Digital Hearing Care attended the Hearbuy hearing aid industry conference mid September, lots of new things to tell you about. We will post in more detail about individual manufacturers and their recent offerings fairly shortly but here's a run down of what's in store;

Phonak Hearing Aids - Phonak have a big launch planned for October, they are keeping things under wraps but Digital Hearing Care have been informed it's going to be a big event, maybe a new raft of technology being launched?

Oticon Hearing Aids - Oticon have a launch later this month towards the end of September for a mid range product, all indications are it will be a mid range offering based on the very successful Rise 2 chip and the Oticon Agil / Agil Pro.

Widex Hearing Aids - Widex are very excited to launch their new wireless products, the new wireless accessories will be available alongside the new Widex Clear 440 which will be available later this month.

Unitron Hearing Aids - Unitron are pretty excited about their new Unitron Tandem CROS / BiCros product, they tell me it is literally flying off the shelves! For a niche product it seems to have caught people's imaginations! Our head hearing aid audiologist Paul Minikin is trying out a Unitron Tandem on his mother in the next few days and will be very interetsed to see how she hets on with the device....

GN ReSound Hearing Aids - GN ReSound launched their new ReSound Alera product just before the conferenece, initially as a RIC product with some really interesting new wireless accessories, their ideas certainly seem to be pushing the technology in the right direction.

Bernafon Hearing Aids - Bernafon added an entry level version of their patented 'Channelfree' technology to their range of hearing aids. The new Bernafon Inizia complements the existing range of Bernafon Veras and Bernafon Verite.

Of course Siemens Hearing Aids and Starkey Hearing Aids have recently brought new offerings to the fore, Siemens with the launch mid year with their full upgrade of the Siemens Pure, Life and Motion range of hearing aids, Starkey with the IQ upgrade to their successful Starkey 'S' Series and the ground breaking Starkey OtoLens.

We will post in more detail individually about all these exciting new products over the next few days or so, we hope we've whetted your appetite in the meantime!

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The Siemens Hearing Aids ePen Remote Control for hearing instruments has been given an international red dot award for outstanding product design.

It can adjust the volume and programs of hearing instruments. The ePen from Siemens Hearing Aids is shaped like a fountain pen and was judged on degree of innovation, functionality and symbolic standing, fending off thousands of entries.



The ePen allows users to adjust the volume and programs of their hearing instruments by twisting the bottom of the ePen, or pressing the relevant buttons in the hiden control section. You can also turn the hearing instruments on and off using this innovative remote control.

Its subtle approach and discreet design impressed a panel of experts who judged products on criteria such as emotional content and self-explanatory qualities. 

This year’s awards saw more than 4000 entries and 1600 participants from 57 countries. The red dot accolade was presented to Siemens at a gala event in Essen, Germany on the 5th July and is the ePen’s second award for outstanding design as it also received the 2010 Product Design Award.



Trevor Andrews, Managing Director of Siemens Hearing Aids in the UK said, “We are delighted to receive this international award. It is a clear recognition of our commitment to deliver innovations that make a real difference to the daily life of the hearing impaired.” 

The ePen works with Siemens Pure, Life , Motion and Nitro SP BTE hearing aids. The Siemens hearing aids range offers optimal care for almost every type of hearing impairment, matching individual lifestyles to instrument functionality.

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Rebranding of hearing aids makes price comparions difficult - Fact. It makes it harder for you the consumer  to make informed decisions about where to purchase hearing aids. Some would question why large national companies would be motivated to do this. Companies involved in rebranding of hearing aids include Hidden Hearing, Amplifon and Specsavers.

The whole point of the internet in the perspective of research into purchasing hearing aids is that it is a great leveller. You should be able to compare prices easily between local, national and international suppliers and make your decisions to purchase (or at least be able to make an informed decision about who you want to initially approach), based on the prices you see (like for like) and get a real feel of the organisation you will be dealing with.

