Starkey Livio AI Hearing Aids

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Starkey’s Newest Hearing aid - Livio AI

Starkey has released new hearing aid that is reportedly the world’s first hearing aids that utilize integrated sensors and artificial intelligence to track physical activity and cognitive health. It has the following features :

Monitoring body and brain health with Thrive control app

Body

  • Tracks daily steps

  • Monitor heart rate and heart recovery rate

  • Monitors vigorous activity

Brain

  • Tracks the wearing time of the hearing aids everyday.

  • Measures time spent in conversation and audio streaming

  • Monitors hearing aid usage in a variety of environments such as home, restaurant, outdoors or listening to music.

Language Translation

With Livio AI hearing aids, you can more easily communicate with people who speak other languages ( 27 different languages) via the translation tool in the Thrive App

Here’s how the translation tool works

Select your language and that of the other speaker to engage in a conversation.

When you speak into your iPhone®, the Thrive Hearing app will translate your speech and display it on the screen in the other person’s language. Show them the screen so they can see what you’re saying.

When the other person speaks into your phone, the app will translate their speech, display it in your language on the phone, and also stream the translated text to your hearing aids in your language.

Transcribe

Conversations are captured on your smartphone so you can read, save and send what’s being said.

Fall Notification

Using their built-in 3D sensors, Livio AI hearing aids can detect when a wearer falls, and send alert messages to selected friends or family members. Now, in addition to wearers enjoying our best sounding hearing aid ever, they and their loved ones can enjoy increased peace of mind, too.

Plus, unlike other fall-detection devices, which hang around the neck or are worn on the wrist, Livio AI benefits from the anatomy and physiology of the human body. During typical, daily activities and instances of falls, muscles in the neck work with the balance system of the inner ear to protect and stabilize the head. Since hearing aids are worn on the head, they are naturally less prone to mistake daily activities for falls than the devices worn on other parts of the body.

Unitorn Discover platform

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Discover is Unitron’s newest platform. It is available in all different style of hearing aids including rechargeable and Bluetooth hearing aids

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SoundNav

When sounds enter the hearing instruments, SoundNav intelligently classifies them into 7 key listening environments: quiet, conversation in quiet, conversation in a small group, conversation in a crowd, conversation in noise, noise, and music.

Because the places clients work and play are often complex, SoundNav dynamically combines these environments to create thousands of possible combinations – allowing the hearing instruments to seamlessly adjust as the soundscape changes.

MediaNav classifies the signal as music or speech and adjusts the sound accordingly.

With the precise and accurate classification provided by SoundNav, sound core can apply best program suited for each situation , ensuring best sound quality in every time .

Sound Conductor

It uses information about the environment to balance unwanted and distracting background noise, providing excellent quality and comfort and making speech clearer and easier to follow. It uses 3 different steps to achieve this;

  • Speech enhancement increases the volume of voices, making it easier to hear people talking.

  • Noise reduction dials down distracting background noise to make listening more comfortable.

  • Directionality  helps separate noise from speech and also allow hearing instrument wearers know where sounds are coming from.

speech pro

Conversations can be hard to follow in noisy environments.  SpeechPro, reduces listening effort and improves speech perception , allowing you to converse with confidence even in challenging listing environments.

It starts with Speech Locator, which uses the microphones in both hearing aids to determine where speech is coming from. Then, Speech Focus directs the focal area towards the speech and dynamically adapts to its source.

With speech pro, we are able to separate speech from noise without negatively impacting binaural cues, giving fantastic speech understanding in noisy situations.

Signia Styletto Connect

Signia’s new Receiver- In the- Canal (RIC) type hearing aid - Styletto Connect is a slim, sophisticated and stylish hearing aid that provide Bluetooth connectivity and charge on the go.

It is equipped with renowned Signia Nx technology , which provide ultimate hearing clarity and Own Voice Processing (OVP) for highest wearer acceptance.

Convenience meets style

Styletto Connect is rechargeable using Lithium ion battery technology. The hearing aids come with a portable charging case, so you will not have to worry about batteries running out.

A full charge takes 3 hours and gives you up to 19 hours of use. Also the Styletto charging case holds 3 full cycles of charge .

