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Which Hearing Aids are Best?

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Did you know that 10% of Canadians live with hearing loss, but that only one in six of them are treating their impairment with hearing aids?

At Soundwave Hearing Care (we have hearing clinics in Calgary Grande Prairie, High River and Lethbridge), we understand that shopping for hearing aids can be overwhelming. After all, there are many kinds of hearing aids on the market, with each type designed to provide unique benefits, support different lifestyles and accommodate varying degrees of hearing loss.

To learn which hearing solution is best for you, check out the following brief guide and then consider scheduling an appointment with an audiologist at our hearing clinic in Calgary (or whichever one of our locations is closest to you).

What is the best new technology in hearing aids?

Every year, hearing aid technology continues to improve, resulting in sleek, modern devices with cutting-edge function and capabilities. Indeed, hearing aids are smaller and more discreet than ever before like the Completely-in-Canal (CIC) and Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) models, which stay hidden in the ear canal while delivering high-quality audio and minimal feedback.

Furthermore, many hearing aids are being designed with integrated smart technology, such as the ReSound LiNX 3D Quattro, the Starkey Livio, and the Phonak Marvel. With specialized apps for Apple and Android devices, these contemporary models can connect to your cellphone or television, offering you easy-to-use, personalized controls. Other available features include hands-free calls, health and wellness tracking, and differentiating between speech and music.

Modern assistive listening devices, like frequency-modulated (FM) systems and wireless media streaming, also offer increased benefits to patients in busy, noisy environments when used with or without hearing aids.

Which brand of hearing aid is best?

When it comes to hearing aids, there is no “best” brand, as every patient has individual needs. That being said, Soundwave Hearing Care carries many high-quality brands at our Calgary hearing loss clinic, including ReSound, Starkey, and Phonak, which are highly rated by patients and audiologists alike.

What is the most powerful hearing aid on the market?

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) and Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are two powerful types of devices, acclaimed for treating profound hearing loss in adults and children. Easy to use and equipped with long-lasting batteries, this popular model provides an incredible range of low to high frequency amplification, and fits snugly to reduce feedback levels.

In-the-Canal (ITC) and In-the-Ear (ITE) models can also be good options for treating severe hearing impairment.

What percentage of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids?

Almost everyone with hearing loss can benefit from using hearing aids. Indeed, Better Hearing Institute found that 95% of American patients who experienced hearing impairment and opted for hearing aids, were able to hear with greater clarity.

If you suffer from hearing loss, contact the audiologists at one of our Soundwave Hearing Care clinics to begin experiencing the world to its fullest. With locations in Calgary, Grande Prairie, High River and Lethbridge, we offer personalized hearing aid fittings and audiology treatments to match your lifestyle and needs. Call or email us today to book your hearing test!

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.