Best Hearing Aid Brands in 2019 – Picking the Perfect Hearing Aid

Best Hearing Aid Brands in 2019

The world of hearing healthcare can be overwhelming. There are so many different brands, and so many different retail outlets to choose from. Have you ever heard the following questions?

Let’s take a stab at that first question, before moving onto a more comprehensive look at all the companies in the industry.

Which hearing aid brands are the best?

This is a very difficult question as there is currently no objective way to assess the quality of one hearing aid over another (more on hearing aid reviews). However, many audiologists accept that the quality of hearing aids coming from the “big six” hearing aid manufacturers is high standard, and that you generally can’t go wrong by sticking with the industry’s top brands. So who are the “big six” and where can you find more information about them?

“Big Six” Hearing Aid Companies
Company Main Brand Country
GN ReSound Resound Denmark
Sivantos Signia Singapore
Sonova Phonak Switzerland
Starkey Starkey United States
Widex Widex Denmark
William Demant Oticon Denmark

Big Seven?

It has come to our attention that Unitron, Sonova’s second largest hearing aid brand, has a market share on par with Widex. As many audiologists know, Phonak and Unitron share many of the same sophisticated hardware and software features, with Unitron providing unique innovations like FLEX:UPGRADE™, which allows consumers to upgrade their hearing aids using the same physical units. For these reasons Hearing Tracker believes Unitron should be included in the Big Six (let’s just call it the Big Seven).

How to Select The Best Hearing Aid?

Before trying to pick your own hearing aid, watch this video from our partner Doctor Cliff, AuD. You might be surprised by how complicated the process is.

How much do hearing aids from the major brands cost?

We recently conducted a survey – with the help of the Hearing Loss Association of America – to learn more about the cost of hearing aids in the United States. Our survey showed that the overall average price paid for a single hearing aid was $2372. For a breakdown of hearing aid prices by brand, please read more on our hearing aid prices page.

Which Hearing Aid Brands Do Audiologists Prefer?

We surveyed hundreds of audiologists (September 2016, December 2016, and most recently in March 2017) to find out which hearing aid brands are the best on the following metrics:

We also asked them about patient satisfaction with hearing aids with the following questions:

Results for the survey can be found in the infographic below. If you are looking for our popular “Hearing Technology Industry Map” keep scrolling past the survey results.

Survey results reflect the attitudes of audiologists, who may or may not be familiar with all hearing aid brands. For better or worse, each audiologist has their brand preferences, and our survey results reflect those preferences. Take the results with a grain of salt. All questions are property of UBS and cannot be replicated without consent.

The Rest of the Story

Let’s get back to the three remaining questions. How are brands related? Which companies own retail outlets? Who really manufactures brand X? To provide a very quick (and visual) answer to each of these questions, we have put together the following Hearing Technology Industry Map:

Check out the image above for a larger version of the map.

We tried our hardest to make the interactive map easy to read, but if you have difficulty, please checkout the outline below (not updated as frequently). We used online information as well as information from a few industry insiders to put this list together, but please let us know if you see any inaccuracies and or additions. Feel free to use the commenting system at the bottom of this page!

Please note: The brand map depicted in the image above (and outline below) reflect our best educated guesses as to associations between companies, brands, etc. Linkages do not always indicate full ownership of brand x by company y. Any corrections may be suggested using the inline commenting system or by contacting info@hearingtracker.com.

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Petoskey basketball coach Dennis Starkey retiring after 32 years in program

Most who live or have lived in Northern Michigan don’t know what Petoskey basketball looks like without Dennis Starkey walking the court. For over 30 years, Starkey and Petoskey have been one.

He’s been about as solid of a program leader, game-changer, mentor, coach and friend to the Petoskey program and community as there’s been in the the history of the state.

Now, after 32 years at Petoskey and 36 in his career, the Michigan high school basketball hall of fame coach is stepping down from his position, announcing his retirement on Tuesday at Petoskey High School.

Already retired from his teaching position with Petoskey for a couple years now, Starkey felt the time was right to pass the basketball program on too.

“I just think it’s a good time for somebody else to take over,” said Starkey. “We’ve got some established people in the program that are potential candidates and there’s a couple teaching positions that are open.

