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Bernafon Alpha 3 Hearing Aids - miniRITE / miniRITE T R / miniBTE / miniBTE T R / Custom In Ear Hearing Aids

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£995 per aid
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Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Manufacturer:Bernafon
Model:Alpha 3
Style:Behind the Ear & In the Ear
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Bernafon Alpha 3 Hearing Aids Overview

 

October 2022 Update: Bernafon introduced the new custom In Ear hearing aid options.  Please see below the style breakdown for this range.

October 2021 Update:  Bernafon added a miniRITE T R, miniBTE T R and miniBTE models to this range. They is also a new charging system - the Charger Plus.  Offering a portable power bank with three full charges and convenient charging on the go.

 

An introduction to the Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aids

This is one of the introductory performance levels in this hearing aid range, if you want to see the top technology level and the full feature set, click here for the Bernafon Alpha 9.  

If you want more information about this hearing aid range, you can call us free on 0800 567 7621 to speak with one of our audiologists.  We can also advise on whether this hearing aid is best suited for you or we can book a free hearing assessment. 

Alternatively, you can watch the Bernafon Alpha launch video, our Alpha unboxing video and view all Alpha hearing aid prices below.

 

Comparing the Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aids with the 9 - what main features do you lose?

  • Noise Balancer: Although there is still the Speech Balancer included, the Noise Balancer isn't.  Both tune sound amplification in the presence or absence of speech.
  • Binaural Noise Manager: This is part of the comfort in sound features of the Hybrid Feedback Canceller technology.  Some of these still feature in this performance level, such as the Transient Noise Reduction and Wind Noise Manager.  You are just missing the full feature spectrum.

 

Bernafon Alpha 3 Behind Ear hearing aid styles

  • miniRITE T: This is the smallest Receiver In Ear (RIC) hearing aid, which has a telecoil, double push button and is ideal for mild to profound hearing loss.
  • miniRITE T R: Same as above, but with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • miniBTE T: This is the smallest Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aid, with telecoil, single push button and ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • miniBTE T R: Same as above, but with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

 

Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aid styles:  In-Ear options

  • ITE (Full Shell): This is the biggest of the custom In the Ear wireless models and fits fully in the external ear. Ideal for those with limited dexterity, limited vision and mild to severe hearing loss.
  • ITE (Half Shell): This wireless hearing aid fits half in the external ear. Ideal for those with limited dexterity and reduced vision. Ideal for those with limited dexterity, limited vision mild to severe hearing loss.
  • ITC: This wireless In the Canal hearing aid is ideal for those with limited dexterity and slight to severe hearing loss.
  • CIC: This discreet non-wireless Completely in the Canal hearing aid fits almost fully in the ear canal - so almost invisible. Ideal for mild to severe hearing loss.
  • IIC: This discreet none-wireless Invisible in the Canal hearing aid fits deep inside the ear canal and is almost entirely invisible. Ideal for mild to severe hearing loss.
  • In Ear hearing aid colours: There are up to five colours to choose from, as most hearing aid brands tend to add to their colour ways, it is best to ask your audiologist which ones are available at your appointment.

 

Other performance levels in the Bernafon Alpha hearing aid range:

►Bernafon Alpha 9 hearing aids

►Bernafon Alpha 7 hearing aids

►Bernafon Alpha 5 hearing aids

►Bernafon Alpha 1 hearing aids

 

Want to know more about the Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aids?

Read more about the Bernafon Alpha 3 digital hearing aids and the rest of the family on our range page here

Alternatively, you can call us free on 0800 567 7621 to speak with one of our audiologists to find out more about this hearing aid range, whether this hearing aid is best suited for you or to book a free hearing assessment.

 

 

**Please note, there will be an additional surcharge of £125 if we are pairing a single hearing aid with an existing aid bought from another company where we are taking over the aftercare responsibilities and looking after both hearing aids**

Written by Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert & Founder

Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.



Explore Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aid prices, video and brochure below

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Watch our Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aid unboxing video below

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Technical Details

Rechargeable options? Yes
Hearing aid styles In Ear & Behind Ear
Compatibility Android & iPhone
Bluetooth Yes

What's included in our hearing aid prices?

Full Hearing Test & Examination by a Registered Audiologist
Fitting and Programming of Hearing Aid(s)
All Aftercare and Fine Tuning for Life
Full Manufacturer's Warranty
60 Day Full Money Back Guarantee
Is this the best model for me?

If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?

In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.

  • Audiologist level of knowledge. The audiologist you have seen will hopefully have a wide knowledge of all available hearing aids, however some will only be familiar with a small number of brands and therefore may not really be in a position to know which model is the best for you. It is OK to challenge their recommendation and ask them to justify why this particular brand is the one for you.
  • Do research. Read about the hearing aid that was recommended. Does it seem like it will suit your lifestyle? Does it have more or less features than you need? 
  • Be aware of sales targets. Many high street retailers have specific tie-ins to a particular manufacturer/brand. The hearing aid they have suggested may still be the correct one for you, but do your research so that you know why they might have recommended it.

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.

Do I need one hearing aid or two?

If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:

Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.

Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.

Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.

Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.

Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.

What are the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids?

For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up. 

For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.

One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.

Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.

Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.

 

Are behind the ear aids better than in the ear aids?

For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.

The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.

However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.

People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.

There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.

Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.

What are channels, and how many do I need?

Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.

The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.

Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.

Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.

As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.

Where can I get the hearing aids covered?

Hearing aids are easily lost, misplaced or damaged and typically are one of the most expensive personal possessions an individual can own. We offer hearing aid warranty cover for £80 per year per aid.  Find out more here

How much does the hearing test cost?

All our audiologists use the very latest technology and provide the full range of tests to accurately measure your hearing for free.  Find out about what we offer all our customers here

Do home visits cost extra?

Hearing Aid UK offers all their customers free home visiting services and home visits for hearing aids - Including hearing tests, fittings, maintenance, check-ups and much more in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.  Find out more information here

How come you're much cheaper than other places?

Here, at Hearing Aid UK, we are dedicated to offering low hearing aid prices. We achieve this by having no head office and low marketing costs.   Our hearing aid prices are amongst the lowest you will find anywhere in the world.

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