Hearing Aid Ratings - Hearing Aid Reviews

Whilst trying to find a hearing aid instrument for our mother, we found a lot of interesting facts that could possibly help others get to know more about the world of hearing loss. Here we will show how we did the hearing aid comparisons and some hearing aid ratings. Join us in the quest of reviewing and comparing the best hearing aids.

Widex CROS Hearing Aid

A Widex CROS hearing aid is very useful for those who experience hearing loss asymmetrically. CROS stands for Contralateral Routing Of Signals – which enables a better hearing and localisation of sound in noisy environments.

A CROS hearing aid is very useful to its wearer, especially when they have reduced or no hearing function in one ear and a normal hearing function in the other ear, and where a traditional hearing aid is not useful. This type of hearing aid allows the wearer to hear the sounds from both sides of the head.

In the Widex CROS hearing aid system, there is a large physical distance between the CROS adaptor microphone and the receiver – with each located on either side of the head, therefore, providing a very robust feedback system.

There is a microphone located in the Behind-the-ear (BTE) CROS adaptor, which picks up the sound. The sound is then routed to the amplifier and receiver in the hearing aid which is positioned at the normal hearing functioning ear. In this ear, an open ear mould is used to allow only natural sound to directly enter. A battery which powers the CROS adaptor is positioned by the open ear mould, in the hearing aid on the ear with normal functional hearing.

It is important to get the CROS hearing aid fitted properly, as it should amplify and transfer the sound from the ear with no hearing to the ear with normal hearing function.

It is also important to note that with the CROS hearing aid, the ear with the normal hearing will be able to detect sounds in all directions. The wearer will have to get used to wearing the CROS hearing aid and train their good functioning ear in order to differentiate between the sound and localisation of sound coming from the CROS adaptor and the natural, non-amplified sound entering the good functional ear.

Audibel BTE Virtue Hearing Aids

Some of Audibel’s BTE (behind the ear) Virtue hearing aids are now so advanced that they are very easy to use, adaptable to any environment, hands-free and automatic.
An example is the Virtue 16 hearing aid which incorporates the new nonoscience technology BluWave SP. With this advanced technology it allows the user to have a better and clear hearing experience, with benefits including voice indicators, for example, to remind you if the battery is low, audible appointment reminders. It also has a self checking function where you can conduct home diagnostic tests to check the function of the microphone, circuit and receiver – simply by opening and closing the battery door a few times. With a various range of colours, the Audibel virtue hearing aid can suit everyone’s taste.

Other standard features of the Virtue 16 series include the Active feedback intercept which effectively erases feedback so that the user hears clearly; a better and natural quality in sound due to a system in the hearing aid detecting and classifying different listening environments automatically; a directional speech detector, which can prove most beneficial even in the most nosiest environments and a system to log all the data so that the hearing aid can be fine-tuned and tracked to meet the users’ specific needs.

The Virtue 12 is another Audibel hearing aid, whereby it too, has a very effective feedback erasure system and directional speech detector. It also has the ability to be able to detect and classify sounds in different environments automatically.
Others in the Virtue Series include the Virtue 8 and Virtue 4 which features an automatic telephone response.