Nov 29, 2012
Oticon vs. Phonak Hearing Aid Comparison
Choosing the proper hearing aid is a process that involves carefully considering included service plans, features, price, warranty, and ease of repair. Several top manufacturers have recently developed some very advanced devices that contain features designed to make communication easier for those suffering from hearing loss. Among the top hearing aid manufacturers are Oticon and Phonak
Each of these hearing aid manufacturers now produce models that offer brilliant sound amplification and connect seamlessly with other electronic devices, any may come in an invisible size and shape. Below is a summary of what each of these manufacturers is currently offering.
New Models From Oticon
Oticon released its new Intiga hearing aid model in 2012, designed for people with mild to intermediate hearing loss. This new line of hearing devices include the Intiga and the Intiga i (an invisible in the ear option), both of which have multiple color options. Oticon designed these models with flexibility in mind, allowing the consumer to use them to connect with the latest electronic devices such as a smartphones, tablets, and most modern electronic devices with Bluetooth capability.
Basically, Oticon has prepared its patient base for the future with the unveiling of the Intiga and Intiga i. The Intiga is the smallest behind-the-ear hearing aid available today and can be purchased with the Streamer and ConnectLine technology that makes it easy to connect the hearing aid directly with the TV, mp3 player, and home computer. This model can be programmed to wirelessly connect to as many as eight separate devices.
Phonak Hearing Aids
The Swiss manufacturer Phonak concentrates on designing a broader range of hearing aids with a much larger product lineup for consumers. The models include behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal. Phonak currently manufactures 10 different product lines including Ambra, Nano, Audio S Smart, and Nilo.
One of the most common praises for Phonak devices is for the excellent filtering of unwanted background noises. Some consumers complain that this advanced technology also filters out some of the preferred sound reception as well, but most users of these hearing aids find that adjusting the controls several times results in a good balance between filtering and reception.
Phonak has dedicated much of its research budget on special devices for children who have been diagnosed with hearing loss. The company now has a published book called Phonak Focus that is available with an accompanying video. Phonak offers a special clean care kit designed for use by children and is complete with an air purifier, battery tester, and dehumidifier.