“Since I’ve not been teaching, I think I’ve put in more time and it just got to the point where I think someone else could take the program to the next level. Me going year to year isn’t the answer. We need someone committed to being here for a long time.”

Petoskey Athletic Director Dave Smith thanked Starkey for his commitment to the program over the years, on behalf of Petoskey High School.

“We’d like to thank Coach Starkey for all of the time, effort, and expertise he has given Petoskey High School and this community,” said Smith, who has worked with Starkey for the past three years. “He has run a model program, one that has demanded excellence not only in basketball but in how his players were to live their lives.

“His program has been as successful as any in Northern Michigan. He has certainly put Petoskey boys basketball on the map, and not only because of winning, although they did plenty of that, but because of how his teams played hard, were disciplined and were good sportsmen.”

Starkey started his career in 1982 at Boyne City High School as a young 23-year-old fresh out of college. He then went on to Vanderbilt High School in 1984, where he spent three seasons.

In 1986, athletic director Gary Hice took a flyer on Starkey to lead his program.

In his career, Starkey amassed a 553-260 overall record, which ranks 16th in the state of Michigan for boys basketball all-time. He is also just one of 25 coaches all-time in the state to reach 500 wins in basketball.

He is also a Hall of Fame member of both the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) and Michigan High School Basketball Coaches Association.

At Petoskey, Starkey compiled a 515-211 record for a .71 percent win percentage. He closed out his career with 14 straight seasons above .500 and earned 17 district and 14 conference titles at the school.

In the 22-year existence of the Big North Conference, there has been just four undefeated league champions and Starkey has led all four.

His most memorable runs for many around the area came in the late 90s, when he helped lead the Northmen to three straight Class B quarterfinal appearances and back-to-back trips to the Breslin Center in East Lansing with Class B semifinal games in 1997 and 1998.

For Starkey, 36 years brings back a lot of memories and emotions, things he’ll miss for a long time after.

“There’s going to be so many parts I’m going to miss,” he said. “I think being around youth keeps you young and then the staff that we had is just great. I’m going to miss those parts but I just think it’s time.”

The time to be able to set aside the basketball and pick up the golf clubs just a bit more was a thought Starkey had a number of times over the years and finally came to decide on this final year.

“There were times during the season where I thought, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this again,’” added Starkey. “The bus rides, squad selection, the total year-round commitment. I’ve never been able to even do anything on a weekend in June because we’ve been at team camps for 30 years. It would be nice to be able to do some different things and I’m ready to try to do some different things.”

With 36 years in the books and lasting memories made for countless members of the Petoskey and Northern Michigan community, it’s definitely been earned.

For much more on Dennis Starkey retiring from the Petoskey program and his hall of fame career, check the News-Review on Friday, May 4.

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Jeffersonville family gets $3,000 donation needed for 9-year-old’s hearing aids

SELLERSBURG — On the way to the Buckner No. 631 Masonic Lodge in Sellersburg, 9-year-old Kamauri Harris asked his mom, Jamie Harris, why strangers would want to give them the thousands of dollars needed for Kamauri’s new hearing aids.

After all, the Job’s Daughters who would greet them at the lodge Saturday afternoon weren’t family. So why would they present Kamauri and his mom with a check for more than $3,000?

That’s when Jamie tried to explain to her 9-year-old son what Job’s Daughters does and why. The short answer: pure generosity.

Here’s the long answer:

Job’s Daughters is a Masonic youth organization for girls and women ages 10 to 20 years old. One of the organization’s main service projects is the HIKE fund, which stands for hearing impaired kids endowment.

Since 1985, chapters of Job’s Daughters across the country have helped raise more than $5 million for more than 2,500 kids in need of support for their hearing impairment.

Tiffany Ingles, a HIKE coordinator for Indiana and national board member, said families typically learn about HIKE through their audiologist or school. The family then applies for grant money, the amount based on the cost of the equipment that given family needs.

Kamauri’s mom, Jamie, learned about HIKE through their audiologist in October, about two months after learning her son would need a new set of hearing aids.

“I was pretty overwhelmed because we had just started a new [health insurance] plan year and I knew we were nowhere near our deductible, so our insurance wasn’t going to pay for it,” said Jamie, who lives in Jeffersonville.

