Wireless Headphones For TV Listening

PRODUCT – GEEMARC CL7400 WIRELESS TV LISTENERGeemarc CL7400 wirelessTV listener

PRICE – £109.99

GUARANTEE – MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

WHERE TO BUY – HEARING DIRECT.COM

OVERALL RATING – 5 OUT OF 5.

 

Introduction.

For anyone with a hearing difficulty, watching tv with other family members can be a stressful experience. These new wireless headphones for TV listening might just be the answer.

 

I spent years not hearing what people were saying on the TV. Whilst the rest of the family sat comfortably enjoying our favourite programmes I pretended to follow along. Why? I was too embarrassed to ask for the volume to be turned up.

 

It was only when I was diagnosed with hearing loss that the TV issue could be tackled. When you have someone with hearing difficulty in the house, watching TV together is a two way problem.

 

If the TV was up loud enough for me to hear, the rest of the family were deafened (no pun intended). If the volume was ok for them, I couldn’t hear a thing. Watching television

 

If these wireless headphones had been around a few years ago things would have been a whole lot easier for my long suffering family. Now everyone can enjoy the same program at the same time.

 

Who are the Geemarc wireless headphones for?

Really anyone can use these headphones. They can be used for TV, a HiFi, an MP3 player or even for listening to videos on Utube from a computer or a handheld device.

 

Geemarc have been manufacturing devices for the hearing impaired for years. They make alarm clocks, door bells, watches and other assistive listening devices. They have manufactured this product as a solution for hard of hearing people in this particular area.

 

These headphones would be suitable for people with a mild to moderate hearing loss. Anyone with a severe to profound loss should always consult a medical professional before buying any hearing device.

 

They are absolutely ideal for someone who is housebound. They are also great for people who don’t have hearing aids but still struggle to hear the TV at a normal volume level. Even if you have hearing aids but don’t have a volume control setting on them, then these are ideal for you.

 

The Pros and Cons of the Geemarc wireless headphones.

The Pros.

The most obvious benefit to this device is the fact that it is completely wireless. You simply plug the base station into your TV and thats it. No fumbling about with wires or cables. The base station also acts as the charging station for the headphones, so it really is the complete package.

 

The other main features of these headphones simply add to the high quality of the product. Some of the other features are,

 

Amplification (up to 125dB)

Balance control left/right

Clear digital sound transmission

Selection of either stereo or mono mode

Base plugs directly into your TV or audio device

Comfortable, lightweight, over-the-head style headset

Braille identification on the headset to the volume key

The headset automatically shuts off after loss of signal after 2 minutes

Multiple additional headband headsets can be used to the same device

8 hours continuous use time: 6 hours charging

Recharges when placed back onto the transmitter.

 

The Cons.

From a design, comfort and specification point of view, there are no cons that I can see. The reviews shown below bear this out.

 

The only potential downside is that someone wearing these in a room with other people may feel a bit self conscious. However, headphones are such a common sight in society today that I don’t even think this would be a problem any more.

 

Is there any training for the Geemarc CL7400 wireless headphones?

There are two methods available for this model. There is a full user guide supplied with the product. Also, if you go to the product page on the HEARING DIRECT.COM website, you can watch the instructional video.Geemarc CL7400 wirelessTV listener

 

Having gone through the setup and use process for this device I can honestly say that it takes a matter of minutes to have it up and running. Once the initial setup is complete, thats it. You don’t have to do anything further except charge them when required.

 

What support is available from Hearing Direct.com?

Hearing direct have a reputation second to none when it comes to customer support. They have a team of qualified audiologists on hand to deal with any queries and their response times are excellent.

 

They offer a 30 day no quibble money back guarantee. This allows you to test run the products for a few weeks to make sure that they do everything you want them to do.

 

I have been buying from and dealing with this company for a number of years. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending that you can buy from them with full confidence.

 

My overall summary.

The Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV listener is a fantastic product. They are suitable for just about anyone. People with hearing difficulty will love the clarity of sound and the whole family can now watch television without having to break the sound barrier.

 

You don’t have to just take my word for it. I have included a number of reviews relating to this product below. If you want a better listening experience for you and your family then this is the device for you.

 

Get your Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV listener here.

