Hearing Tracker has broken the news that Sivantos (formerly Siemens Hearing Instruments) and Audibene have launched Hear.com, a new online hearing-aid sales and support site for consumers in the U.S. The site builds on Audibene’s success in Europe operating its own online hearing site and presents head-to-head competition with Sonova’s HearingPlanet web site. Click here to read Hearing Tracker’s exclusive report. [Read more…]
Update 2/3/2017: Kirkland Signature 7.0 was recently released. Read reviews for the KS7 Costco hearing aids.
Costco has made a quiet entry into the Made-for-iPhone hearing aid market, selling its own Kirkland-brand iPhone-compatible hearing aids for $1,799.99 a pair. The new Kirkland Signature 6.0 hearing aids, utilizing technology from Big-Six hearing aid maker GN ReSound, can receive phone calls, music, podcasts and other audio directly from Apple iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices without requiring an intermediate streaming device.
With an aggressive price point for advanced iPhone-compatible features, the hearing aids are Costco’s latest move to expand its footprint in the global hearing-aid market. Once a provider of entry-level hearing aids based on older generations of technology, the “big box” retailer is now pushing up-market by offering higher performance products at attractive prices. Volume purchasing agreements and low-overhead “store-within-a-store” hearing aid centers have enabled Costco to gain market share by undercutting prices charged by independent audiologists. [Read more…]
We recently activated my second implant, and it’s as big a miracle as the first. In January I decided to go ahead if I qualified, and after several months of preliminary testing and insurance screening, I had successful implantation surgery on my left side on March 30. We activated the sound processor on April 14, and I could hear and understand speech immediately.
My hearing with the new cochlear implant is still not as good as on the other side with my first one, where my hearing has steadily improved in the nine months since we turned it on. But in the two weeks since activation of the left side, hearing with it has improved substantially. People’s voices, which initially sounded nasal or guttural, are starting to sound more normal. I’m hearing and identifying more high-frequency sounds. And I’m understanding speech and the TV and radio with it much better than at first. Best of all, together with my right ear, I’m hearing a full range of sound once again, in stereo. I feel more myself again. It’s truly amazing.
Even so, going ahead with the second implant was a major decision. [Read more…]
Imagine a near-invisible, in-ear wireless device that combines hi-fi listening, sensor-driven health and fitness monitoring, hands-free phone calling and user-customizable hearing enhancement into a single package no larger than a peanut. That far-off vision started coming into focus at last week’s International CES show, where wireless headphone makers gave a peak into the future of “hearables,” a new class of in-ear Internet-connected consumer products that one forecaster says will be a $17 billion global market by 2020.
IntriCon’s long-term investment in what it calls the “value hearing health market” is paying off in a big way with its recently signed agreement to distribute low-cost, high-performance hearing aid products through PC Werth Ltd in the United Kingdom. PC Werth has been appointed as one of the main suppliers to the National Health Service (NHS), the largest purchaser of hearing aids in the world, which provides an estimated 1.2 million hearing aids annually to people with hearing loss in the UK. IntriCon also announced it appointed Delain Wright, a well-known hearing industry executive, as vice president of business development to lead its foray into the value hearing health market. [Read more…]
Beltone has joined its sister brand GN ReSound in providing an app that lets users control their hearing aids with their Android smartphones. The new Beltone HearPlus™ app, designed for Beltone First and Beltone Boost hearing aids, initially will work with the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S5 and will expand to include other Android devices later in 2015.
After my cochlear implant surgery was a success and I returned to the world of (more or less) normal hearing, I had a stunning revelation. In the months before my surgery, when my hearing loss had progressed to “profound,” I had been living with a serious disability. But even as I struggled daily with hearing aids that barely helped and as I suffered from growing social isolation in spite of my constantly evolving coping capabilities, I never considered myself to be living with a “disability.” Now I realize I was.
It got me thinking about how people tend to make the best of bad situations, and how denial of the consequences of a loss is one way of enabling you to cope with that loss. And even though I now realize I had a real disability, I still find it impossible to think of myself in any way as “unable.” Rather I feel my disability “enabled” me to learn to deal with all kinds of adversity in creative, enabling ways. [Read more…]
With its new Z Series hearing aids, Starkey Hearing Technologies has improved wireless connectivity between its hearing aids and peripheral audio streaming devices. The company said its new 900sync™ technology utilizing the 900 MHz transmission band enables more robust sound and “virtually drop free” streaming into the hearing aids from a normal range of five meters or less. [Read more…]