About 10 weeks after applying for a HIKE grant, Jamie received word that she and Kamauri would get some much needed help. On Saturday, she accepted a check inside the Masonic Lodge chambers. She expects to receive the new hearing aids for Kamauri any day now.

“It’s life changing. It was very overwhelming,” Jamie said after the check presentation. “We’re forever grateful. Words can’t describe exactly how grateful and how happy we really are.”

Ingles, the state HIKE coordinator, said seeing families accept the check is one of the best parts of working with the fund. On a personal note, Ingles said it’s inspiring and “joyful” to give back and try to make a difference in someone’s life.

“I think it lifts a burden off of them financially, and for the children it can open up a whole new world,” she said.

Jamie said the new hearing aids will be more modern, coming equipped with Bluetooth capabilities. Right now, Kamauri has to rely on teachers using a mic, a speaker in the back of the classroom and an interpreter. With the hearing aids, he should be able to get a direct line from the teacher’s mic to his hearing aid.

Those teachers, along with doctors, are some of the people that make up what Jamie called Kamauri’s “team,” a support system that has helped her family get through challenging times. Now, she said, Job’s Daughters and HIKE are a part of that team, or what others might call family.

“It’s vital. Kamauri has had to overcome a lot of obstacles since he was born and so just any part of his team has been a very crucial part of that.

“And now we have all these wonderful people to add to it, and we’re grateful.”

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I Can’t Find My Hearing Aid! | Say What?

Losing a hearing aid is devastating.

After all, you’ve made a significant financial investment in treating your hearing.

Here are some suggestions to help in the event of a loss along with a few tips to prevent a loss from happening in the first place.

Loss or damage insurance policies

Most professionally fit hearing aids come with a loss and damage policy which covers replacement. Check with your Audiologist and ask if you are still under warranty. If the answer is “no”, call your insurance agent and find out if you have coverage through your homeowners or renters insurance. Your policy may pay for a portion of the loss.

If you have no coverage and worry about losing an existing hearing device, there are several insurance plans specific to hearing aids. Your Audiologist can provide you with information to get you started. If the hearing aid is over four years old, you’d be wise to look at the latest technology. The difference in hearing with a newer product is usually remarkable.

The non-losable hearing aid

Another consideration for those who constantly lose their hearing aids is switching to Lyric hearing, a hearing aid worn 24-7. This way there’s nothing to lose! There are no batteries to change and there is no maintenance other than seeing your Audiologist every 6 to 12 weeks.

Other technology-based solutions

To prevent a loss, here are a few suggestions. Many new products have a “Find my hearing aid” feature using GPS through a smartphone. You will be shown the last known location which will help avoid unnecessary footwork in your search.

Tether and tile

A solution that’s not as popular but very effective is connecting a tether and tile to the hearing aids. This method will help locate the hearing aid when the tile is paired to a smart phone. Most hearing aids can be modified to accommodate the tether. The tether when attached to clothing, provides added security.

To prevent loss, always put your hearing aids in the same dedicated place. Keep the hearing aids away from pets and young children. When removing a hat, taking glasses on and off, or lifting a sweater over your head, always check to see that the aids are still in place. And never wrap the hearing aids in a tissue. It amazes me how many times hearing aids end up in the trash.

Protect your investment by taking special care of your purchase.

If you lose a hearing aid, don’t give up looking. The odds are with you that it will be found. Be sure to reach out to your Audiologist if you need advice. We’re here to help you.

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Rauner signs hearing aid bill pushed by Illiopolis boy

Hunter Martin of Illiopolis saw a successful conclusion to his two-year legislative efforts Wednesday when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that was pushed by the 10-year-old in the General Assembly.

In a private ceremony in his Capitol office, Rauner signed House Bill 4516 that requires Illinois insurers to cover replacement costs of hearing aids every three years for children who are 18 or younger.

“Because they are growing, children need replacements for their hearing aids more often,” Rauner said in a statement. “The devices are costly. Children who have to go without struggle not only with day-to-day interactions, but also are at a disadvantage in their classrooms.”

Hunter and his brother Owen, 7, are both wear hearing aids. Hunter became an advocate for the insurance requirement after losing one of his hearing aids in school. It took two weeks to get a replacement and the time was challenging, he told The State Journal-Register earlier this year.

