People who have severe to profound hearing loss wear hearing aids that are called power, superpower or ultra power hearing aids. They are generally a touch larger than other hearing aids, but recent launches have proven that powerful hearing aid technology is getting smaller and therefore so are the devices themselves.
The reason that powerful hearing aids are bigger is due to the need for more circuitry. These hearing aids are usually worn behind the ear (BTE) and also with a custom earmould that generally runs on a 675 battery or the smaller 13 battery. BTE's are the popular choice for high-power aids because they are also more flexible and offer more personalisation and access to sounds based on the placement of the microphone. In this article, we will discuss the most recent powerful hearing aids available on the market today.
Accessing the right fit is key to a successful hearing aid - no matter how much power it holds. But for powerful hearing aids, it is imperative - the main goal is to reduce feedback, as a poor fit ear mould will cause feedback. Your audiologist will base the right power hearing aid for you and your hearing loss needs on how much power it provides, how successful it controls feedback and its circuitry. A lot of people who have severe to a profound hearing loss like the use of telecoils to pair to loop systems in theatres and other large venues and these are commonplace in such hearing devices - to enhance their listening experience in a busy and noisy atmosphere.
People with hearing loss of this level also get huge benefits from investing in wireless accessories that pair to both your powerful hearing aids and in some cases your smartphone. Accessories such as Remote Mics, TV Streamers and Phonak Adapters make the challenging environments of life just that little bit easier.
Severe to profound hearing loss is successfully treated with high-powered hearing aids. These hearing aids include many of the same features of hearing aids to treat other levels of hearing loss. The only other additions are extra amplification and more advanced speech recognition features.
Most hearing aid manufacturers in today's industry offer powerful hearing aids for this niche consumer - let's take a look at the most powerful hearing aids on the market for 2020 / 2021 and break down their main features.
‘World’s most powerful hearing aid’ Oticon
The Xceed power hearing aids provide those with severe to profound hearing loss acquire 360 degrees access to more speech than past models and, in fact, ever before. The Oticon Xceed, like their Opn and OpnS range - includes their famous BrainHearing technology with 11dB refinement in signal-to-noise ratio. This advanced addition improves speech clarity and short-term recall and reduces other challenges that those with profound hearing loss face every day.
The Oticon Xceed is also built on the Velox S platform and includes OpenSound Navigator to better speech access and less listening effort support - providing optimum gain and less feedback for the wearer.
146 dB SPL and 87 dB gain
"The most trusted power hearing aid featuring hands-free calls and Roger streaming without an external receiver" Phonak
Phonak Naida is the first superpower BTE that incorporates hands-free calls that directly streams from your iPhone or Android mobile phone, as well as other Bluetooth devices. Using the AirStream technology, Nadia can stream from TV and stereos systems within your home - switching between speech and music signals and adjusting accordingly to give an optimum listening experience. Use their TV Connector to enjoy your favourite TV programmes and films, which will send sound to your hearing aids like wireless headphones.
Bluetooth connectivity is a real benefit to those with profound hearing loss, so they can hear exactly the same as people with normal hearing do. Phonak's myCall-to-text is also a device highlight, as it transcribes calls in real-time - providing you with live subtitles on your smartphone.
139 dB SPL and 75 dB gain
"So much more than just powerful" Resound
Like with other types of hearing loss, clarity of sound is paramount to everyday living and having the additional ability to tailor those sounds to suit your hearing loss needs is priceless. Enzo Q offers you this and ensures that all variants of annoying whistling noises are a thing of the past – even when you have your aids on a high-volume setting.
This hearing aid also improves speech understanding by up to 60% without isolating you from the background noise - giving you a stress-free listening experience every day. Enzo Q evaluates your environment and adjusts the volume needed automatically, so sound is always controlled and comfortable wherever you are.
With Enzo Q you can stream directly from either an Apple or Android device seamlessly in comfort and with a high quality of sound. Resound also states that you will be able to understand your phone conversations by up to 50% with Enzo Q's wireless Bluetooth calls from any phone.
HP Model: 134 dB SPL and 73 dB gain
SP Model: 141 dB SPL and 83 dB gain
"Reveal your spontaneity" Bernafon
As well as 2.4 GHz Low-Energy Bluetooth technology for fast audio streaming and a great network of wireless accessories - Bernafon's Dynamic Environment Control System (DECS) is the superstar of this hearing aid.
The core technology behind Leox combines clever dynamic features - securing outstanding amplification and speech recognition in real-time. It supports you in all manners of complex hearing situations, whilst using Dynamic Feedback Canceller - a snappy solution to acoustic feedback.
Super Power Model: 143 dB
Ultra Power Model: 146 dB
There are various technologies for those who are deaf, such as cochlear implants, visual alert systems, FM systems, loop systems, accessible telephones and videophones. Plus, you'd be surprised to know that digital hearing aids can really help deaf people's understanding of the world around them.
In short, hearing aids can assist them to hear more sound. However, how the brain uses this sound varies on what hearing aid and power they are using. Some people who wear powerful 'deaf aids' do so to take advantage of amplified speech sounds. When combined with lip-reading and sign language - they gain from higher environmental awareness.
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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.