With this in mind, if you are ever recommended Oticon Hearing Aids supplied by Hidden Hearing and it has one of the following codes, here is a handy guide to help you compare absolutely like with like. I warn you, you may be shocked at the difference in prices quoted by some of the nationals compared to our own very reasonable hearing aid prices!

Oticon Agil Pro - Hidden Hearing K220

Oticon Agil - Hidden Hearing K210

Oticon Vigo Pro Connect - Hidden Hearing M120C

Oticon Vigo Connect - Hidden Hearing M100C

Oticon Hit Pro - Hidden Hearing M80

Oticon Hit - Hidden Hearing M60

Oticon Dual XW - Hidden Hearing Plus M480

Oticon Dual W - Hidden Hearing Plus M460

Oticon Dual V - Hidden Hearing Plus M440

Oticon Dual M9 - Hidden Hearing Plus 9k

Oticon Dual M7 - Hidden Hearing Plus 7k

Oticon Dual M5 / Pro - Hidden Hearing Plus 5k / Plus M320

Oticon Sumo DM - Hidden Hearing HH3000

The list is not exhaustive, if you need any clarification on any hearing aid prices you can't find on our main website you just need to contact us.

We will follow in future posts details of other companies that rebrand, we want you the consumer to be able to easily compare and make informed decisions.

Of course any purchase is never 'just about the price', regardless of what type of product you buy. Hearing aids in particular are a product that may need ongoing aftercare because of the very nature of them, you need to feel comfortable that you are dealing with a reputable organisation that will look after your interests in the long term.

At Digital Hearing Care we pride ourselves on the three pillars that support the company and have over the years made it the leading independent hearing aid supplier in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Manchester - Price, Choice and Aftercare. (The best combination of low prices, the widest choice you only get from an independent supplier of hearing aids, and fantastic aftercare you just don't seem to get with the biggest national companies).

If you would like to arrange a free full and comprehensive hearing assessment with Digital Hearing Care please browse to our main website and click on the contacts page to get in touch.

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Widex Hearing Aids are shortly to be launching the first of a new raft of technology - the Widex CLEAR440.

Just like two ears, Widex CLEAR440 hearing aids communicate with each other instantly and constantly.

The Widex Hearing Aids wireless technology (WidexLink) ensures that this communication is fast, secure and robust and gives users seamless sound in real time.


Naturally, Widex CLEAR440 hearing aids come with a range of superb features that clients have come to expect from Widex hearing aids.
  • IE Speech Enhancer - proven Widex hearing aid technology that gives hearing aid users better understanding of speech in background noise.
  • Digital Pinna - helps hearing aid users locate sound from any direction.
  • TruSound Softener - reduces the impact of transient noises
  • FreeFocus - lets hearing aid users hear in selected directions without turning their heads
  • IE Zen - an upgrade to the popular relaxation and tone program that can now be enjoyed between both hearing aids.
  • Unique Hearing Aid Accessories - with the assistive listening devices hearing aid users can get the most out of TV, audio and mobile phones. 

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    Deaf Awareness Week runs this year 2010 from 28th June to 4th July. The aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase understanding of the different ways the deaf and hard of hearing public communicate with each other and those who can hear.


    The UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) is an umbrella body of  all the voluntary organisations working for the deaf and hard of hearing and is coordinating events through the week. This year there are over one hundred charities involved in promoting and supporting the week.

    A spokesperson for UKCoD said 'We're really pleased to be bringing together the all-inclusive Deaf Awareness Week campaign promoting positive aspects of deafness, social inclusion and raising awareness of the huge range of local and national organisations which support deaf people and their family and friends.'

     If you would like to arrange a free full and comprehensive hearing assessment with Digital Hearing Care please browse to our main website and click on the contacts page to get in touch.

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    Starkey Hearing Aids have recently launched an upgrade on the Starkey 'S' Series, the Starkey 'S' Series IQ range of hearing aids. The upgraded hearing aid range promises interesting new features, including Voice IQ, Invision Directionality and Audioscape.
    Voice IQ - Hearing comfortably in noise is one of the biggest problems for people who wear hearing aids. Voice iQ is designed to solve the problem by holding speech volume up while pushing background noise down.