“It was rough,” he said. “It’s like putting fingers in your ears or cotton balls in your ears and then leaving it in 24/7.”

The strain of trying to listen in class was so exhausting he would often come home and take a nap after school, his mother Ramona said.

Both Ramona and her husband, Andrew, work in education. She is a social worker at Douglas School in Springfield and Andrew teaches history at Sangamon Valley Middle School in Illiopolis. Both have insurance, but the plans do not cover most hearing aids, which can cost up to $4,000.

Hunter started showing up at House and Senate committees that deal with insurance legislation and speaking out about why insurance policies need to cover hearing aids. He testified in favor of a similar bill in 2017, but it didn’t pass. He testified again this year and the legislation ended up on Rauner’s desk.

Ramona and Hunter were at Rauner’s office when he signed the bill.

“Thanks for being a strong advocate for this,” Rauner told Hunter in a video of the event released Wednesday. “Persistence is the key to success. You’re one of the youngest, most effective lobbyists in Illinois history.”

“Wow,” Hunter replied.

As governors do with significant legislation, Rauner signed the bill and gave the pens to Hunter and his mother.

Asked about his lobbying efforts before General Assembly committees, Hunter said, “It feels amazing. It’s hard work. You have to work and talk. It’s a little nervous, but it gets easier.”

Asked if he found the experience dealing with the General Assembly scary, Hunter said, “It’s a wild ride to go through.”

In addition to requiring insurers to pay for a new hearing aid every three years for those 18 and under, the new law requires medically necessary repairs to be covered and that coverage be given for ear examinations, selection, fitting and adjustment of ear molds when medically necessary.

Contact Doug Finke: doug.finke@sj-r.com, 788-1527, twitter.com/dougfinkesjr.

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Deaf Cashier’s Hearing Aid Stopped Working 10 Years Ago. Until Special Customer Comes In

For Brandon, it was just another day at work. The Sprouts Farmers Market in Phoenix, where Brandon is a cashier, was crowded. The line was beginning to form at Brandon’s station.

But Brandon’s job was made more challenging because he is deaf, relying on reading lips to ring up his customers. He wore a pin that said “I’m Deaf” to help customers understand the situation.

Brandon used to have the help of hearing aids, but they hadn’t functioned in ten years. “The hearing aids I had, they stopped working,” he said. “They were old hearing aids that were given to me. They were just falling apart.”

Brandon was unaware that, hidden in his check-out line was a surprise — one that would dramatically change his life. It came in the form of TV anchor Gina Maravilla, and what she did was caught on camera and would move everyone around them to tears.

Maravilla was a part of Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad, an organization powered by Arizona’s 3TV CBS station and Toyota Dealers. The goal of the organization is to travel around the area, bring happiness to those in need.

The Surprise Squad was secretly contacted by Brandon’s co-worker, Lisa. She told the group about Brandon’s need for hearing aids that, at $5,000, were just too expensive for him to buy. “I just really was trying to think of a way to help him,” she said.

The Surprise Squad sprang into action. Maravilla made her way into Brandon’s check-out line, posing as a customer. As she approached him, Brandon mouthed what he always did, “I’m deaf.”

Maravilla then began to tell Brandon that her own daughter was hearing impaired and asks if he could hear at all. He said that he couldn’t. Hidden cameras capture the scene as Brandon, unaware that his life is about to change, continues ringing up groceries.

Suddenly, a small red box came scooting down the belt, and as Brandon tried to find the scan bar, Maravilla casually tells him that the price might be inside of the box.

As he opened the box, the shock of what he saw was written all over his face.

Inside the lid was the gift. The folks at Zounds Hearing had generously donated hearing aids for Brandon, and not just any aids. They offered him the top-of-the-line products, aids that Brandon would never have been able to afford on his own.

Brandon just continued to look in disbelief. Once the reality sunk in, he began to cry with happiness. “Oh my God. Thank you,” he said. All around, people shared hugs and tears of joy.

Maravilla and her crew were choked up at the scene. Brandon began to talk about how so many times he had felt left out by his hearing friends, not always able to join in. A new life awaited him — a hearing life.

Brandon wasted no time in making an appointment to have his new hearing aids fitted. He was greeted by Zounds Hearing founder Sam Thomasson.

