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Oticon Rechargeable Hearing Aid Update

The fall of 2017 was all about rechargeable hearing aids.  Oticon, Widex, Starkey, Resound and Unitron all worked with a company called Zpower https://zpowerbattery.com/ to produce a silver-zinc rechargeable battery option for the above-named hearing aid companies. The benefit of this style of battery is that it can be interchanged with a regular disposable battery.  Unlike Lithium-ion batteries, the battery is not encased into the hearing aid.

The downside to this style of battery is that about 15-20% of people using them find the batteries are dying after only 6-8 hours of use.  Oticon had a solution to change the rechargeable battery door which was an improvement in the battery life for many people.  However, some people continue to have difficulties with this type of battery.

Z power has launched a charger firmware update that should be installed into your charger if you are having difficulties with the length of time you are getting from one charge.  If you look at your charger, you will see that there is a USB plug that fits into the wall charger.  Unplug the cord from the wall plug in and plug the USB end into your computer. Do not put your hearing aids into the charger when updating.

Then you will need to download this firmware updater into your charger.  Open the link below to update your charger:

https://zpowerhearing.com/fwupdates/

Other helpful tips include

  1. Always fully charge the batteries until the light in the charging dock is solid green. This takes approximately 7 hours.
  2. Wipe off any moisture on the hearing aids or charging dock before charging using a soft tissue.  Do not use rubbing alcohol or other chemicals
  3. If you are not using your hearing aids for an extended period of time, take the batteries out.

Look here for a useful video about best practices for the charging process:

ZPower Best Practices

New Hearing Aid Technology from Unitron

In this video I am talking to Tali, the Unitron representative.  Unitron has a new product that is both rechargeable and can stream phone calls from an android phone to hearing aids.

Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Newest Hearing Aid Technology from Widex

In this video I am speaking with Ryan from Widex.  Widex has just announced the release of their new product called “Evoke”.  Evoke will be available mid-May, and at the time of this video, Ryan was not allowed to talk in advance about the product, but we know now they have a more powerful and flexible processing chip than ever before. 

It is also using a new app called Evoke, which gives people more flexibility in adjusting their hearing aid via the app.

It still has iPhone connectivity and rechargeability.

New Hearing Aid Technology from ReSound

In this video I am speaking to Susan from Resound. Resound is working hard on their platform to assist with telehealth.  If you have a Resound hearing aid, you can use the app to send an email to your Audiologist who can then pull up your hearing file, make an adjustment to your hearing aids, then send that adjustment through the cloud and back to your device.

From the device, you can load the change your Audiologist made and then choose to accept the change if you like it or reject it to return to previous settings.

Very exciting technology!

Erin

 

Oticon's New Hearing Aid Technology for 2018

In this video you will hear me talking to our Oticon Rep, Rebecca. She's describing how Oticon’s Brain Hearing Platform works by analyzing sound environments and cleaning up the signal for maximum speech intelligibility in a noisy environment. This is exciting technology and I recommend you take a look! Erin