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. It is a help site for anyone and everyone with hearing difficulty. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. Please leave them below. I will answer them all asap.

Regards

Eddie.

 

Product reviews for the Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV listener. (From Hearing Direct.com)

 

 

The ear pieces can fold inwards for trav…

Review by Teresa Mowat (Posted on 17/01/2016)The ear pieces can fold inwards for travel! Nice quality to the sound. It amused me to still be able to hear in the kitchen!

STAR RATING  ****

Quite simply , minutes to install and fa…

Review by JohnMDC (Posted on 01/01/2016)Quite simply , minutes to install and fantastically easy to use.

STAR RATING  *****

I had almost given up watching TV. Now I…

Review by Bill Ferguson (Posted on 24/04/2015)I had almost given up watching TV. Now I can hear everything with absolute clarity even with the sound muted. It is a marvellous device which I would recommend to anyone with a hearing problem. So why only 4 stars? The instruction booklet says that when the base is connected to the electricity, a red light will come on and that after 5 seconds this should be replaced by a green one. Mine stayed red and so I contacted Hearing Direct and was advised to contact Geemarc. Exactly one week ago I emailed Geemarc and I’m still waiting for a reply! The green light did come on after about 24 hours and now the two seem to alternate as they see fit but the good news is that it does not seem to matter. I have no problem with Hearing Direct who despatched the item very promptly and dealt with my complaint instantly. Geemarc’s service is another matter however.

STAR RATING  ****

The Geemarc CL7400 headset comes with a …

Review by G Chatley (Posted on 07/02/2014)The Geemarc CL7400 headset comes with a male to male 3.5mm cable which can connected from the transmitter unit to a computer and immediately your horizons are widened to the millions of video programs on the Internet and particularly Utube. So apart from being able to watch television without the bother of subtitles you now have yet another area of entertainment to watch. I never realised that if you are very deaf you can set your stereo hearing aids to telecoil and wear them underneath the padded headset. The only problem with this fantastic piece of kit is that you find yourself in a solitary world of your own with no idea of what’s going on around you.

STAR RATING  *****

It is a first class product and does eve…

Review by Bruce (Posted on 07/01/2014)It is a first class product and does everything you would expect

STAR RATING  *****

Superb product, sound quality is amazing…

Review by Steve Clark (Posted on 03/01/2014)Superb product, sound quality is amazing & the comfort of the head set is very good. you get what you pay for so i am delighted with the product as a whole, i recommend this to all even if your not hearing impaired

STAR RATING  *****

My husband has cancer and his hearing ha…

Review by Susan Glenn (Posted on 02/01/2014)My husband has cancer and his hearing has been failing for a while. We tried Panasonic headphones but he didn’t like them and stopped wearing them. The TV was getting louder and louder driving us all nuts! As he can’t get out and about the TV has become important for him. I decided to try once more and spend a bit more money. Definitely worth it. My husband is very happy with the headphones and can hear so much better now. They even work when he is out of the room so doesn’t have to constantly adjust them. I’m happy as I don’t want to listen to the sport all day or hear the TV from the other end of the house!! Would definitely recommend.

STAR RATING  ****

Being partially deaf i purchased the head …

Review by Steve Clark (Posted on 22/12/2013)Being partially deaf i purchased the head set & they are very comfortable however i get a constant buzzing through the earphones so i rang Geemarc direct & was told that its not their product its the age of my TV – they were about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Morale of the story is make sure your TV is up to date

STAR RATING  ****

Okay I have to admit that I thought the …

Review by Mrs A Bowles (Posted on 08/12/2013)Okay I have to admit that I thought the cost of these was a bit much for a set of wireless TV listeners, but I soon changed my mind when they arrived. The transmitter and headphones are both stylish and extremely well made. The transmitter is also the charging dock for the headphones which sit securely in place while charging. The headphones are very comfortable to wear, easy to adjust and the sound quality is amazing even when you’re not in the same room as the transmitter. Not only can you use these with the TV and Hi-Fi system here is also a lead supplied that plugs into the bottom of the right side ear piece that allows you to use the head phones with mp3 players, I’ve also found they work with my kindle fire and mobile phone for listening to music, voice mail or watching video. There is also a micro USB slot in the headphones; a lead is not supplied for this but as I have several already this didn’t matter. I know the person I have purchased these for is going to love them or at least they will if I can bring myself to part with them lol.