As the new aids were placed in Brandon’s ears, he smiled and said, “I can hear you.” He expressed his gratitude to the staff.

“You guys did wonderful so I’m really happy to have these hearing aids,” he said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do without them. I really appreciate it.”

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Hilton Launches New Brand, Signia Hilton, Delivering Sophisticated Travel While Reimagining Meetings and Events | Hilton Press Center

Hilton Launches New Brand, Signia Hilton, Delivering Sophisticated Travel While Reimagining Meetings and Events

Signature dining, design-forward guest rooms and premium wellness amenities elevate business and leisure travel at Hilton’s premier meetings and events brand

February 22, 2019
Americas

MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the launch of Signia Hilton, its dynamic, new meetings-and-events-focused brand. The portfolio of hotels is setting out to transform the industry for meeting professionals and sophisticated business travelers by infusing state-of-the-art technology and design into every aspect of the guest experience.

The brand further reinforces Hilton’s commitment to innovation that meets the evolving needs of today’s travelers and will bring premium experiences to top urban and resort destinations around the world.

“In our 100th year of hospitality, we are more focused than ever on providing exceptional experiences to all of our guests – and that includes evolving those experiences to meet their changing needs,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “We are proud to launch Signia Hilton, which exemplifies our innovative spirit and will raise the bar on what it means to deliver truly customer-inspired hospitality.”

With a minimum of 500 guest rooms and 75 square feet per key of flexible meetings and events space, each Signia Hilton will offer business and leisure travelers elevated experiences from arrival to departure with the following elements:

“Signia Hilton grew from feedback from top meeting professionals, owners, developers and guests,” said David Marr, senior vice president and global head, Full Service Brands, Hilton. “After countless hours of collaboration, together, we created Signia Hilton, a brand that will resonate with travelers, ‘wow’ meeting professionals and set a new, elevated standard for the meetings and events industry.”  

Signia Hilton will be a global brand with a carefully curated portfolio of hotels in top urban and resort locales and will include Signia Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Signia Hilton Atlanta and Signia Hilton Indianapolis.

As part of Hilton, Signia Hilton guests will enjoy benefits of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s distinct hotel brands. For more information, visit newsroom.hilton.com/SigniaHilton or connect with Signia Hilton on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Signia Hilton

Signia Hilton is a new, dynamic meetings and events-focused brand that is infusing sophisticated travel and premium experiences into every aspect of the guest experience. Each Signia Hilton  will offer unparalleled meetings and events capabilities with world-class design, state-of-the-art technology and signature food and beverage offerings, all backed by the Hilton name and award-winning Hilton Honors program. Learn more about the brand by visiting SigniaHilton.com.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Best Hearing Aid Brands in 2018

Best Hearing Aid Brands in 2018

Top Hearing Aid Manufacturers

The world of hearing healthcare can be overwhelming. There are so many different brands, and so many different retail outlets to choose from. Have you ever heard the following questions?

  • Which hearing aid brands are the best?
  • How are all the hearing aid brands related?
  • Which hearing aid companies own which retail outlets?
  • Who really manufactures X brand of hearing aids?

Let’s take a stab at that first question, before moving onto a more comprehensive look at all the companies in the industry.

Which hearing aid brands are the best?

This is a very difficult question as there is currently no objective way to assess the quality of one hearing aid over another (more on hearing aid reviews). However, many audiologists accept that the quality of hearing aids coming from the “big six” hearing aid manufacturers is high standard, and that you generally can’t go wrong by sticking with the industry’s top brands. So who are the “big six” and where can you find more information about them?

“Big Six” Hearing Aid Companies
Company Main Brand Country
GN ReSound Resound Denmark
Sivantos Signia Germany
Sonova Phonak Switzerland
Starkey Starkey United States
Widex Widex Denmark
William Demant Oticon Denmark

Big Seven?

It has come to our attention that Unitron, Sonova’s second largest hearing aid brand, has a market share on par with Widex. As many audiologists know, Phonak and Unitron share many of the same sophisticated hardware and software features, with Unitron providing unique innovations like FLEX:UPGRADE™, which allows consumers to upgrade their hearing aids using the same physical units. For these reasons Hearing Tracker believes Unitron should be included in the Big Six (let’s just call it the Big Seven).

Which Hearing Aid Brands Do Audiologists Prefer?

