In 2013, Bernafon launched their latest range of hearing aids known as the Acriva. This hearing aid is available at two technology levels, of which the Acriva 9 is the higher. It is available in four BTE (Behind The Ear) styles and seven custom ITE (In The Ear) models.
Like all Bernafon hearing aids, the Acriva 9 features their unique ChannelFree™ signal processing. Most manufacturers split the incoming sounds into a specific number of channels, with each channel processing a range of frequencies. In this instance, the more channels you have means the more specifically the hearing aid can be tuned. With Bernafon’s technology, the hearing aids will continuously adjust the gain as the signal is not split which is designed to give the wearer a more natural sound quality.
The Acriva 9 also features Bernafon’s new Audio Efficiency 2.0 technology. This has allowed them to introduce some excellent new features as well as improving on their key ones. This further improves the sound quality and your overall listening experience.
These features include Adaptive Feedback canceller Plus, Adaptive Noise Reduction Plus and Transient Noise reduction which are all designed to suppress the sounds you don’t want to hear such as background noise, whistling or unexpected noises. On the Acriva 9, the Adaptive Noise Reduction Plus has four control states.
The Acriva 9 also includes the new Frequency Composition feature. This will take the higher frequency sounds and compress them into a lower frequency range to increase their audibility.
Features such as the Environment Optimiser, True Directionality and Adaptive High Frequency Directionality work with your environment and the hearing aid’s microphones to ensure you receive the clearest sound possible.
There is also a Data Logging feature which will record the activity of your hearing aids. This allows your audiologist to get a clear view of how the aids are performing so they can ensure you are getting the best sound possible.
The Acriva 9 also has dedicated Cinema and Music programs that are not available on the Acriva 7. It also has 13 listening program options to allow you to personalise the hearing aids.
These hearing aids also come with wireless compatibility. Bernafon have designed a range of accessories to allow you to connect your hearing aids to a range of everyday devices.
The SoundGate 2 is a handy streamer that allows you to pair your hearing aids to bluetooth enabled devices such as mobile phones or music players.
There is also a remote control available that lets the user control the basic functions of their hearing aids such as program or volume settings.
Many people who wear hearing aids report that they often have difficulty with watching TV as they often still have to turn the volume u to levels that may be uncomfortable for others. With Bernafon’s TV Adaptor, you can have the sound sent directly into the hearing aids so everyone can listen at a volume right for them.
Also available is the Phone Adaptor 2. This allows you to connect wirelessly to your landline phone.
The Acriva 9 is the top level of technology in this new range of hearing aids from Bernafon. It has a wide range of colours and styles to choose from and includes many excellent features designed to improve your hearing in any situation or environment. If you are looking for a lower cost option but with similar styles and features you may want to try the Acriva 7. It does not include all of the features available on the Acriva 9 but has the same style options and wireless capability.
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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.
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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.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
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.