It is small and light in weight, which allows you to fit in your pocket to carry with you all day. This means the charger is free from plugs or cables – perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway or an important business trip.


Bluetooth connectivity

Full connection to mobile phones via Bluetooth is available for streaming phone calls and music from your mobile phones.

Discreet remote-control options via the myControl App™ make it easy to adjust to any situation.

Styletto Connect is available in the performance levels 7, 5 and 3.

Available in three contemporary colour combinations: Black / Silver, Cosmic Blue / Rose Gold, and Snow White / Rose Gold.

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Oticon OPN S

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Oticon Opn S is the newest addition to Oticon hearing aid family.

It is claimed to be the first hearing aid proven to make it easier on the brain, allowing the users to enjoy 30% better speech understanding, reduce listening effort by 20% , remember 20% more of the conversation.

 

 Hearing loss and hearing aids

We hear not only with our ears but also with our brain. The hearing process starts when the ears pick up sounds. But most of the processing work of the sound takes place in our brain. The brain performs 4 cognitive functions to turn sounds into meaning: orient, separate, focus and recognise.

Hearing loss, disrupts the normal relationship between ears and brain, making the 4 cognitive functions more difficult. This is often presented as a difficulty to follow conversation in noisy situation. In situations such as at the dinner table, where the sound is coming from different directions it becomes increasingly difficult. Traditional hearing aids normally focus on a main speech in front while suppressing all other sounds. Yet background sounds often include important speech details, and when not passed onto the brain, conversations are difficult to follow conversations.

Oticon Opn Tm running on Velox platform, employs an “Open sound” approach to manage multiple speech and noise sources. The OpenSound Navigator TM scans the environment 100 times per second to distinguish between speech and background noise.  While opening to 360-degree sound field to allow the wear to  orient  the sound source, it continually  separates  speech and noise, then acts at least 100 times per second to removed excessive noise – even between the words. In this way, the wearer can  focus  on conversation more easily and hence easier  recognition  of speech.  Furthermore ,Oticon reports that the Velox platform has the speed needed to manage multiple sound sources, analysing and processing sound 50 times faster than before.

Oticon Opn Tm running on Velox platform, employs an “Open sound” approach to manage multiple speech and noise sources. The OpenSound Navigator TM scans the environment 100 times per second to distinguish between speech and background noise.

While opening to 360-degree sound field to allow the wear to orient the sound source, it continually separates speech and noise, then acts at least 100 times per second to removed excessive noise – even between the words. In this way, the wearer can focus on conversation more easily and hence easier recognition of speech.

Furthermore ,Oticon reports that the Velox platform has the speed needed to manage multiple sound sources, analysing and processing sound 50 times faster than before.

Made for iPhone   Oticon Opn Tm miniRITE is the first Oticon hearing aid to have direct iPhone connectivity. This means hearing aid doubles as a pair of wireless headphones, allowing the wear to stream music and make calls without the need for an intermediary device.   Oticon ON App   Oticon ON App makes it easier for hearing aid wears to have additional control with just a touch of their fingertips. iPhone or the Android smart phone connect directly to the hearing aid via Bluetooth. The app allows the hearing aid wearer to adjust volume levels, switch between programs and more. The app also offers a “find my hearing aid” search feature, counselling device, links to user instructions and low battery notification.

Made for iPhone

Oticon Opn Tm miniRITE is the first Oticon hearing aid to have direct iPhone connectivity. This means hearing aid doubles as a pair of wireless headphones, allowing the wear to stream music and make calls without the need for an intermediary device.

Oticon ON App

Oticon ON App makes it easier for hearing aid wears to have additional control with just a touch of their fingertips. iPhone or the Android smart phone connect directly to the hearing aid via Bluetooth. The app allows the hearing aid wearer to adjust volume levels, switch between programs and more. The app also offers a “find my hearing aid” search feature, counselling device, links to user instructions and low battery notification.

Invisible Hearing aids

Most people feel insecure about wearing hearing aids because they don’t want others to know about their hearing problems.

Invisible hearing aids are called “Invisible-In- Canal” (IIC) hearing aids.

Focus Hearing offer different hearing aid brands with a range of technology level to suit everyone's need and budget.