We surveyed hundreds of audiologists (September 2016, December 2016, and most recently in March 2017) to find out which hearing aid brands are the best on the following metrics:

  • Value for money
  • Sound quality
  • Reliability
  • Ease of fit
  • Ease of use
  • Support service
  • Aesthetics
  • Connectivity
  • Battery life

We also asked them about patient satisfaction with hearing aids with the following questions:

  • How would you rate your patients’ satisfaction with the following hearing aid brands?
  • Which of the following brands has the most returns by patients?

Results for the survey can be found in the infographic below. If you are looking for our popular “Hearing Technology Industry Map” keep scrolling past the survey results.

Disclaimer

Survey results reflect the attitudes of audiologists, who may or may not be familiar with all hearing aid brands. For better or worse, each audiologist has their brand preferences, and our survey results reflect those preferences. Take the results with a grain of salt. All questions are property of UBS and cannot be replicated without consent.

The Rest of the Story

Let’s get back to the three remaining questions. How are brands related? Which companies own retail outlets? Who really manufactures brand X? To provide a very quick (and visual) answer to each of these questions, we have put together the following Hearing Technology Industry Map:

Check out the image above for a larger version of the map.

We tried our hardest to make the interactive map easy to read, but if you have difficulty, please checkout the outline below (not updated as frequently). We used online information as well as information from a few industry insiders to put this list together, but please let us know if you see any inaccuracies and or additions. Feel free to use the commenting system at the bottom of this page!

Please note: The brand map depicted in the image above (and outline below) reflect our best educated guesses as to associations between companies, brands, etc. Linkages do not always indicate full ownership of brand x by company y. Any corrections may be suggested using the inline commenting system or by contacting info@hearingtracker.com.

This content was originally published here.

Doctor Turns Baby’s Hearing Aid On And She Can Now Hear Mom’s Voice

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Little baby Charly was born deaf on August 2, 2017. The doctors informed the parents of a procedure that would allow her to hear so they agreed to go through with it.

A situation like this is always difficult when the patient is so small. You never want to make the wrong decision and cause major problems down the road but the parents had faith in God and their physicians to make things better for their little bundle of joy.

From Faith It:

She was fit for hearing aids just a few weeks back, and Christy recently shared a video of Charly hearing her mom’s voice for the first time.

Christy wrote that they didn’t think Charly would be able to hear anything when doctors turned on the hearing aids. So it was the “miracle moment” that Christy had been praying for when Charly responded to the sound of her voice!

“This was more incredible than I can put in to words!” Christy wrote.

Charly is expected to undergo surgery for cochlear implants sometime next year. Until then, we’ll just keep pressing replay on her adorably sweet reaction!

Check out the heartwarming video below:

I think I have told you that I have twin girls so when I see little babies like this, it takes me back to how beautiful my little girls were when they were babies. I cherished every moment I spent with them. As they have gotten older, I look at them and thank God for giving me, two wonderful daughters.

I am happy the procedure for Charly went well and she is able to hear her mom’s angelic voice. Times like this are irreplaceable and even more awesome when they are caught on camera. Send prayers for Charly and her family.

Share this video if watching Charly’s reaction brought you to tears! 

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Designed to look like jewelry, the Facett Hearing Aid makes wearables precious

My disdain for medical products that look ‘clinical’ isn’t really a secret. I’ve been openly critical of medical products that put function above aesthetics, because healing isn’t a purely physical process, it’s an emotional and mental one too. Integrating medical design and fashion design (in its broadest sense possible) is, in my book, one of the biggest areas where designers can intervene to create products that don’t just save lives, but enrich them too.

Designed with an aesthetic that borrows from jewelry design, the Facett hearing aids feel less like medical-aid devices and more like precious accessories that people would want to wear. “Facett seeks to shift the stigma of hearing loss, to move these devices from disability to desirability,” says designer Leah Heiss. “All too often products in the category of ‘therapeutic technologies’ are medical-looking, created in skin tones — or ‘disabled beige’ as I refer to it.”

She looked to the minerals in the Melbourne Museum to inspire a different direction for Facett. The device’s colour, surface texture deviates from the norms of using beige to camouflage, and rather takes inspiration from crystals and gemstones to stand out… shifting the product’s aesthetic from disability to empowerment, both through enabling hearing as well as increasing one’s self-esteem.

