Hearing Technology Solutions
Services at RK Audiology include hearing evaluations, real ear measurement, video otoscopy (view of the ear with a small video camera which transmits images to a larger screen), earwax removal, ear impressions, and the evaluation, programming, service and repair of all major hearing device brands.
RK Audiology is a Premier Provider of Lyric hearing instruments.
Lyric is a great solution for active lifestyles and those seeking discreet hearing instruments. Incredible hearing, all day, every day. Lyric is 100% invisible, hassle-free, sweat proof and shower proof, worn 24/7 for 2-3 months at a time.
RK offers the Oticon Opn, with exceptional performance in noise, bringing a full soundscape to hear multiple speakers and actively participate in conversations with more participants. The Oticon ON app provides discreet remote control of your devices, allowing you to adjust volume, change listening programs and use the Find My Hearing Aids option.
Oticon will soon release HearingFitness – the world’s first hearing fitness tracking technology. Just like an exercise app, HearingFitness tracks use and provides insight in optimizing your health. These are based on big data analytics that combines lifestyle and healthcare data with local sound environment analysis.
To read more about HearingFitness, click here.
SUPPORT & CARE:
Need help with your hearing instruments outside of our office hours? Send us a message here or check out the options for additional online help, below.
Online help is available 24/7 to fix common challenges and/or help in pairing your hearing instruments with your smartphone or other accessories. See below for support links for Oticon, Phonak, Resound, Siemens (Signia), Sonic, Starkey, and Widex.
- Click here for Oticon.
- Click here for Phonak.
- Click here for Resound.
- Click here for Signia (Siemens).
- Click here for Sonic.
- Click here for Starkey.
- Click here for Widex.
High-Tech Options Released
Many hearing aid devices now have a rechargeable option, ZPower.
An easy overnight charge gives you full power for the day without the hassle of handling batteries.
Resound has just introduced the LiNX 3D, the next level of technology from the impressive LiNX line of hearing instruments. Easily and discreetly personalize and control your hearing instruments with advanced and intuitive apps.
The BEYOND from Widex is the only made-for-iPhone hearing aid with an app that uses the familiar swipe function. You can adjust sound settings and listening preferences, use personal pictures and even create sound templates for specific listening situations – such as being at a restaurant or with family and friends. The BEYOND App also works with Android phones.
Customize your listening experience by matching to your own preferences, easily, discreetly from your phone. Additional helpful features include “find my hearing aid” and geotagging. With this feature, the wearer can set a certain location (such as the car, favorite restaurant or theater) with particular settings. When re-visiting the same place, the device will prompt the user to activate these same settings.
Hearing instrument styles may be broadly classified as standard or custom. In addition, they may be further defined as daily or extended wear.
Standard includes receiver-in-the-ear (RITE), receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) and behind-the-ear (BTE) devices. These are designed to fit most ears and usually require some customization of the earpiece and the connection of the device to the earpiece.
Custom includes in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), completely-in-the-canal (CIC) and invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) devices. These require a custom-molded shell which houses the electronics. Both standard and custom hearing aid technology are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Read more about the Virto B-Titanium, the discreet custom-made IIC hearing aid from Phonak.
Extended wear devices are non-surgically placed in each ear canal by an audiologist and stay in 24/7 for 2-3 months at a time. These invisible hearing aid devices are purchased on a subscription basis and replaced in our office.
Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPS)
Personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) are devices used to amplify hard-to-hear sounds for those with normal hearing. For example, PSAPs may help to hear from the back of a lecture hall, while eating in a crowded restaurant or to assist in hearing the high-pitched call of various birds while bird watching.
Sound Advice: If your hearing is impaired, don’t use a PSAP as a substitute for a hearing aid. That may delay the diagnosis of a potentially treatable condition, and cause more damage to your hearing.
(Excerpt taken from the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information: Buying a Hearing Aid)
One or Two Hearing Aids
If both ears need amplification, your audiologist will recommend two devices. Research has shown that two hearing aids provide superior benefit including better word recognition in quiet and noisy backgrounds, better quality of sound, localization ability, and more natural hearing.
Research has also shown that when both ears have hearing loss and only one ear is fitted, the unaided ear may lose speech recognition ability more rapidly than the fitted ear.
Several features are available to improve your hearing technology experience. Directional microphones enhance speech understanding in noise, smart algorithms help manage background noise, feedback cancellation alleviates the annoyance of whistling and buzzing, and telephone/telecoil options access sound from phones and other sound sources.
Smart apps, wireless / bluetooth / remote microphone technologies allow for smart communication between hearing devices as well as pairing to cell phones, TV, MP3 players and other devices.
Following your hearing evaluation and hearing instrument selection, the devices are fit and programmed, tailored to your own hearing thresholds, communication needs and preferences.
Your new hearing instruments will allow you to hear without discomfort while being secure and physically comfortable. This new technology will be evaluated in our office with tests including real ear measurement, as well as in sound environments important to you.
Untreated hearing loss impairs memory, may cause difficulty related to learning new tasks and may result in decreased job performance. Hearing loss treated with the use of hearing technology has been shown to decrease fatigue and irritability, lower risk to personal safety and decrease withdrawal from social situations. Numerous research studies have found that the regular use of hearing aids increases the wearer’s quality of life.
Portions of this information has been republished with permission from the American Academy of Audiology.
For more information, review the Consumer Reports Hearing Aid Buying Guide, updated September 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although the rechargeable battery has plenty of power for the day, you can still use standard disposable batteries in emergencies.
It’s always smart to have a backup. Opn’s hybrid battery design allows you to use either a rechargeable or a standard battery. You can be confident that your hearing will not be interrupted if you forgot to charge.
Hearing instruments including the Oticon OPN have proven sound generator technology integrated into the hearing aids for all styles and performance levels to help with relief from ringing in the ears (tinnitus). The wearer can select from a wide range of customizable tinnitus relief sounds which are dynamic, yet soothing — including broadband (white, pink and red noise) and nature sounds, including the sound of the ocean. Wearers can discreetly adjust these sounds using an iPhone or Android device.
Read more about tinnitus and treatment from the American Tinnitus Association.
- More reassuring – Charging your hearing aids overnight quickly becomes a routine. The charger gives them an overnight “home” so you always remember where they are, and you can count on a full charge in the morning, so you are ready for your day.
- More convenient – There’s no need to replace batteries every few days. You don’t even have to open the battery drawer.
- More efficient – Save the time, money and environmental impact of buying hundreds of batteries every year.
New rechargeable options from Phonak are making the news. You can enjoy 24 hours of hearing with one simple charge.