The Ria Pro from Oticon is part of their new range which is bringing the latest modern technology to an entry level hearing aid. The Ria Pro is a discrete hearing aid with all the benefits of the Ria with some excellent additions at an affordable price. View the new model, the Ria2 Pro, here.
This hearing aid, like the Ria, works on a 8kHz frequency bandwidth and is powerful enough to help those with severe and profound hearing losses. The Ria Pro uses smart frequency shifting and phase inversion technology to enhance the sounds you want to hear while reducing the distraction of background noise. The hearing aids can assess your listening environment to see if it is quiet or noisy and automatically reset themselves to reduce background noise and enhance speech. This is designed to improve your hearing in any situation. The Inium feedback shield suppresses the sound of feedback before you hear it without causing any distortion to the sound around you.
The Ria Pro also features 16 channels along with a single compression signal processing system. The channels in the hearing aid collect and process each sound frequency to give you the clearest sound. The compression signal processing system is designed to take the sound frequencies that you can no longer hear and alter them so that they are within your hearing range.
Oticon’s YouMatic technology is also used in their more expensive hearing aid ranges. This technology allows the hearing aid to be personally programmed to you and your hearing needs. This means that, whatever your lifestyle, you will get the ideal sound in each environment. Your own personal profile will be programmed into the hearing aid so there is no need to alter the settings.
The Pro is also equipped with binaural synchronisation for those who wear two hearing aids. This technology allows the hearing aids to communicate with each other and make sure they are always on the same programme and volume setting. So no more fiddling about trying to manually get your hearing aids set to the same volume.
The remote control lets you change the volume and settings quickly and discretely, so no one needs to know you are adjusting your hearing aid. Balanced surround sound enables the hearing aid user to hear sound from all around them and makes it easier to work out where sound is coming from.
The Ria Pro gives you a focused listening experience. When you are socialising and listening to a conversation in a place with lots of background noise, such as a restaurant or bar, the Essential Free Focus program adjusts the directional microphones to help you listen to the person talking. The digital noise reduction program will reduce background noise allowing you to concentrate on what is being said. You can also take control of the directional microphones with the remote control to focus your own listening to certain areas, so that you can hear speech with better clarity.
The Ria Pro has built in Bluetooth connectivity and can utilise the Connect line range of wireless streaming devices, such as the Oticon Streamer Pro which enables you to stream the sound from mobile phone calls directly to your hearing aids. It will also let you connect to your Apple device such as your iPhone or iPad. Other Connect accessories include a home telephone and television device which can connect wirelessly to the streamer making it easy to call people on the phone and listen to your favourite programmes without having the sound too loud for others in the room.
Paul has been in the audiological industry for over 20 years. He studied audiology at Cambridge and has worked in both the manufacturing and retail sectors of the industry. He worked for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers as Trainer, Product Manager and also Sales Director. He later became the National Sales Manager for one of the national hearing aid retailers. He has dispensed many hearing aids as a private audiologist and he sits on the Council of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
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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.