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In a constantly developing field like audiology, we see new products join our portfolio on a regular basis. Let’s have a look at the new hearing aids and related devices that have been released in the last few months. These are the new products from June to September 2019.

New Looks:

A few manufacturers have brought in new looks and styles of hearing aids. Oticon has expanded their OPN family of hearing aids to include the Xceed Super and Ultra Power aids. We’re happy to see a new solution for people with severe to profound losses, and hope that their Velox chip will mean more people with these significant losses will be able to hear better in dynamic sound environments.

Widex has also launched new styles, introducing the RIC 10, RIC 312-D and BTE 13-D to their Evoke platform. While these are mostly just design updates, we are especially excited to see a Behind-the-Ear hearing aid with a size 13 battery join their portfolio.

New Sounds:

Signia’s latest platform, Xperience, was launched just a week before this article was posted. Xperience uses a combination of different kinds of directionality to deal with environmental noise and complex situations like while exercising. For now, Xperience is only available in a Receiver-in-the-Canal style, with a 312 battery or lithium-ion rechargeable, but we look forward to seeing their portfolio expand into different styles.

Another new sound addition is one in the bone anchored hearing aid area- Oticon Medical released their long awaited Ponto 4 Baha. This was built on Oticon’s Velox chip, with their OPN sound navigator which we know so well from the Oticon hearing aids. While we don’t see candidates for these devices every day, it is always great to know that we have a variety of good instruments to choose from when we do.

New Extras:

In early June we saw Unitron launch a brand new platform called Discover. This new platform allows for direct binaural streaming using Bluetooth for iPhone AND Android users, something we have been waiting for! Following closely in the footsteps of their Sonova partners, Phonak, Unitron’s Discover is allowing those patients with Android phones to enjoy full binaural streaming of calls and music as our iPhone users have been for a while. For now, Discover is only available in a Receiver-in-the-Canal style, either with a 312 battery or lithium-ion rechargeable, that can be fitted with a power bank, allowing for charging on the go.

Another extra to be launched in the last few months is the Oticon CROS device. A CROS unit is a microphone and transmitter that looks like a hearing aid, but instead of sending amplified sound into the ear, it transmits the sound to the other side where it is amplified into the better ear by a hearing aid. CROS is the solution for people with Single Sided Deafness or bilateral hearing loss with one ‘unaidable’ ear. While CROS itself isn’t anything new, it’s nice to have the option to work with another manufacturer when dealing with these tricky cases.

Widex has also expanded their Evoke portfolio to include more entry level options. The Evoke 100, 50 and 30 were launched to fill the gap in the basic category, and give us more options when dealing with patients with smaller budgets.

As always, a decision about a hearing aid purchase should always be made in consultation with a qualified hearing healthcare professional such as an audiologist. If you are interested in learning more about any of these new products introduced between June and September 2019, please contact us, or comment below with any questions.

*Please note that Francis Slabber and Associates has no direct affiliation with Signia, Oticon, Oticon Medical, Widex, Unitron, Phonak, or any other hearing aid brand, and all opinions shared are done so without any compensation by the supplier, nor benefit to the practice or patients involved. Francis Slabber and Associates is an autonomous practice and our audiologists fit a variety of brands and products without prejudice.