The start of a new year is a good time to highlight some of the best new hearing aid products that were introduced last year. Now might be the time to see what’s available for “stepping up” your hearing experience.
Towards the end of 2017 Phonak brought to market their new Audéo B-Direct. This Bluetooth-equipped hearing aid features the propriety Sonova Wireless One Radio Digital (SWORD) computer chip. It’s one of the most powerful processers built into a hearing aid.
With SWORD, you can connect directly — with no additional streaming device required — to almost every cellphone, smartphone, and computer on the market, including older models using classic Bluetooth protocol. In addition, with the Phonak TV Connector, you can plug and play your hearing aid with TV or stereo systems. If connectivity is something important to you, then the Audéo B-Direct may be worth considering.
From Signia comes their new Nx line, featuring their OVP™ (Own Voice Processing) that uses the latest in digital technology to create the most natural sound of your own voice that a hearing aid can offer. A separate and independent computer processer is dedicated to dealing with the hearing aid user’s own voice, while the Sound Clarity processer excels at providing a normal sound experience in all locations by handling the sounds other than the user’s voice.
The Nx line also features long-lasting batteries due to their excellent energy efficiency, the myControl App for remote control, and the myHearing App that includes product support and the ability to create a direct virtual connection with your hearing care provider.