More Choice and Individualized Care
As Audiologist-owned and operated centres, we are pleased to have the ability to offer a wide range of hearing aid manufacturers to best suit the individual needs of our patients. There are many different manufacturers of hearing aids and each have their own unique strengths. Our certified audiologists will work closely with you to determine what your individual needs are and the hearing aid manufacturer and devices that will best meets those needs.
Hearing Aid Technology
Rechargeable hearing aids
Gone are the days of having to change hearing aids batteries! Hearing aids are now simply placed in a charging station over night and are ready to use the next morning. These hearing aids are convenient and are a great solution for people with poor dexterity.
Bluetooth hearing aids
Connect your hearing aids to devices like your smartphone, iPod/iPad, tablet and more and stream sound directly to your ears.
Invisible hearing aids
Our custom made invisible hearing aids sit inside the ear canal so that they cannot be seen by others. They are discrete without sacrificing sound quality.
Made for iPhone & Android
If you are an Apple user, connect directly to your iPhone™, iPad™, iPod Touch™, or Apple Watch™. If you are an Android user, connect directly to your smartphone, tablet, and more.
Digital hearing aids
Modern digital hearing aid technology offers many advanced capabilities and benefits that were not possible with analog technology. Some examples include automatic listening need adaptation, feedback management, and noise management.
Hearing Aid Technology Levels
There are three basic technology levels: Economy, Value and Advanced.
Each technology level offers digital hearing solutions based on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. A consultation with one of our certified audiologists will help you to determine the technology level best suited for your needs and expectations.
"The Big 6"
In audiology, we often refer to the “Big 6” hearing aid manufacturers. These companies are the leaders in hearing healthcare worldwide. At Sackville and Alderney Hearing Centres we specialize in five of "The Big 6" hearing aid manufacturers. All of these manufacturers are based out of Europe where extensive research takes place to provide an improved listening experience for end users. Research is consistently performed to provide optimal sound quality, improved understanding of speech in noise, ease of use, and overall performance.
A leading manufacturer of hearing aids, Widex is a family-owned company that was founded in Denmark in 1956. It was Widex that developed the very first digital in-the-ear hearing aid in the industry in 1995.
Widex hearing aids are praised for their exceptionally clear sound quality. They are also a favourite among musicians, as they provide amplification of the full range of sound, allowing music’s many fluctuations in volume to sound natural and enjoyable.
With the ability to add specialized programs specifically for music, we are able to make precise fine-tuning adjustments to address each individual’s desires and needs for optimal music listening.
Widex hearing aids are also an excellent solution for tinnitus sufferers. In short, tinnitus is the sensation of hearing ringing and/or buzzing - among many other sounds - in the ears. Please click here for more information on tinnitus.
While most tinnitus sufferers report a significant improvement in their tinnitus simply from wearing hearing aids, many patients also benefit from Widex’s unique Zen Therapy. With Zen Therapy, patient’s can choose from many different calming “fractal tones” that can help distract them from their tinnitus.
Widex also provides CROS and BiCROS hearing solutions designed for patients with hearing loss in one ear only, called single-sided deafness, or a hearing loss that is asymmetrical, meaning one ear has significantly poorer hearing than the other. The acronym “CROS” stands for "contralateral routing of signal" where sound from the patient’s “bad ear” is transferred over to their “better ear” to help localize where sounds are coming from and improve understanding of speech in noisy environments.
As with almost all hearing aid manufacturers, Widex hearing aids also have Bluetooth capabilities, allowing users to connect their hearing aids to their cell phones either directly (to an iPhone), or with a streaming device. For more information on Bluetooth connectivity and hearing aid assistive listening devices, please see hearing aid accessories.
Another Danish company, Oticon first began in 1902 when a man named Hans Demant wanted to help his wife with her hearing loss. The company has since grown to be one of the leading hearing aid manufacturers, its parent company William Demant Holding Group, belonging to the Big Six. Oticon has its own leading research facility, the Eriiksholm Research Centre, located in Snekkersten, Denmark.
Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology helps end users to better understand speech in noisy environments such as a busy restaurant. Their OpenSound Navigator™ function constantly analyses the listening environment 360 degrees around the user in real time and reduces unwanted noise while increasing the volume of speech. This significantly reduces listening effort for the end user, allowing for a much more comfortable experience in challenging situations.
Oticon hearing aids are also very good at aiding high-frequency hearing losses that are mostly caused by excessive noise exposure and ageing. Furthermore, many Oticon hearing aids are able to directly connect to iPhones and iPads, as well as Android™ devices through the use of their Connect Clip. As with Widex and Phonak hearing aids, Oticon provides a variety of assistive listening devices that can be used in conjunction with their hearing aids.
Bernafon was founded in 1946 in Bern, Switzerland, hence the name Bernafon! Bernafon is also owned by William Demant Holding Group. Its founder, Hans Gfeller, suffered from hearing loss himself and was motivated to help others with hearing loss. Bernafon produced the world’s first adjustable hearing aid and the worlds first computer-programmable hearing aid. Bernafon hearing aids have ChannelFree™ signal processing which is unique to Bernafon.
Not unlike Oticon’s OpenSound Navigator,™ Bernafon’s Dynamic Environmental Control System™ or DECS™ constantly scans the listening environment and optimizes the signal for the listener in real time. This greatly reduces listening effort for the end user, allowing for a more enjoyable listening experience when excessive background noise is present.
Lastly, many Bernafon hearing aids are able to directly connect to iPhones and iPads, as well as Android™ devices through the use of their SoundClip-A. As with Widex, Phonak and Oticon hearing aids, Bernafon provides a variety of assistive listening devices that can be used in conjunction with their hearing aids.
A Swiss company, Phonak was founded in 1947 in Zurich, Switzerland. As with other leading hearing aid manufacturers, researchers at Phonak are consistently working towards improving the listening experience for its users as well as ease of use and connectivity to Bluetooth devices to improve hearing in a variety of different listening situations.
Phonak provides excellent solutions for our patients with severe-to-profound hearing losses with their power hearing aids, offering among the most powerful hearing aids available today. Phonak also offers exceptional support for connection with FM systems. FM systems be used in conjunction with many of their hearing aids to help improve understanding of speech in noisy environments and where the speaker is far away, such as listening to a speaker in a large auditorium. For further information on FM systems and other assistive listening devices please click here.
While almost all hearing aid manufacturers now offer rechargeable hearing aids, Phonak offers a rechargeable hearing aid that contains a built-in lithium-ion battery. Patients now no longer have to worry about replacing batteries and can instead simply insert their hearing aids into a charging station at the end of the day, as you would a cellular phone.
As with Widex, Phonak offers a CROS and BiCROS solution and as with most other hearing aid manufacturers, many Phonak hearing aids are able to connect directly to iPhones. However, they can also connect directly to Android phones as well!
Unitron was founded in 1956 in Newfoundland, Canada and was the first Canadian hearing aid manufacturer. Like Phonak, Unitron is owned by its parent company, Sonova.
Unitron offers the smallest wireless receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid available, the Moxi Now, at only 20.2 millimeters in length.
Many patients report improved understanding of speech in noisy situations with Unitron’s Tempus Platform. Unitron’s Moxi All hearing aid can connect to all cell phones for hands-free calls. If connected to a smart phone, users can rate their overall experience with their hearing aids and when they come in to see their audiologist for their next visit, their “satisfaction rating” can be seen in the hearing aid programming software. This unique tool is useful in gaining a solid understanding of the patient’s overall success on their journey to better hearing.
As with Widex, Phonak, Oticon and Bernafon hearing aids, Unitron provides a variety of assistive listening devices that can be used in conjunction with their hearing aids as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
The first step to better hearing once a full audiological evaluation has been completed is a hearing aid evaluation with one of our Certified Audiologists. It is during this appointment that we assess a patient’s unique listening and lifestyle needs, along with their hearing evaluation results and determine the most suitable hearing manufacturer for them. This individualized approach allows us to provide the best solution possible for our valued patients.