Have you ever gotten overwhelmed with the sheer number of brands the store has of toothpaste, yogurt or even tortilla chips? The good thing is that if your choice does not make your teeth sparkle, has a weird good flavor or doesn’t have as much salt as you like, they are all cheap enough to simply try another brand next week to see if that fits your needs.
Top Brand Manufacturers
When it comes to an investment piece, like hearing aids, choosing the right hearing aid manufacturer the first time is a lot more important. The top three manufactures recommended by your Louisville audiologist are: Phonak, ReSound and Oticon.
- Oticon’s history dates back to 1904. The company was founded by Hans Demant, whose wife struggled with hearing impairment. Oticon is headquartered in Denmark, just outside of Copenhagen, and has more than 3,000 employees in branches across the globe. Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology allows you to hear better with less effort. Popular Oticon hearing aids include the Opn™, Alta2, Nera2, Ria2, Dynamo and Sensei.
- Phonak, founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1947, employs more than 4,200 people in multiple locations worldwide. The company is a pioneer in hearing loss solutions, developing the first hearing aid to take advantage of Bluetooth® technology in 2003 and the first extended-wear hearing aid (Lyric) in 2011. Its Hear the World initiative, launched in 2006, aims to create global awareness of hearing loss and promote solutions for individuals across the planet. Popular Phonak hearing aids include the Audeo™, Virto™ and Bolero™.
- GN ReSound is a Danish manufacturer with headquarters in Ballerup, Denmark. Founded in 1943, the company currently has 4,100 employees worldwide and its products are available in more than 80 countries. ReSound was the first to offer Wide Dynamic Range Compression and Digital Feedback Suppression, innovations in sound processing that have led to reduced distortion and better sound quality. Popular ReSound hearing aids includes the LiNX2™ and ENZO2™.
Fortunately for you, you will not be on your own when determining which hearing aid you should purchase. Your Louisville audiologist will work with you to determine the best device for your type and degree of hearing loss, budget, personal aesthetic and listening lifestyle.