    Invision Directionality -  Improves signal to noise ratio by 5-6 dB, dynamically switches between omni and directional and prioritises speech understanding when you need it most.

    Audioscape - Adapts the hearing aid to any environment by automatically switching to the settings you prefer.


    This along with all the features already available in the Starkey 'S' Series make it a great hearing aid to consider.

    If you would like to arrange a free full and comprehensive hearing assessment with Digital Hearing Care please browse to our main website and click on the contacts page to get in touch.

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    Hearing Aids - Did You Know?

    * More than one third of hearing loss is attributable to noise exposure

    * 1 in 7 people in the UK has hearing loss

    * By the age of 50 1 in 5 has hearing loss

    * By the age of 65 1 in 3 has hearing loss

    * 1 in every 12 people has hearing loss at 30

    * Hearing loss ranks with athritis, high blood pressure, and heart disease as one of the most common physical conditions

    * Most people will deny having a problem with hearing loss for an average of seven years before seeking help

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    Fiction - Wearing hearing aids is a sign of old age.

    Fact - Pretending you don’t have hearing loss is more noticeable!

    Always saying ‘sorry’, ‘pardon’ and ‘excuse me’ are less than subtle signs that you may have a hearing problem. Other indicators are that you are turning the TV too loud, avoiding telephone conversations and going in to social gatherings.

    Hearing difficulties can affect your family, friends and quality of life more than you think.

    Today’s tiny sophisticated hearing aid technology is certainly less noticeable than pretending there isn’t a problem.

    Don’t let a hearing loss make you seem older than you really are.

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    Oticon Hearing Aids have just launched a new line of connectivity options to work with their very successful Oticon Streamer accessory, Oticon Connectline, specifically to help with watching television and having conversations on the telephone or mobile phone.

    There are a couple of interesting features to note. One is that the Oticon Streamer, after a firmware update if you previously bought one in the past, can connect to up to 4 devices at the same time, also with an autoconnect.

    Here is how it would work in practice; You have your Oticon Streamer connected to your television via the Oticon Connectline TV Adapter, you have your landline telephone connected to your Oticon Streamer via the Oticon Connectline Telephone Adapter, your mobile phone and your bluetooth MP3 player are connected directly to your Oticon Streamer as they emit a bluetooth signal.


    You are watching your television with sound input directly into your hearing aids, the mobile or landline telephone rings. You hear the ringtone directly in your hearing aids and your Oticon Streamer starts flashing.  You press the button, the television mutes and you have your telephone conversation. You hang up by pressing the button and the TV reconnects automatically.You pop out to the shops and your Oticon Streamer disconnects from the devices as they are out of range. You arrive back at home and all the devices you have connected to your Oticon steamer reconnect automatically. Cool!

    The accessories are priced reasonably, the beauty is you don’t have to bother with any of the accessories if you don’t feel the need at the time, they can be added later if you have a change of heart.

    Sometimes some of the manufacturers could be accused of releasing new technology just for the sake of offering new product, we think these new hearing aid accessories are well worth considering, a nice smart easy solution that is well thought out.

    If you want more information about the new Oticon Connectline products or you would like to arrange a free full and comprehensive hearing assessment with Digital Hearing Care please browse to our main website and click on the contacts page to get in touch.

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    Widex, the well renowned Danish manufacturer of high quality digital hearing aids is to manufacture and supply directly to the UK market as from 1st July 2010.

    For the last 40 odd years Widex hearing aids have been supplied under licence in the UK by PC Werth of London, changes in market forces have made this arrangement more difficult both for PC Werth and Widex corporate so the decision was made for Widex to deal directly with the UK market as of the above date.

    From the end users point of view there should be no discernable change apart from head office for Widex in the UK being in Chester as opposed to London.

    A more streamlined product range is promised at the same time as the launch of Widex UK, watch this space for further developments!

    If you would like to arrange a free full and comprehensive hearing assessment with Digital Hearing Care please browse to our main website and click on the contacts page to get in touch.

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