.
Batteries that are Rechargeable
Rechargeable batteries are available for nearly all styles of hearing aids - BTEs (Behind-The-Ear) and RICs (Receiver-In-Canal).
Batteries do not Need to be Changed
Rechargeable hearing aids are convenient. It eliminates the need to change out batteries, which can be tiresome and challenging for anyone with dexterity issues.
Wearers do not need to regularly buy hearing aid batteries, following the initial cost of the hearing device.
Hearing aids can be charged once a day, and be used for almost the entire day.
Charging is Easy
Simply place the hearing aids into your charger while you’re sleeping. It is recommended to charge them overnight.
For over three years, two hearing aids can use at least 300 disposable batteries. Only two rechargeable hearing aid batteries would be used for each device, and they would provide the same exact power.
If you are interested in rechargeable hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids, and make an appointment to discuss which systems are available for your hearing needs. We also offer disposable batteries at each of our offices.
Fitting hearing aids has become easier with Unitron's Max. It features three new Super Power presets, which gives it better performance. This means less fine-tuning and more ease to the adjustment during the first fitting. You can personalize it with FLEX™ and you have the option of using a standard batter or a rechargeable battery.
Unitron’s Max SP - uses a Super Power 13 battery, with a BTE hearing aid design.
Unitron’s Max SP R - is a rechargeable hearing aid device for those who suffer from severe to profound hearing loss.
Unitron’s Max UP - is an Ultra Power BTE with a 675 battery designed to last.
Unitron Max Features
Remote Plus app
Hearing aid users who wear the Moxi All hearing devices can use the Remote Plus app to share recent impressions of the way their hearing aids perform. The app allows users to switch programs, control the volume, and adjust the balance of their hearing aids from their smartphone.
The TV Connector feature can automatically change Moxi All hearing instruments to the TV program and allows the user to be free from wearing a streamer. They can instantly, and wirelessly, enjoy high-quality stereo sound, through their hearing aid at a comfortable volume. This can be used with laptops, stereos, and tablets.
uControl 2.0 app
In order to extend the hearing experience, patients can use their smartphones to adjust your hearing aids and share in-the-moment feedback on performance.
Easily switch any Moxi All, Moxi Fit or Stride M into a rechargeable solution.
This kit can be used to swap in zinc-air batteries any time for a continuous stream of listening.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in Unitron's Max, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation.
Signia’s Cellion™ hearing aid is an innovative device that features lithium-ion inductive rechargeability.
This lithium-ion battery powered hearing device allows wearers to use it for a stream that lasts 24-hours from one single charge. An additional 30-minute charge will keep the hearing aid working for an additional seven hours! There is no need to worry about your hearing aid batteries suddenly running out of power. The wireless charging gives you complete convenience.
After removing the hearing aids from the charger, they will be automatically activated.
Having a conversation with others in these noisy atmospheres is difficult for people with any range of hearing abilities. Cellion™ helps wearers hear in any situation, whether you are working in an office or eating in a crowded restaurant.
The SpeechMaster element will regularly observe what you are listening to. It will immediately focus on who you are speaking to, and reduces undesired voices and background noises. This will make listening less stressful in any environment.
Streaming Audio with easyTek™
You can use your hearing aids as a stereo headset. There is a multi-function button, known as easyTek™, which can be used to stream phone calls, change your listening programs, or effortlessly switch audio sources for your music, TV, volume control, etc. with the touch of a button. Easy-to-read LED lights alert you with crucial information, like when you should recharge the battery.
Accessories that go with easyTek™
This TV Transmitter connects your TV without the use of Bluetooth to the easyTek™. Instead, you can wirelessly stream sound directly into your hearing aids to enjoy your favorite TV show or movie.
Companion Microphone: VoiceLink™
VoiceLink™ allows a wireless connection to easyTek™. When a speaker has the microphone, their voice will directly stream into the hearing aid device. This is very useful at business meetings or during class lectures.
An App for easyTek™
The easyTek™ App allows easyTek™ to have better performance with discretion. This app will show you the status of your hearing aids on your smartphone, stream sounds from audio sources, or use it as a remote control.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in the Signia’s Cellion™ , please schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids! We offer Cellion™, along with a variety of other hearing aids for a wide range of hearing loss.