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The Juna 9 is the highest specification hearing aid in the Bernafon range. It is suitable for more demanding and challenging listening situations and is an ideal hearing aid for those with an active and sociable lifestyle.
Bernafon’s channel free technology enables excellent sound amplification without separating the sounds into separate bandwidths like multi channel hearing aids do. Because the bandwidths aren’t separated before processing, it creates a more natural sound.
Speech clarity can vary greatly depending on a person’s level of hearing loss. The speech cue priority feature allows the hearing aids to be programmed in two different ways. The hearing aids can pick up and emphasise phoneme cues for users with mild to moderate hearing losses. For those with more severe hearing loss the aids are programmed to pick up ‘envelope speech cues’ for better speech clarity.
These hearing aids can tell the difference between speech and background noise allowing you to turn up the volume of the speech sounds around you without raising the volume of the background noise as well. Turning the volume down will reduce the effect of background noise without reducing the volume or clarity of the speech sounds. The Juna 9 can also remember your favourite volume settings and auto adapt when you are in a similar environment.
This Juna program automatically focuses your listening on the speech sounds around you – no matter which direction they are coming from. Noise reduction works to suppress all non speech noise, giving you better listening clarity in more challenging environments. The Juna 9 also has an Ultra Comfort mode for very noisy environments and a ‘comfort in airplane’ mode, ideal for those who fly frequently.
The Juna 9 can detect wind noise and remove it before you know it’s there, making it easier to hear when you are outside.
This program is designed to reduce the echo or reverberation of voices which is common in large halls. It does this by recognising the echo and removing it without making other sounds harsh or tinny.
Some background noise such as cutlery scraping or bags rustling can be very loud and uncomfortable for hearing aid users. This program reduces the volume of these harsh sudden sounds to maximise listening comfort.
These hearing aids can recognise music and change the restrictions the other programs make on background noise, giving you a more natural listening experience. All wireless models are fully compatible with Bernafon’s range of listening streamers. The Soundgate 3 Bluetooth device allows the hearing aids to stream sound wirelessly from your phone or television. The Soundgate app for iPhone works with the iPhone 7 or higher, allowing you to stream sound directly from your iPhone.
These hearing aids are available in a range of fittings from the nearly invisible Completely In Canal fitting to a Power Behind the Ear model.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.