 

 

 

 

 

What Are The Best Hearing Aids

Buying your first set of hearing aids or buying a new set is a big decision. It should never be an impulse buy. Your first or new devices will be a big part of your life. They will play a significant role in your future quality of life so you want to make sure you choose wisely.Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid

 

I’m often asked “What are the best hearing aids?” The answer is simply, the best hearing aids are the ones that suit YOUR needs. For those of us that need them they are not just another thing to purchase. They are our friends. They are our link to our family, friends and the rest of society.

 

It is the same if you are getting hearing aids for a young person or child. Don’t just presume that you (or the supplier) know what is best for them. Discuss their needs and wants. Make them a part of the decision making process. After all they are the ones who will be wearing them.

 

When I am buying new hearing aids, I go through a 6 step process. If you follow this guide then you can be pretty sure that when you finally buy your devices you will be satisfied that you have made the correct decision.

 

Step 1 – Type of hearing loss.

Not all hearing aids are suitable for all levels of hearing loss. This issue is going to be particularly important in America in the coming months. The FDA are changing how they regulate the hearing aid market. This is to allow a new classification of hearing aid which can be sold over the counter in places such as WalMart and others.

 

The very real danger from these changes is that the market gets flooded with cheap and inferior devices and people are sold hearing aids that could actually do more harm than good in the long term. Check out the FDA changes here.

 

You should always know your level of hearing loss. Speak to the person who diagnosed your loss. They will be able to provide you with your audiogram results. Your hearing loss level will be within the parameters of MILD, MODERATE, SEVERE or PROFOUND. There may also be individual issues with your hearing that you need to take into account.

 

Being armed with this information gets you off to the best possible start. This is your foundation and all the other steps you take from now on will always be subject to your level of hearing loss.

 

Step 2 – Social situations.

This is where you begin to think about what type and style of hearing aid you want. Look at your lifestyle. The type of lifestyle you lead should have a influence on the type of hearing aid you buy.

 

Are you the sporty type. If you take part in a lot of activities then you will be in situations where you sweat a lot. Water and moisture are the arch enemy of hearing aids. It can very easily damage the delicate circuits inside them. If this is you then you may want to be thinking about a device that sits deep in the ear canal to protect it from getting wet.tiny hearing aids

 

Are you the business type? Do you attend a lot of meetings with clients? Are you on the telephone a lot or in conferences most of the time? If this is your typical day then being able to connect to your phone wirelessly or having a portable loop system with you devices may be the way for you to go.

 

Perhaps you are the socialising type. Do you go out a lot with friends to bars, nightclubs, music festivals or concerts? If so then you may be looking for something with volume control or background noise reduction availability.

 

Even if you are the homing type. If you just love to stay at home watching the television then you will want to be thinking about a device that can connect directly to the tv to give you a better clarity of sound.

 

Take a bit of time to think of the type of lifestyle you lead. With the technology available today your hearing aid should be designed to fit into your lifestyle. Not the other way round.

 

Step 3 – Style of hearing aid for you.

This step will tie in with step 2 above. There are a number of different styles of hearing aid on the market today. Different manufacturers will describe them in different ways. The basic styles are,

 

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids. These devices are where the main body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear. It is connected via a tube to either a small bud tip that can sit inside the ear canal or a mould that sits at the outer edge of the ear canal.

 

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids. These are where the whole of the hearing aid sits in the ear. There is nothing sitting behind the ear. A lot of them are now described as hidden hearing aids because they are virtually impossible for anyone else to see.

 

These two categories can be broken down further but they essentially represent the two main styles produced today.

 

Step 4 – Hearing aid features.

This is where you want to decide what features you need your hearing aid to have. This can be tricky due to the ever evolving technology that is going into hearing devices today. They can be broken down into three ranges.

 

Basic range. These hearing aids will be very much at what is termed the entry level. They will be pretty basic in nature and will generally be programmed to suit your level of hearing loss and not much else

 

Mid Range. Devices in the mid range will start to give you options in term of what extra help your hearing aids can give you. You should expect to see features such as background noise control, whistling noise reduction, directional sound pick up and volume controls. It will really be up to you to pick and choose what features are most important to you.

hearing aids linked to apple

 

Top range. As the name suggests, these hearing aids will come with every available feature they can pack into the device. Some of these are truly amazing. At this level you should expect full connectivity to the likes of your iphone, smartphone or other devices. They will be multi channel and can be operated remotely. The sky’s the limit with the top models.