Is IIC Hearing Aids right for me?

IIC hearing aids are not suitable for you ;

- If you are prone to outer ear infections, skin conditions or excessive ear wax production.

-The size and shape of your ear canal may prevent candidacy

- If you have dexterity issues

- Depends on the degree of your hearing loss (IIC doesn't have much power as other styles of hearing aids.)

Not all hearing aid styles work for all hearing losses. It is essential you come in for a consult with our Audiologists.

Benefits of IIC

-Small size and discreteness

- Hearing aid microphone is situated located deep in the ear canal, preserving the natural resonance of the ear canal

- Allows natural sound localization using the abilities of the pinna

-The position of the hearing aids in the ear canal allows the wear of headphones and phones to be held again the ear easily.

Starkey SoundLens Synergy iQ

  • Invisible fit (requires ear impressions for custom made hearing aids with exact fit)

  • Provides wireless streaming to TV, music and other media though Surflink accessories

  • Ultimate sound comfort in loud sounds while providing clarity for soft sounds.

  • Optimum music sounds

  • Advanced Multiflex Tinnitus Technology provides background music to relieve the ringing in the ears.

Oticon Opn IIC

  • First IIC hearing aid to use OpenSound Navigator, which scans and analyses the sound environment 360 °, 100 times per second

  • Smallest hearing aid ever produced by Oticon

  • Requires ear impressions for custom made hearing aids with exact fit

  • Available in 5 levels of technology

Signia Silk Nx

  • Ready-to-wear, instant fit solution, no ear impressions required

  • World’s first, OneMic Directionality feature

  • Compatible with TouchControl app

  • Available in 3 levels of technology

Phonak Virto B Titanium

  • Constructed using medical grade titanium. Requires ear impressions for custom made hearing aids with exact fit.

  • Utilises Phonak’s AutoSense operating system

  • Available in 2 levels of technology

Unitron Moxi All

New Unitron Moxi All

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Connectivity and Streaming

Moxi All Hearing aids connect directly to all smart phones through Bluetooth c connection- not just iPhones.  This means you can hear phone calls and music directly through your hearing aids without any additional accessories.

Rechargeable

Hearing aids can be fully charged in less than 7 hours, and provide average of 16 hours of use including 2 hours of phone calls and 5 hours of TV

Remote Plus app

This app gives hearing aid wearers more control with adjusting the programs, volume and balance of their hearing ads, from smartphone ( iPhone and Android)


Signia Nx

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Signia Nx
Charge & Go

Signia NX available with Rechargeable Battery.

Simply charge the hearing aid while you sleep and do away with the hassle of changing batteries again.

It takes 3 hours to fully charge hearing aids, which provides up to 19 hours of use.

Own Voice Processing ( OVP)

The Signa Nx hearing aids with OVP  has proven to improved spontaneous acceptance of own voice by 75% of dissatisfied hearing aid wearers *.

* 2017 “First Fit Study” conducted at Hörzentrum Oldenburg examining the effect of own voice processing on spontaneous acceptance after first fit of hearing aids

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The sound of own voice is the most common issues for new hearing aid wearers.    For most hearing aid wearers, the more their hearing aid processed voice differs from their own perception of their own voice, the less comfortable and accepting the experience will be.

To achieve clear speech understanding, hearing aids need to provide appropriate volume and audibility. However, the sufficient amplification often leads to reduced acceptance of own voice. In an attempt to solve the problem, the audiologist reduces the amplification to ensure own voice sounds more natural. This, of course, reduces the audibility of speech.

The Signia NX hearing aids uses OVP which detects hearing aid wearer’s own voice and process separately from external sounds. This means when the wearer is speaking, the hearing aid detects and apply dedicated setting different from when only external sounds are present, providing comfortable own voice and best audibility of external speech.

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Direct Streaming Connectivity

Signia Nx uses 2.4 GHz Bluetooth to connect to your iPhone so you can listen to phone calls and music directly through the hearing aids without any additional accessories.

