Many people require extra volume and tone control to hear clearly on the phone and while watching tv. Shown here are a few of the devices we recommend to assist a better phone and tv listening experience.
Clearsounds CSC600 Amplified Telephone - $175
- 50dB Adjustable handset amplification
- Free tech support for life of the product
- Ultraclear sound-clarifying technology
- Outgoing speech amplification (12dB)
- 5 One-touch speed dials and 1 large one-touch emergency dial button
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Clarity C4220 Amplified 5.8GHz Cordless Telephone - $190
- Digital Clarity Power technology with Multiband Compression, Noise Reduction and Acoustic Echo Cancellation
- Amplifies incoming sounds up to 50dB at 118 dBSPL
- Adjustable volume and four (4) tone settings for a customized listening experience
- Full-duplex speakerphone in handset
- Visual ringers in handset and base for incoming calls
- Large LED screen is easy to read
- Add up to three (3) expandable handsets
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Sennheiser Set 860 wireless TV listening system - $339
- You can adjust your TV sound just the way you need it. You can choose between 3 different preset hearing profiles at the mere push of a button, optimizing speech or music to fit your hearing needs.
- You can shift the left/right volume balance to improve sound for a “weaker” ear. You can even switch from stereo to mono to get the full audio content in each ear. A unique treat is the Speech Intelligibility function, which reduces TV background noise while enhancing speech. You will see how much more fun it is watching TV when you can follow dialog effortlessly.
- The under-the-chin headset applies no pressure to the head, adjusts automatically as you put it on, and does not interfere with glasses or your hairstyle.
- Advanced wireless technology ensures a stable connection to the docking station within the range of up to 70 m (200 ft).
- Up to 18 hours from a single charge
- The battery recharges automatically when you put the headset on the docking station.
- Setup is extremely fast and straightforward
- Buttons are few, large and clearly marked.
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Pocketalker 2.0 Personal Amplifier
The Pocketalker 2.0 helps you hear the sounds and voices most important to you. It amplifies what you want to hear, while reducing distracting background noise.
This slim, ergonomically designed amplifier couldn’t be easier to use. Simply plug in the headphone or earphone, position the microphone near the preferred sound, adjust the volume to your comfort – and start listening.
Williams Sound is internationally known for its high-quality, innovative products. This newest addition to the Pocketalker family is sure to become your go-to amplifier for everyday listening situations.
Up to 63dB amplification
Balance control between left and right ear
Omnidirectional internal microphone
Omnidirectional plug-in microphone for enhanced sound pick-up
Functions as t-coil receiver in looped environments - sound is sent directly from the Pocketalker 2.0 to a hearing aid with a t-coil or to a neckloop (see accessories) for a much clearer listening experience
Amplifies your TV with included cord
Includes both headphones and earphones
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Up to 105 hours of use with 2 AAA batteries (included)
USB port for charging AAA rechargeable batteries (rechargeable battery kit available separately, see WS-BATKT7
Dimensions: 2" W x 4.9" H x 1" D
Includes dual earbuds, folding headphone, plug-in microphone, 12" TV amplifying extension cord, 2 AAA batteries, belt clip and lanyard
Custom Noise Plugs
Too often non-custom (e.g. foam) noise plugs are not properly inserted. This results in poor noise protection. Also, many find that non-custom solutions don’t fit comfortably. Custom noise plugs are designed for comfort and maximum effectiveness.
Custom Sleep plugs
These custom plugs are similar to custom noise plugs however, they are specially sculpted to ensure comfort when lying on your side.
Custom Musician Plugs
The issue with most noise plugs is that there is an unequal decrease of sound across the frequency spectrum. This leads to sound being softer but muffled. Musician plugs are filtered to achieve a flat or equal reduction of sound across the spectrum. This results in softer but also natural sound that is important when playing or listening to music.
Custom Swim Plugs
These custom plugs are designed with materials to best keep water out of the ear canal. Often these products are made to float.
There are hundreds of hearing aids to choose from today. However, there are only a handful of devices that are the most suitable for your unique hearing loss and needs. In order to help find the hearing aid that you will be most satisfied with, we begin with a discussion followed by a hearing test. The hearing test helps to define your hearing loss. The discussion helps to gather other important details necessary in the hearing aid selection.
Hearing Aid Style
There are 5 main styles of hearing aids: Receiver in the canal (RIC), completely in the canal (CIC), in the canal (ITC), in the ear (ITE), and behind the ear (BTE). There are often pros and cons to each style. It is critical that the style satisfy the hearing loss requirements (e.g. it is powerful enough), is acceptable from a cosmetic perspective, is manageable in terms of dexterity, has the necessary features, and has reasonable battery life. The knowledge and experience of the audiologist is critical in helping guide you towards the most suitable hearing aid style.
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RICReceiver in the Canal
This is the most commonly used hearing aid style today because it is discrete, comfortable, and can be adapted to fit mild ranging to severe hearing losses. Most of the electronics are housed in a very small non-custom unit that fits over the ear. A very thin wire extends from this unit down to a tiny speaker that sits inside the ear canal. Various non-custom and custom tips are available to surround the speaker and ensure comfort, retention, and appropriate sound delivery. Some of these products are rechargeable.
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CICCompletely in the Canal
This custom-built aid is the smallest and most discrete style of hearing aid. It is completely contained inside the ear canal. The CIC is best suited to mild and moderate hearing losses and does require good dexterity for insertion, removal and changing batteries.
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ITCIn the Canal
This custom-built hearing aid fits mostly into the ear canal. A relatively small portion of hearing aid does show in the outer ear. It is suitable for mild ranging to severe hearing losses.
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ITEIn the Ear
This custom-built hearing aid fits mostly within the outer portion of the ear. For many patients it is the easiest to insert, remove and adjust especially when dexterity is an issue. It is suitable for mild ranging to severe losses.
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BTEBehind the Ear
This is the most powerful and durable style of hearing aid. The electronics are housed in the non-custom portion that sits over the ear. A connecting tubing and custom earmold help hold it in place and direct the sound into the ear canal. It can be used with all degrees of hearing loss, however, it is most frequently used with severe and profound hearing losses. Some of these products are rechargeable.
Hearing Aid Performance
At East Coast Hearing we focus on 3 performance levels defined as Good, Better, and Best. As the hearing aid performance level improves, there are three primary benefits to the patient: (1) improved sound quality, (2) improved background noise reduction, and (3) improved overall patient satisfaction. Together the patient with the guidance of the audiologist select the hearing aid performance level.
Hearing Aid Brand
East Coast Hearing is locally owned and truly independent. This means that we work with most hearing aid brands. This is rare these days. There are definite differences between brands in terms of sound processing and quality, physical design, controls, and features such as wireless connections with other devices including phones and TV. The following list includes the most common brands used at East Coast Hearing: Oticon, Phonak, Resound, Signia and Widex. The benefit of working with so many brands is that the patient is more likely to get the most suitable hearing aid and therefore the best possible outcome and satisfaction. Together the patient with the guidance of the audiologist select the hearing aid brand.
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