 

Step 5 – The dreaded pricing.

The price of hearing aids remains one of the major barriers that prevent people from buying these devices. Some of the models can cost as much as $/£2500 for one. Yet, a very good quality mid range hidden hearing aid can cost as little as £199.

 

My advice on this is to get the very best that you can afford. Your hearing aids are an investment in your future and your hearing health. Not everyone will need the models with all the bells and whistles. Remember, the correct device for you may not necessarily be the most expensive one in the store. This is why step 6 is so very important.

 

Step 6 – Research – Research and Research again.

The key here is to make a plan. Write down everything you have come up with from step 1 through to step 5. Don’t just try and do it in your head. Put a plan down on paper.

 

When done your plan will show, your level of hearing loss, the type of lifestyle you live, the style of hearing aid you want, the features you would like your device to have and the price range you can afford.

 

Once you have this in front of you then hit the internet. Do this before you go to a supplier. The internet will have reviews and details on every hearing aid on the market. If you aren’t confident on the internet then find someone who is and get them to do this step with you.

 

This will take a while but is well worth the effort. Ideally you would want to have a list of approximately 5 different models that would be ideal for you. Now you can go confidently into buying mode.

Hearing aids

 

You can either go to an online supplier or a high street store. There are some very good online hearing aid suppliers, who have a great reputation for service and quality. Check out my recommended online supplier here. High street suppliers do tend to be a bit more expensive but you have the advantage of being there in person.

 

Finally, if you have gone through the steps above then you have a very good idea of exactly what you want. When you go to buy don’t be put off by sales patter. Don’t be talked into something you neither want nor need. This is your hearing health. This is your quality of life. Make the decision that is right for you. Happy hunting.

 

I hope I have helped. That is the purpose of this website. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. Please leave them below. I will answer back asap.

 

Regards and good hearing health,

Eddie.

 

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HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid. The Hidden Choice

Product – HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid.

Price – £599.00

Guarantee – 12 months Manufacturer’s warranty.

Where to buy – HEARING DIRECT.COM

Overall rating – 4.5 out of 5.HD 500 Digital hearing aid

 

Hidden hearing aids are proving an increasingly popular choice. They allow wearers to experience the benefits a hearing aid can bring without having to worry about the perceived stigma of wearing one.

 

Lots of people are still of the belief that hearing aids are only for older people. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. People at any age can suffer from hearing loss.

 

Some people also think that if they are seen wearing one of the traditional hearing aids that sit behind the ear, then people will somehow mark them down as different. The introduction of a more discreet type of hearing aid has opened the market to a whole new range of people.

 

Who are the HD 500 Digital Hearing Aids for.

They are really for anyone who wears hearing aids. They have become increasingly popular with people who like their devices to be more discreet. I have owned a pair of HD hearing aids for a couple of years now and can’t recommend them highly enough.

 

I’m not one to worry about others perceptions of my wearing hearing aids. My main set is the behind the ear models that are clearly visible. Few people comment but I still get the odd look now and again.Small HD 500 hearing aid

 

I tend to wear my HD hearing aids when I am out in social situations. Because they are so discreet others simply don’t know that I am wearing them. They are simple to fit and are hassle free. They are also good for wearing in wet weather due to them being lodged right inside the ear so the rain can’t get at them.

 

The Pros and Cons of the HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid.

The Pros.

For such a small device the worry is that the performance would be compromised. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This little beauty is still fully of plenty of features. The most notable are,

 

  • Discreet, almost invisible design
  • Digital sound technology
  • Price includes a free packet of batteries
  • Unique volume adjustment
  • 12 months full manufacturers warranty
  • No quibbles 30-day money back guarantee
  • Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Low battery warning
  • Speech focus
  • Feedback/whistle management
  • Background noise suppression
  • Music appreciation feature

The HD 500 also comes as a one size fits all. This means that there is no need for ear impressions to be made or any custom fitting. The bulk of the device sits deep in the ear canal and is anchored by a retention lock to ensure a firm fit.