In addition, streaming is available for Android Smartphones and TV via the StreamLine Mic and Stream Line TV

Signia  Nx hearing aids can be controlled  by the wearer using my Control app ( available for iPhone and Android )

Phonak makes a direct call on smart phones

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Phonak has closed the loop for smart-phone users with the latest addition to its Audeo hearing aid range - the Audeo B-Direct.

While iPhone users have been able connect their “mfi“ (made for iPhone)” hearing aids to their smart phones, Android phone users haven’t been so lucky - until now.

Phonak says its new Audeo B-Direct is “made for all” (mfa) and provides true hands-free calling for both major types of smart cellphone.

Mfi hearing aids captured the spotlight because they let iPhone users stream phone calls and music directly to their hearing aids without any extra Bluetooth accessories - but those same benefits were not available for Android phone users, despite those phones having a huge share of the mobile market.

Phonak says the Audeo B-Direct has changed this because it can stream phone calls from any Bluetooth phone, meaning Android users can now also experience the benefits of phone-call streaming.

Phonak says Audeo B-Direct users can also answer, reject and end calls by pushing the button on the hearing aid, and the hearing aid also picks up the user’s voice using the device’s onboard microphone. Having this feature will let users pick up a call even when the phone is not nearby.

However, there are limitations: it’s not able to stream music yet and it’s not yet stereo.

Summarising its benefits:

  • Audeo B-Direct is mfa (made for all) – offering universal connectivity, enabling phone-call streaming from any Bluetooth phone
  • It picks up the user’s voice using the hearing device’s onboard microphone
  • Users can reject or end a call using a button on the hearing aid.

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Widex Beyond - made for iPhone

Beyond the ordinary

Widex have taken their hearing instruments to beyond the ordinary by providing connectivity to iPhones.

Wearers can now hear phone conversations through their hearing aids, can hear music from their iPhones through the devices and can use their iPhones to control their hearing aids.

The new range of instruments is called the Widex Beyond and the new feature is called Made for iPhone (MFi). Many of the features in the special app can also be used with android phones.

The Widex Beyond personalised app allows wearers to use intuitive commands on their phone’s screen to adjust the volume on each hearing aid individually, choose speech and comfort settings, and set microphone directionality.

Wearers can also use the app for troubleshooting and can even use their iPhone to find their hearing aids if they are lost.

Widex says its Beyond devices also offer better power consumption than other MFi-streaming hearing aids, which is a huge plus because with some MFi-linked devices, batteries may be reduced - depending on use.

The Widex Beyond hearing instruments have an innovative integrated signal processing chip-set design with full independent channel separation, minimal-delay filters, and four A/D converters, meaning clear sound for users.

Other features include

·       Wide dynamic range so the wearer to optimise sound based on their environment

·       Wind-noise reduction, which gives up to 30% better speech understanding in windy conditions, and

·       Allowing firmware updates so the device can be updated via the phone, without needing to visit an audiologist

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Possibly the smallest IIC in the market - Phonak Virto B-titanium

Phonak Virto B-Titanium

Big gains from the mighty miniature

Phonak’s tiny new hearing instrument offers big advantages and opens the door to people who haven’t been able to wear in-the-canal devices.

The key to the Phonak Virto B-Titanium - possibly the smallest IIC on the market - is that its shell is made from titanium, renowned for its strength and durability.

This means the device can be made smaller, giving hope to people whose small ear canals have meant this style of aid has not been an option, while the greater strength also allows more venting to reduce the occlusion effect - your voice echoing when you speak.

On top of that the aid has a more powerful receiver meaning these devices will cater to people with a greater hearing loss.

That’s exciting news for hearing-aid users.

Phonak says the shell now can be as thin as 0.2mm, which is 50% thinner than existing acrylic shells and is more crack-resistant.

On top of this the electronic components are 60% smaller than in existing models resulting in a hearing aid that’s 26% smaller, while the fit rate has jumped a massive 64%.

In summary, it’s discreteness meets versatility and power

•         26% size reduction resulting in a 64% increase in fit rate

•         Bigger venting for better management of occlusion

•         A more powerful receiver to cater for greater hearing loss

If you haven’t been able to wear an in-the-canal hearing aid before, NOW is the time to try again and enjoy listening to the things you always loved.

Contact us to arrange obligation-free trial of up to 6 weeks.

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