What is the Most Powerful Hearing Aid?
In the United States, 3.4% of people who suffer from hearing loss have severe or profound losses. For these individuals who are not candidates for cochlear implants (or are simply not interested in them), high powered hearing aids are often the only treatment option available. These high powered devices are always behind-the-ear hearing aids, simply because smaller in-the-ear units just aren’t capable of the same power without feedback. Power BTE’s will use a larger (usually size 13 or 675) battery, will have a larger casing holding all the components behind the ear, and will always be fit with a custom ear mold. If you have a profound hearing loss, the a BTE is probably the best hearing aid for you, but you may want to learn some of the differences between the standard BTE and RIC hearing aids.
Most Powerful Hearing Aid: Phonak Naida Q
- Size 675 battery
- Maximum gain: 82 db
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The Phonak Naida is probably the most highly regarded high power hearing aid on the market. Just to clarify, when you research high-power hearing aids, you’ll often see letters next to the product name, like (UP), stands for “ultra power”, and “SP”, which stands for “super power”. The most powerful Phonak Naida Q is the “UP” version. The Naida Q UP comes in 4 technology levels from basic (q30), to standard (q50), to advanced (q70), to premium (q90). Here is a good breakdown of what features are included in the various technology levels. This hearing aid is water and dust resistant and offers the most advanced features Phonak has to offer. The UP is such a powerful hearing aid, even users with a flat 110db loss have reported success with these hearing aids.
The Naida Q’s can be easily connected to all the interactive communication and media devices via the Phonak wireless communication portfolio and FM systems. The Compilot is a perfect 3-in-1 companion, offering true convenience, wireless freedom and the reassurance of VoiceAlerts (voice indicators). ComPilot provides easy wireless access to TVs, MP3 players and phones to name but a few. The built-in remote control allows for simple and convenient program and volume changes. The TVLink S is a dedicated TV solution. Combined with the ComPilot it offers a terrific listening experience. The extremely fast transmission from your TV to your hearing aids in stereo provides excellent sound quality. Plus, its easy one-step set-up means that the TVLink S and ComPilot are ready to go in less than 60 seconds.
One of the great things about this product is that it is able to help many people who have previously been told that they cannot be helped by hearing aids. It was just a few decades ago that getting 82db of gain out of a hearing aid was unheard of and unfathomable. If you’ve had your hearing tested in the past decade and have been told there was nothing that could be done for you (except cochlear implants), you should contact a hearing provider and discuss this, and other high powered hearing aids. A few of other powerful hearing aids you might want to look into are the Oticon Chili Super Power BTE, and the Siemens Nitro BTE, which both have over 80db of gain.
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