The first question people ask a hearing professional is: “Do I need a hearing aid?”
We specialize in understanding your concerns about hearing loss and wearing a hearing device. These tiny but powerful prosthetics are one of the most prescribed and used medical devices in the world. Our experience is that the vast majority of wearers quickly become comfortable with hearing aids.
Every few years, technology leaps ahead in the world of miniature electronics. Look at the size and power of a personal computer today versus a decade ago. Hearing aids have developed in the same vein. They are tiny but powerful computers. Some fit entirely in the ear canal; others are larger and more powerful. Some of today’s devices even self-charge.
Nu-Life Hearing Centre offers many brands and styles of hearing devices. We can fit one to match your needs.
We honour full manufacturer warranty on all of our hearing instruments and offer an exclusive service plan to all our clients to ensure proper performance and maintenance of your instruments.
Styles of Hearing Aids
- In the ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are robust and offer many features. The ITE is an electric amplifier in an earmold that fits the outer ear. These are suitable for individuals with mild-to-moderately severe hearing loss.
- Invisible in canal (IIC): IIC hearing devices are the smallest and lightest available. They are recommended for mild hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC): ITC aids are slightly larger than IIC but remain small and powerful, and nearly invisible. They are recommended for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
- Full-shell ITE: A full shell is an earmold worn in the outer ear. The electronics and battery are inserted into the shell and custom fit to the patient. These are recommended for individuals with mild-to-moderately-severe hearing loss.
- Behind the ear (BTE): Sometimes it is necessary to put the electronics and battery in a compartment that sits behind the ear. In this device, a tube runs to the amplifier in the ear canal. The controls and battery are easier to use than smaller devices and can be worn by people with mild-to-profound hearing loss.
- Receiver in the ear (RITE): RITE hearing aids offer a smaller behind the ear electronics package because the sound receiver is in the ear canal. These devices are recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.
For generations, hearing protection was mostly ignored in loud venues. As it became more evident that loud and percussive noise was a significant factor in hearing loss, protection for the ears became more popular, then mandatory, for workers in loud industries, the military and music arenas.
We offer a comprehensive line of hearing protection for these activities. Earplugs and earphones designed to limit most or all sound are available in standard and custom fits.
Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries remain rock solid for extended use even with extra features like Bluetooth being active. Nu-Life Hearing Centre covers battery information during the fitting. Brand, type and maintenance are all discussed with the patient.
Hearing Aid Products and Accessories by Manufacturer
Nu-Life Hearing Centre offers a wide array of hearing products. Here are the manufacturers and a few of their products we recommend:
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Hearing aids have evolved into mini-computers. One of the features available in many brands is Bluetooth connectivity. These hearing aids can be adjusted directly from a smartphone and answer calls, as well. Bluetooth hearing aids are not appropriate for every level of hearing loss. Come in for a hearing test and evaluation to find out if this feature is right for you.
Cell phone accessories
Hearing aid accessories work with cell phones to amplify the sound and signal. The use of these products depends on the cell phone you own and the manufacturer of the hearing aid. Check with us today to see the variety of cell phone assisted products available for your needs.
Oticon offers a hearing device for every type of hearing loss. The Opn S device offers speech recognition as clear as normal hearing in noisy environments. Oticon offers ITE styles and reduced sizes in the most powerful hearing aids that sit behind the ear. The company also provides tinnitus SoundSupport, a sound producer that helps overcome tinnitus for some patients.
This company offers a wide variety of hearing aids from the smallest to the more powerful BTE styles. They have rechargeable and Bluetooth-enabled products for every hearing loss problem. The Virto B™ uses biometric calibration for adjustments; the CROS B™ transmits from ear to ear, and the Lyric is the first completely invisible hearing aid.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Some hearing aids are available with rechargeable batteries. Since replacing batteries is a task many people find difficult, rechargeable devices have become very popular. Many of the smallest hearing aids do not have this capability, so we recommend a hearing test and evaluation to determine if this style is right for you.
ReSound offers each type of hearing aid from invisible to BTE products including the LiNX and ENZO hearing aids. The apps for controlling their devices provide innovative ways to adjust to loud hearing environments.
Signia’s Insio NX small ITE hearing aid is Bluetooth-enabled for direct connection to smartphones. The Styletto is a BTE device that includes all the features needed for an active lifestyle.
Starkey offers most types of hearing aids like smartphone-enabled devices, which connect to your phone through Bluetooth technology. Livio AI is one of these sophisticated devices that uses smart technology for automatic adjustments.
Our Starkey Hearing Aids and Accessories
- Bragi Dash Pro: The Bragi Dash Pro is a wireless, intelligent earphone that allows users to answer smartphones and listen to music at longer distances. You can track activities like exercises, running and biking. This device offers hands-free controls.
Unitron offers various sizes of hearing aids including the Moxi Now, billed as the smallest wireless RIC hearing device, and Sonova, the world’s smallest rechargeable BTE device.
This company specializes in rechargeable devices like Evoke, a smart AI hearing aid that differentiates high-pitched sounds and modulates them to be heard on a lower scale. The Widex is an ITE device with the power of larger models.