Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Instant Fit Hearing Aids - the New Sound of Hearing Aids by Kelly Calkins

The hearing aid industry is constantly trying to come up with new ways to make hearing aids more appealing, more comfortable, and easier to fit. Several years ago Open Fit hearing instruments were introduced and began a move towards discreet behind the ear hearing aids. These can be fit without having to make custom ear pieces, resulting in less time in the professionals office.

The next step was to make hearing aids smaller and more technologically advanced. Today's Open Ear hearing instruments, such as Resound Dot, Sonic Innovations Touch, and Phonak Audeo Smart are smaller in length than a paper clip. Some of them can use Bluetooth technology to become a hearing system that connects you to your phone, TV, iPods, and any other Bluetooth enabled device. Many of the new hearing devices can communicate with each other and self adjust based on the listening environment.

Unitron Hearing, Minneapolis, MN., has just introduced a new completely in the ear hearing aid that is instant fit. Named Fuse, this new device promises to provide yet another product geared towards today's busy lifestyle. Fuse hearing aids combine the benefits of the Open Ear and CIC styles. The hearing instruments have a unique shell design that actual moves with your ear canal, making it less likely to come out of your ear or whistle. Instead of a custom fit, Fuse uses different sized ear buds to secure the aid in your ear. Another unique feature is the use of double vents to create a more open fit, so you won't feel plugged up. The hearing device is smaller than typical CIC hearing instruments, so it is very discrete to wear. There are 3 different levels of technology available in the Fuse as well, so you will be able to find one that fits your lifestyle and budget. You may also purchase a remote control for your new Fuse hearing aids, which allows you to change volume and settings easily.

Often, custom in the ear hearing instruments need to be remade because they are too tight or loose. Because these hearing aids do not require a custom fit mold, they will cut down on the wait time to receive them and the amount time it takes to fit them. Instant fit hearing devices usually require less follow-up care for the patient, which means you will spend less time in the dealer's office. The less time you have spend at your dealer, the happier you will you be with your new hearing aids.