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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 October to December 2019.

Portoflio expansions:

A few manufacturers added new shapes to their portfolios in the last few months of the year. Unitron added the Discover Stride P R to their Discover platform, a Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aid with Lithium Ion rechargeable technology. A rechargeable BTE is less common among the various latest platforms, so we were happy to see this option become available.

Signia, too, have added to their latest platform, with their Pure Charge&Go X joining the Xperience platform soon after it’s launch. The Pure Charge&Go X is the same size as their Pure 312 X, which means that size doesn’t have to be a factor when choosing between rechargable and consumable batteries anymore.

Beltone has added a new Completely-in-the-Canal hearing aid style to their Amaze platform, which we are pleased to see has Made for iPhone capability. Beltone also expanded their Amaze platform into the mid-range market with the Amaze 6. When Amaze was launched last year, it only had options for those in the Advanced or Premium technology levels, so it’s great to see this product becoming more readily available for those with less demanding hearing needs.

All of these new styles and levels mean that we have more choices and more possibility of finding the right hearing aid for the persons hearing needs and lifestyle.

A Few Extras:

There were also a few accessories added or updated in the past 3 months. Oticon launched their EduMic, a new wireless microphone system that works with their Paediatric hearing aids, the OPN Play and the XCeed Play. This new gadget is designed to work in the classroom, providing a better signal to noise ratio and enhancing the teacher’s voice over classroom noise.

Signia made a few other changes outside of their hearing aids. They replaced their various apps (TouchControl, MyControl, and MyHearing) with one universal app, simply called ‘Signia’. This app is compatible with all their previous app-controlled aids including their full current portfolio. It is designed to work with all Apple devices with iOS version 9.3 and higher, and most Android devices with Android 5.0 and higher. For a full list of compatible phones, click here. Signia also launched a second version of their Inductive Charger, which now has a lid to protect the hearing aids while charging. This also allows you to use a Drying Capsule if you struggle with moisture in the aids.

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 released between October and December 2019, please contact us, or comment below with any questions.

*Please note that Francis Slabber and Associates has no direct affiliation with Signia, Oticon, Unitron, Beltone, 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.