Tuesday, 18th April 2017
For the sake of objectivity and out of respect for the guidelines of the Ordre des Audioprothésistes du Québec, we won’t mention a specific brand. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.
Hearing aid technology has made major strides in recent years. In just a few decades, new digital technologies have allowed us to considerably alter the daily lives of the hearing impaired. If you’re wondering whether there’s now an invisible, ultra-discreet, continuous-wear hearing aid, the answer is yes!
This hearing aid is the result of a long collaboration between engineers and ENTs. Concerned with creating a truly extraordinary accessory, they worked to develop a revolutionary hearing aid that would meet all the requirements of the patients. For a clear, natural sound, it seemed essential to use the phonic qualities of the auricle. Using the outer ear to direct the sound naturally towards the ear canal was a challenge that was met with success. The goal was also to offer users maximum comfort by creating an autonomous, water-resistant, and energy-efficient hearing aid. The gamble has now paid off, and the hearing aid is an international success.
The small size and placement of the device ensures complete discretion. Placed deep within the ear by a trained hearing care professional, the hearing aid is discreet from any point of view. The patients themselves tend to forget they’re even wearing a hearing aid. Once it’s been properly positioned, the hearing aid doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort for the wearer.
This product was developed in the United States by a Swiss company, one of the biggest in the world in the hearing health sector. Since its launch, the hearing aid has been continually modified to better meet the expectations of the patients. Those equipped with it regularly receive updates in terms of technological advances. The hearing aid is changed every 120 days on average by a hearing care professional, at which time the wearer can take advantage of the innovations associated with the ongoing research on comfort and auditory quality.
Hearing care professionals who want to outfit their hearing-impaired patients with this device must receive specific training. They’re also committed to staying informed about the various product updates.
Once it’s been placed deep within the ear canal, 4 mm from the eardrum, the device doesn’t move until the hearing care professional replaces it. The patient therefore no longer needs to worry about their hearing aid, since it’s resistant to water, shocks (sports activities), and long, sleep-filled nights. Once it’s in place, you can just forget about it.
This hearing aid is suitable for people suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss. Not all ear canals allow the installation of a continuous-wear hearing aid, so it’s necessary to make an appointment with a hearing care professional to check if you’re a good candidate for this type of device.
This hearing aid doesn’t require any maintenance. Once in place, it no longer moves, and you don’t need to recharge it. Its battery is extremely powerful, so this hearing aid only needs to be changed 3 times a year.
If you suffer from severe hearing loss or continuous-wear hearing aids aren’t suitable for your body type, your hearing care professional can offer you an alternative solution. There’s a wide variety of very discreet products that are suitable for all hearing types and body shapes. The question of budget should also be taken into account. Don’t hesitate to ask your hearing health clinic for advice. Hearing care professionals will be able to answer your questions about how to finance your hearing aids through government agencies (RAMQ, CNESST, Veterans Affairs Canada, etc.) or private insurance plans.
* The hearing aids illustrated on this page may not fit your needs. An evaluation by an Audioprosthetist is required to determine the type of aid best suited for your type of hearing loss.