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Manufacturer:Oticon
Model:Ria 2
Style:Behind the Ear
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Details & Features

The Ria2 is an entry level wireless hearing aid from Oticon, using their latest processing platform, Inium Sense.  Ideal for less demanding listening environments this hearing aid provides access to the latest technology with fewer additional features than the rest of the Ria range, so you don’t need to buy programs which you won’t use.

Features include:

4 bands controlling 16 channels

Each band processes a different group of frequency channels to give you a great listening experience. This also enables your audiologist to finely tune your hearing aid to your needs.

Noise Reduction

Background noise is a common problem for those with hearing loss. Many hearing aids amplify all the noise around you, which doesn’t help if you are trying to hear someone talking. This program is designed to reduce the effect of background noise on speech understanding, making it easier to hear someone talking when you are in a busy environment.

Windnoise Reduction

This program reduces the sound of wind noise, making outdoor conversations clearer and less stressful.

BrainHearing Technology

These hearing aids use their wireless capability to ensure they are always working together. They synchronise their programs and settings with Binaural Coordination. This means that if you change the setting or volume on one hearing aid, the other hearing aid will change as well.

YouMatic Essential

This program creates a profile which is tailored to your hearing needs for different situations, such as when you are at work or out with friends. The Ria2 comes with 1 listening profile with 3 different levels for better hearing.

FreeFocus Essential

This program controls the directional microphones in the hearing aids. It allows the hearing aids to focus your hearing in three different directions depending on where the speech sounds are coming from. This is ideal for busy situation where you want to focus on speech sounds and reduce the effect of background noise.

Inium Feedback Shield

Designed to recognise the annoying sound of feedback and remove it before you can hear it, without affecting sound quality.

Fittings and colours:

These hearing aids are available in a range of colours and fittings, so you can find the right one to fit your needs and your lifestyle. Fittings include:

  • Completely In Canal (CIC)
  • In The Canal (ITC)
  • Mini Receiver In The Ear (MiniRITE)
  • Receiver In The Ear (RITE)
  • Mini Behind The Ear (miniBTE)
  • Behind The Ear (BTE)

*The ITC, ITE, RITE and BTE fittings all have a telecoil (t-switch) for linking to loop systems and the RITE, miniBTE and BTE fittings have a volume switch, giving you more control over your hearing*

Accessories

These wireless hearing aids are fully compatible with Oticon’s range of ConnectLine accessories and sound streamers.  The ConnectLine Streamer Pro turns your hearing aids into a wireless headset and, by linking to other media streamers in the range, gives you control over listening to the TV or music, at a volume to suit you.  Using the ConnectLine App for iPhone, you can change the settings on your hearing aids as well as streaming phone calls.

Other accessories include a mini microphone, which you can give to the person you are listening to and their voice will be streamed to your hearing aids, cutting out the background noise.

Written by Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

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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£725
per aid
£1395
per pair
£725
per aid
£1395
per pair
Tech Rating:
£725
per aid
£1395
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, MC, CIC, ITC, ITE

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Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, MC, CIC, ITC, ITE

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£625
per aid
£1195
per pair
£625
per aid
£1195
per pair
Tech Rating:
£625
per aid
£1195
per pair

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, MC, CIC, ITC, ITE

View Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, MC, CIC, ITC, ITE

View Full Range

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Hearing Aids - What's included in our 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.

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