The Alera TS 5 was launched by Resound to offer a solution for those who suffer with tinnitus. Not only does this hearing aid manage your hearing loss, it can also help to ease the discomfort of your tinnitus symptoms. Using different sounds, the TSG (Tinnitus Sound Generator) helps to draw your attention away from the irritating noise of your tinnitus, making it more manageable.
The Alera TS 5 is available as either an RIE (Receiver In Ear), BTE (Behind The Ear) or as a custom fit RM (Remote Microphone) hearing aid. You can also choose from a range of colours to further personalise your device.
Along with the TSG (Tinnitus Sound Generator), these hearing aids come with a wide range of features to help manage your hearing loss. This model has 9 sound processing channels which means your hearing aids can be programmed to suit your individual requirements. It also has two programmes that you can set to work in the environments you find yourself in most often.
The Alera TS 5 also has DFS (Digital Feedback Suppression) which can help to eliminate any annoying whistling noises. It also has Resound’s Advanced Noise Tracker II which has been designed to remove background noises ensuring you hear the speech sounds clearly.
This hearing aid also has a Softswitching feature which means that it will detect the different levels of speech and sound and slowly adapt the microphones to maintain listening comfort. These models can also detect where speech is coming from and automatically adjust the microphone thanks to Adaptive Directionality.
Another feature of these hearing aids is the Onboard Analyzer II. Using this, your audiologist can gather information about your hearing aids activity and review it by feeding it into a computer.
The Alera TS 5 also features Resound’s innovative iSolate Nanotech technology. By using nanotechnology, they have applied a highly waterproof coating to these hearing aids. This gives further protection from substances such as earwax or water, which can help to prolong the life of your hearing aid.
This hearing aid has even more to offer as it is compatible with Resound’s Unite range of wireless accessories.
With the Unite TV, you no longer need to argue over the TV volume as this device will stream the sound directly into your hearing aids as if you were wearing headphones. The Unite Phone Clip allows you to have the sound from your mobile phone sent wirelessly to your hearing aids so you hear the conversation in both ears.
Another accessory available is the Unite Mini Microphone. This device can offer a solution to those who find it difficult to have a normal one to one conversation in a noisy environment. Simply clip this accessory onto another person’s clothes, or place it on a table in front of them and the sound of their voice will be streamed into your hearing aids.
There is also a remote control available to give you easy push button control over the essential features of your hearing aids such as volume and programme selection.
The Alera TS 5 has a good range of features and offers the added bonus of wireless capability. It is available in a range of styles and colours to suit your individual needs and preference. Thanks to the TSG (Tinnitus Sound Generator), this model gives not only a solution to your hearing loss, but can help to ease the symptoms for those suffering with tinnitus.
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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.
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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.