Today's hearing aids are comfortable, attractive, and so small that most people will not even know you are wearing one. So how do you choose which one is right for you? The type of hearing loss you have, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences in color and style will all influence the hearing aids you ultimately purchase.
No two people’s hearing needs or preferences for treatment are the same. Fortunately, the days of only having large, clumsy-looking, beige hearing aids to choose from are over. Today’s models are tiny, high-tech marvels so surprisingly stylish that it’s perfectly okay if someone catches a glimpse.
Modern hearing aids feature useful options to suit almost every hearing loss and fit into any lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a sporty solution that can stand up to the elements or a discreet way to boost your understanding of conversation in noise, you’re sure to find hearing aids that fit your preferences. The audiologist at Pinnacle Hearing will help you determine the best fit for your needs.
Oticon’s history dates back to 1904. The company was founded by Hans Demant, whose wife struggled with hearing impairment. Oticon is headquartered in Denmark, just outside of Copenhagen, and has more than 3,000 employees in branches across the globe. Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology allows you to hear better with less effort. Popular products include the Alta2, Nera2, Ria2, Dynamo, and Sensei.
GN ReSound is a Danish manufacturer with headquarters in Ballerup. Founded in 1943, the company currently has 4,100 employees worldwide and its products are available in more than 80 countries. ReSound was the first to offer Wide Dynamic Range Compression and Digital Feedback Suppression, innovations in sound processing that have led to reduced distortion and better sound quality. Its product lineup includes the LiNX and ENZO.
Widex was founded in Denmark in 1956 and is still owned and operated by relatives of the original founders. It employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and sells product in more than 100 countries. Widex created the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid and remains on the forefront of technology with breakthroughs in wireless connectivity. Products include the UNIQUE and SUPER.
Siemens is the U.S. affiliate of Santos Group, a Singapore-based company with 5,000 employees in more than 25 countries. They have been manufacturing hearing aids since 1913 when production began in Berlin. With a focus on research and development backed by quality German engineering, Siemens has been on the cutting-edge of technology. They introduced the first behind-the-ear model in 1959 and continue to develop innovative products. Their extensive lineup includes the Ace, Orion, Sirion, Intuis, and Nitro.
Phonak, founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1947, employs more than 4,200 people in multiple locations worldwide. The company is a pioneer in hearing loss solutions, developing the first hearing aid to take advantage of Bluetooth® technology in 2003 and the first extended-wear hearing aid (Lyric) in 2011. Its Hear the World initiative, launched in 2006, aims to create global awareness of hearing loss and promote solutions for individuals across the planet. Featured products include the Audeo, Virto and Bolero.
Starkey Hearing Technologies was founded in 1967 by William Austin, who believed in the concept of bringing people together in order to change the world. They are based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and are the only American-owned major hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Starkey employs 5,000 people and has 21 locations in 18 countries. Their Starkey Hearing Foundation donates a portion of all proceeds to help those in need across the globe receive hearing assistance. Their lineup includes the Z Series and Halo.