 

It can come pre-programmed to adopt to a mild to moderate level of hearing loss. If you have your latest audiogram test results it can also be programmed to a more personal level.

 

The Cons.

As with all hearing aids that fit deep into the ear, the HD 500 is prone to wax build up. The simple solution, however, is to purchase wax filters with the device. They are relatively inexpensive and will keep your hearing aid operating at maximum level.Hidden hearing aid HD 500

 

The only other downside to these aids is that they don’t enjoy the same level of connectivity as some of the very high-end devices that are on the market today. They are not designed to connect with iPhones or smartphones etc….

 

Training and support available with the HD 500.

If buying these devices through Hearing Direct.com then you will be able to access three different videos. They will show you how to,

 

Insert and remove the device correctly.

How to insert the battery and maintain the hearing aid correctly.

How the HD 500 operates.

 

These videos are very important. Most problems with hearing aids come from poor maintenance. It is vital to have a daily maintenance routine and if looked after properly your hearing aids can last for many years.

 

With Hearing Direct.com you also receive unrivalled support through out the life of your hearing aids. They offer a 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee. This allows you to sample the product fully to ensure they are the right choice for you.

 

They also offer full servicing for the lifetime of the device at no extra cost. Their support network of technicians and fully qualified audiologists means that there is always an expert on hand to help you solve any problems you may have.

 

Summary and conclusion.

In short, the HD 500 Digital hearing aid is one of the very best hidden hearing aids on the market today. The quality of sound is fantastic and the price is exceptional for this type of device. It also comes in two different colours, Beige and black.Screenshot HD 500 hearing aid

 

You can wear these virtually anywhere and no one else will be any the wiser. They are a very comfortable fit and after wearing them once or twice you will virtually forget that they are there at all.

 

The range and quality of features included within this device make it a stand out in its class. That coupled with the expertise that I know you get with Hearing Direct.com means that you can buy these with confidence. In my humble opinion, if you want a discreet hearing aid that doesn’t compromise on the quality of sound then the HD 500 Digital hearing aids are for you.

 

Buy the HD 500 Digital hearing aid now

 

Thank you for visiting my site. I am always here to help and offer advice. I love to receive your comments and suggestions. If you have one please leave it below. I will reply to them all asap.

 

Regards,

Eddie.

FDA Hearing Aid Regulations. What does it mean?

The hearing aid industry in the U.S. is going through a change and it looks like it isn’t going to be plain sailing.

Recent proposed changes to FDA hearing aid regulations are being opposed by audiologists. What does this mean for those who wear and need hearing aids and will these changes actually mean lower prices.

 

What changes are being proposed?

The FDA have recently indicated that they will no longer enforce the requirement that anyone needing a hearing aid should first have a medical examination. People can now waive this requirement. However, professionals believe that this won’t have any real impact as most people already waive this exam.

 

The most contentious change is the proposal to create a new class of hearing aid that can be sold over the counter in much the same way as reading glasses currently are.

 

This would allow places such as Wal-Mart to enter the hearing aid market. The idea behind this is the hope that hearing aid prices can be driven down and become more affordable to a greater number of people.

 

From an audiologist point of view this is dangerous ground to be treading. They say that hearing loss is a much more complicated issue and such a simple solution could actually lead to greater problems.

 

Why are these changes being advocated?

Those pushing for change have long stated that the cost of hearing aids are a prime hindrance to people seeking these devices. At present it is estimated that there are over 30 million people over 60 years of age in the U.S. that suffer from hearing loss. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss leads to a greater level of social isolation, depression, dementia and even falling down and injuring themselves.

 

The studies also show that people with hearing loss are also more likely to be unable to work or travel. They tend to be less physically active than normal hearing people.

 

The price for a new pair of hearing aids can be anything from $4000 to $6000. This cost includes things like the professional examination to determine the level of hearing loss, the actual fitting of the device and the follow up support system for maintenance and repairs.

Hearing aids

 

Because hearing aids are classed as a medical device then they are subject at present to strict FDA regulations and must prove that they are manufactured and work effectively.

 

The introduction of Personal Amplification System Products, or (PASPs) has really thrown a curveball into the whole situation. As they are not classed as a medical device then they do not require FDA regulation.