The Facett come with detachable battery modules that snap on and off the hearing aid. The carrying case designed for the aids also act as wireless chargers for the batteries (borrowing from the charging techniques pioneered by truly wireless earphones), and the case comes with a spare set of batteries too, letting users keep a spare set for when one set runs out.

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Baby Girl Bursts Out Giggling After Hearing Sister’s Voice For First Time When She’s Given Hearing Aids

A heartwarming video is going viral this week showing the moment a baby girl hears her sister’s voice for the first time when she is fitted with hearing aids.

Shot at the Atlanta Hearing Associates in Milledgeville, Georgia, the video features a baby girl named Scarlet, who was born three months early. The first thing Scarlet hears is her older sister Halie saying hello, and she immediately bursts out laughing!

Scarlet then flashes a huge smile when she turns around upon hearing her mother’s voice behind her. She continues to burst out laughing at times as both her mother and sister speak to her.

Carol Benjamin, Scarlet’s mother, put her hand to her mouth and then started to cry as she saw how her little girl was reacting to hearing for the first time.

Right after she was born, Scarlet developed an intestinal problem and the antibiotic treatment for it impaired her hearing. Carol explained that she had thought Scarlet’s hearing was good until she saw her reaction to the hearing aids, which is when the mother realized just how bad her hearing had been.

Video of Scarlet’s reaction has quickly gone viral, touching the hearts of people all over the world.

“Omg brought tears to my eyes, beautiful wonderful moment,” one social media user wrote, with another adding, “Only a baby can laugh like that. Such a beautiful sound.”

Videos like this remind us to never take for granted something like hearing, which not everyone is blessed enough to be able to experience. We’re glad technology has come far enough to give people like Scarlet the gift of hearing!

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Bose hearing aid gets FDA approval – TechCrunch

For the 37.5 million adults who have trouble hearing without a hearing aid, Bose has a new product for you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved audio technology company Bose to market a new hearing aid device.

Dubbed the Bose Hearing Aid, it’s designed to let people with audio impairments fit, program and control the hearing aid without the help or assistance of a healthcare provider. The hearing aid uses air conduction to capture sound vibrations through the microphone. From there, the device processes the signal, amplifies it and then plays it back through an earphone inside the ear canal. Through a mobile app, people can adjust the hearing aid.

“Hearing loss is a significant public health issue, especially as individuals age,” Malvina Eydelman, M.D., director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a press release. “Today’s marketing authorization provides certain patients with access to a new hearing aid that provides them with direct control over the fit and functionality of the device. The FDA is committed to ensuring that individuals with hearing loss have options for taking an active role in their health care.”

Before approving the device for marketing, the FDA says it reviewed data from clinical trials of 125 patients. Those studies showed comparable results to those with professionally fitted devices.

“In addition, when participants self-fit the Bose Hearing Aid, they generally preferred those hearing aid settings over the professionally-selected setting,” the FDA wrote in a blog post.

Bose is not the first company to try this. The now-defunct startup Doppler Labs developed earbuds with active listening, enabling people to augment the way they heard the world. There’s also Nuheara, which unveiled earbuds earlier this year that are designed to boost hearing. What makes Bose’s different, however, is the FDA approval.

Bose went through the FDA’s De Novo premarket review process, which is a regulatory pathway for low to moderate-risk devices that are especially novel, and not already available. As the FDA mentioned, this is the first hearing aid authorized for marketing that enables people to fit and program their own hearing aids. Still, depending on state laws, people may be required to purchase the device through a licensed hearing aid dispenser.

It’s not clear what this device looks like, or if the Bose Hearphones — currently marketed as a “conversation-enhancing” headphone — will simply be remarketed as a hearing aid.

“Bose has been delivering industry-leading audio experiences for over 50 years, and more recently we’ve applied that expertise to help people hear better in noise,” Bose spokesperson Joanne Berhiaume told TechCrunch in a statement. “Now, the De Novo grant by the FDA validates that Bose technologies can be applied to help people with mild to moderate hearing impairment take control of their hearing. We look forward to bringingaffordable, accessible and great sounding solutions to the millions of people who could benefit from hearing aids but don’t use them.”

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