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Hearing Aids & Hearing Products in Sidney & Victoria, BC

Hearing aids are the most common solution for people who have a hearing loss. For anyone that has mild to severe hearing issues, hearing aids can help you take back your life so you don’t feel isolated anymore.

There is a good reason why it is the most common remedy. They provide the most help to people who are still working, who want to live an active and social lifestyle, or who simply want to be able to hear the birds or music like normal again.

Choosing the right hearing aid, however, can be a stressful process. There are many different brands, models, styles, and levels of technology to choose from. The last thing you want is to buy one or a pair only to find out that they don’t work right for you.

That’s why we’ve written this beginners guide to choosing hearing aids, so you can make an informed decision.

TYPES OF HEARING AIDS

Hearing aids come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as having different types of functionality. Here is a quick breakdown for these different hearing aid types:

Hearing Aid Styles

There are multiple styles of hearing aids to choose from, and each style is designed to help people with different levels of hearing loss. In general, there are six hearing aid styles that you can choose from. They range from larger units that sit fully behind the ear to smaller units that are completely inside your ear canal. The other styles are variations between the two.

If you want to learn more about each of the six hearing aid styles, you can find out in our complete guide to hearing aid styles.

Hearing Aid Technology

You can also group hearing aids into different types according to the technology they feature, including the following:

Bluetooth hearing aids

Connect and stream sound from devices like your smartphone, TV, or music device straight to your hearing aids so you can hear them more clearly. Most new hearing aids, for example, are made to directly send sound from your iPhone™, iPad™, iPod Touch™, or Apple Watch™.

Rechargeable hearing aids

Place your hearing aids into a special station to recharge the batteries rather than having to fiddle with replacement batteries. This type of hearing aids are especially helpful for people who have issues with fine motor control and would need assistance to replace batteries.

Digital hearing aids

Receive digitized sound that is then amplified and sent to your ears. This helps sort out the background noise around you so you can hear the conversation, music, or TV program you want to hear. Almost all hearing aids are now digital.

If you are interested in the different levels of technology available, you can contact us at any time to book a free product discussion appointment.

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Finally, there are several different features and levels of technological functionality that you can choose from.

  • Noise Reduction
  • All hearing aids now will contain some level of background noise reduction, thanks to the rise of digital hearing aids. You can choose different levels of noise reduction depending on the specific model. Also referred to as environmental noise control.

  • Directional microphones
  • Some hearing aids will come with microphones capable of focusing on picking up sound from a single direction, such as in front of you. It helps receive better and clearer sound in noisy environments, such as restaurants.

  • Direct audio input
  • For hearing aids that are not Bluetooth compatible, or for sound systems that do not have Bluetooth connectivity, you plug into a special device to receive direct audio from a TV, computer, phone, or music device.

  • Synchronization
  • A feature for people who have two hearing aids, these can be programmed to synchronize settings and adjustments to be made to both of them at once. It helps you avoid having to match settings, volume, and tuning for each individually so they always work optimally together.

  • Natural voice recognition
  • A newer feature of more advanced hearing aids is the ability to make voices sound more natural and clear, especially your own.

  • Synchronization
  • A feature for people who have two hearing aids, these can be programmed to synchronize settings and adjustments to be made to both of them at once. It helps you avoid having to match settings, volume, and tuning for each individually so they always work optimally together.

  • Variable programming
  • Many new hearing aids will come with the option to program distinct settings for different environments, such as in crowds vs at home. You can then quickly and easily switch between these pre-set programs as you go rather than fine tuning the settings every time.

  • Machine learning
  • One of the newest and most advanced features in hearing aids is similar to variable programming. However, the difference with machine learning is that it is able to learn your preferences and settings and automatically adjust to your environment by itself. It saves you the hassle of having to adjust them yourself, so you don’t even have to touch them or a remote.

 

HEARING AID BRANDS

There are different brands and manufacturers of hearing aids that you can choose from. Each of them will offer hearing aids in the same styles and levels of technology mentioned above, but with their own quality and hearing aid models as well as different accessories available.

We are able to prescribe and sell hearing aids from any of the major manufacturers in Canada, including Widex, Signia, Phonak hearing aids and more. However, in general we prefer the following two brands:

Widex Hearing Aids

Widex is a manufacturer whose focus is to innovate the technology in hearing aids to fit people’s lifestyles. The Widex Evoke is their latest model and the most technologically advanced, being the first hearing aid to ever use machine learning.

Want to know more about Widex hearing aids? The Evoke is one of the hearing aid models we currently offer in our Free One Week Test Drive. Book your appointment today to try them out for free!

Signia Hearing Aids

Signia is the current name for the hearing aid brand Siemens. As a hearing aid brand, they are also known for their advanced technology and useful features. They focus a lot on rechargeable hearing aids and systems, offering the fastest charging, longest charges, and most intuitive recharging systems around.

They are great for people who travel or who have an active lifestyle and don’t want to have to interrupt their activities to replace batteries or recharge their hearing aids. The Signia Xperience is the brand new hearing aid model that just came out in Canada in November 2019. Let us know if you want to be one of the first people to try the Signia Xperience!

Cost of Hearing Aids

We at McNeill Audiology know that the primary concern for people when it comes to hearing aids is the cost. The cost of hearing aids can vary wildly, depending on what style, technology, features, brand and model you choose. The difference between the cheapest and most expensive hearing aids is thousands of dollars.

That’s why we do everything we can to make them easier for our clients to afford, including the following:

  • Specials & discounts — ask us what our current specials and promotions are to see where you can save more.
  • Free hearing aid test drive — try before you buy so you know you’re buying hearing aids that actually work for you.
  • Payment plans — split the cost of the hearing aids into smaller, easier to manage monthly payments, including our 0% interest plan!
  • 60 day return policy — return your hearing aids for a full refund within 60 days of purchase so you have extra peace of mind you aren’t wasting your money.

Let us know if you have any questions about hearing aid prices or our programs mentioned above. Our staff are standing by and ready to help answer any of your questions about hearing aids to help you find the right solution for your needs and your budget.

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1463 Hampshire Rd.

Victoria, BC V8S 4T5

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(250)-370-2833

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Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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5 - 9843 Second St.

Sidney, BC V8L 3C7

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(250)-656-2218

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