 

These PASPs are much cheaper than hearing aids. They can range in price from as little as $25 up to several hundred dollars, which is way cheaper than what people are paying for medically approved hearing aids.

 

These PASPs are becoming increasingly popular. Not just due to the price but also because better technology is being introduced such as increased connectivity to smartphones etc… and  background noise reducing ability.

 

 

Why are audiologists opposed to these changes?

Audiologists believe that hearing loss is a much more complicated issue than simply allowing anyone who thinks they need a hearing aid to pop into Wal-Mart and by whatever catches their eye.

 

They firmly believe that a professional needs to physically look into a patient’s ear to see what is causing the hearing loss in the first place. There may be a more serious medical issue going on or it could be caused by a simple blockage due to wax build up.

 

They also question how people are going to determine what level of hearing loss they have. It isn’t possible to self determine your level of hearing loss. Free hearing tests are available online but they haven’t yet reached the level of sophistication of the proper audiology test.

 

Their other concern is that these PASPs devices may actually harm peoples hearing if used incorrectly or if the device is of a poor quality. The link between loud noise and hearing loss is well established. What is to stop cheap, badly made devices from flooding the market if they are not regulated in some form.siemens touching hearing aids

 

Audiologists favour an over-the-counter hearing aid that must meet standards for safety and effectiveness, and includes warnings that certain hearing problems require professional treatment. Alongside that proposal is one that once people get a medical exam that they are given the audiogram report and can then go to an over the counter provider armed with that information.

 

What happens next?

Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., last month introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, to require the FDA to establish rules and regulations for hearing aids that would be very similar to PASPs, but would have to meet certain safety and effectiveness standards.

 

According to Sen Grassley, this new legislation won’t affect those who require professional help before getting a hearing aid. It will also benefit those who want to buy a simpler device over the counter.

 

Ursula Chaplin, an audiologist and executive director of the nonprofit Speech and Hearing Center in Chattanooga disagrees. “In my opinion, that is a terrible thing, If you buy an inexpensive cheap hearing aid and expect to hear well with background noise, that is not going to happen,” she said.

 

Is there a compromise to these changes?

In my opinion there is merit in both camps but due to the seriousness of the issue I would be leaning slightly towards the professional audiologist position.

 

Those advocating the changes appear to be doing so from both a cost and better access for people position. There is merit in this. Of the estimated 30 million people over 60 years of age in the U.S. with hearing loss, only approximately 30% actually get hearing aids. The cost is seen as a major factor in this.

 

From a personal point of view, the cost of hearing aids are absolutely ridiculous. Something needs to be done to bring these costs down and make the devices more affordable to all.

hearing aids linked to apple

 

The other side of the argument has much in it’s favour also. Audiologists are rightly concerned about the hearing health of people. If we allow the market to be flooded with cheap and unregulated devices then we could actually be doing more damage to peoples hearing health in the long run.

 

It should also be noted here, that even in countries such as the U.K. where people are entitled to free hearing aids if required on the National Health Service there is only about a 40% uptake from people who need them. It is obvious from this that there are issues other than price that prevent people from wearing hearing aids.

 

I think the situation would be better served if some sort of steering group could be put together before any changes are introduced. Bringing people together to represent all parties (including hearing aid users) could hopefully be able to put together a plan that would have the support of all and ensure that everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet.

 

If you have an opinion on this then get in touch with your local representative or your local hearing help group. This issue is too important to be left to others. Make your voice heard. Break the silence.

 

As always, thanks for dropping by. This is your website. Please feel free to leave a comment or opinion below. I will answer them all asap.

 

 

Hearing Aids Sale. Oticon Ria2 Pro.

Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid

Product – Oticon Ria2 Pro.

Price – £725.00

Guarantee – Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Where To Buy – HEARING DIRECT.COM

Overall rating – 4 out of 5.

 

The Oticon Ria2 Pro sits firmly at the entry level in terms of hearing aids. It is a direct replacement for the previous model, the Oticon Ria Pro (Oticon H110). It may not possess all the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive models on the market but still comes with an array of impressive technology and will appeal to anyone who wants a quality aid at a great price.

 

Who is the Oticon Ria2 Pro for?

This model has been designed specifically for those people who live a fairly quiet life. I wouldn’t recommend it for those who are heavily involved in active sports or who spend a lot of time outdoors in all weathers. The device is not waterproof and like most hearing aids needs to be protected from moisture damage.

 

It is ideal for those people who need a helping hand for simple everyday living, such as listening to television, radio and enjoying normal conversations. It is a very robust and eye pleasing hearing aid and comes in a wide range of colours and styles.

 

It would be a great model for students, people who enjoy a fairly normal family life and also for elderly people. It has an excellent sound quality and can adapt to different listening environments.

 

The Pros and Cons of the Oticon Ria2 Pro.

The Pros.

The Oticon Ria2 Pro has a number of key features that put it ahead of its predecessor and most other models that would be classed as entry level hearing devices.

 

6 bands controlling 16 sound frequency channels. This allows your hearing aid to be tailored to your specific hearing needs. It will mean a better clarity of sound and clearer conversations. The more bands that are available generally mean a better quality of sound.

 

Wind noise reduction. This does exactly what it says on the tin. Wind interference can cause havoc with hearing aids. This device will filter that noise out and allow better and clearer hearing.

 

Inium feedback shield. Your hearing aid can sometimes be a bit like a microphone and experience feedback which can be extremely annoying. The shield will put a stop to this without losing any of its effectiveness in picking up other background sounds.

 

FreeFocus essential. This technology allows the hearing aid to pick up sound from 3 different directions at once. Lots of hearing aids are one dimensional in terms of picking up sound, so this is especially good if someone is standing behind you or off to the side and speaking to you.Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid

 

Adaption Manager. Sometimes the amplified sound from a new hearing aid can be very off putting for new wearers. It can take time to get used to the new sounds you are hearing. With the adaption manager, the device will gradually increase the sound level over a period of time allowing you to adjust to your new device.

 

Binaural Co-ordination. This involves what is called BrainHearing Technology. It actually allows both hearing aids to synchronise. Basically both hearing aids talk to each other to ensure that volume levels and programming are equal and that both aids work together to give you the very best hearing experience.

 

Tinnitus sound support. This is a great feature for anyone who also suffers from tinnitus. Tinnitus is generally described as a ringing, whistling or buzzing sound in the ear. It is very common in people with hearing loss. The Oticon Ria2 Pro can help to neutralize this noise by playing a gentle, relaxing sound into the ear, which helps to distract the brain from the annoying tinnitus sound.

 

The Cons.

I don’t want to be to hard on this hearing aid as it is very specifically aimed at the entry level but it has it’s limitations. In fairness, the manufacturer’s don’t claim that it is comparable to the more expensive models so it can’t be judged against them.

 

With technology advancing at a rapid rate the lack of connectivity with this device would be the biggest drawback for me. There are a range of listening accessories that can be bought to work with the Oticon Ria2 Pro but that will only add to your budget.

 

If wireless streaming, remote operating and connectivity are your thing then this is not the device for you. All of those features are available on other hearing aids.

 

Summary and overall verdict.

The Oticon Ria2 Pro will not cater to the needs for today’s tech savvy hearing aid users. That said, most people who use hearing aids, simply want a device that will allow them to hear the television or have a normal conversation at home or work. If that is the case then this model could be ideal for you.

 

It still has a fairly impressive range of features that will allow for a great quality of sound and an excellent user experience. Oticon are a very well known hearing aid manufacturer and having their name on the product means that it can be trusted from a quality point of view.

 

Whilst recognising it’s limitations, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid. It is a good quality product and will serve it’s owners very well throughout it’s lifetime.

 

Why buy from Hearing Direct.com

When choosing a new hearing aid it is vital to use a reputable supplier. I have used Hearing Direct.com for many years. The quality of service I always receive is second to none and their prices are always as good as I can find. They have a 6 point plan in place for all their hearing aids and this should be the very minimum to look for in a hearing aid supplier.

 

1. A full hearing test and examination (if necessary) by qualified professionals.

2. A full manufacturer’s warranty.

3. Fitting and programming of your hearing aids.

4. VAT inclusive prices.

5. Fine tuning and aftercare of your hearing aids for the lifetime of the devices.

6. 60 day full money back guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied.

 

Buy the Oticon Ria2 Pro with complete piece of mind here.

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Regards,

Eddie.