Those with hearing loss know that hearing is a personal experience. Within the condition itself, there are many degrees and configurations of one’s hearing abilities. Hearing loss degrees range from mild to profound. Mild and moderate hearing loss interferes with the ability to clearly hear sounds between 25 to 40 decibels (mild hearing loss) and 40 to 70 decibels (moderate hearing loss).
Severe hearing loss makes it difficult for people to hear anything quieter than 70 to 95 decibels. People who experience profound hearing loss struggle to hear anything quieter than 95 decibels or higher.
Approximately 33% of people with hearing loss experience severe to profound degrees. For those who experience severe to profound hearing loss, high-powered hearing aids are necessary.
Hearing aid manufacturers offer hearing aid models that treat severe to profound hearing loss. Here are our top picks.
The Nitro is a behind-the-ear hearing aid that is designed to address severe to profound hearing loss. Nitro offers excellent amplification, outstanding speech intelligibility (especially sounds in lower frequencies), and listening enjoyment. Powered by Siemens’ BestSound Technology, Nitro is equipped with wireless connectivity, allowing wearers to stream phone calls, music, and other media directly to their ears. For all of its power, Nitro has low battery consumption. Nitro also comes equipped with tinnitus therapy and telecoil (to connect to hearing loop systems for extra amplification).
Oticon introduced three power hearing aids in 2015 to address the diverse needs of severe to profound hearing loss. Built on the Inium Sense platform and equipped with Oticon’s BrainHearing Technology, all three hearing aids offer clear sound and better speech understanding. The Speech Rescue feature enhances speech in higher frequencies, and BrainHearing Technology supports the brain’s function in the auditory process, allowing for an easier listening experience. Feedback cancellation eliminates the frustrating sounds of feedback, especially in aids with higher amplification. BTE Plus Power may be found in popular Oticon hearing aid models such as Alta 2, Nera 2, and Ria 2 families. Sensei SP is designed for pediatric hearing loss, while the Dynamo may be coupled with a cochlear implant.
ReSound’s ENZO2 is a super power smart hearing aid with excellent sound quality and durable design. The Spatial Sense feature gives ENZO2 wearers enhanced directionality to identify where sounds are coming from. ENZO2 has greater amplification without noise and feedback, and better speech understanding. These wireless behind-the-ear hearing aids connect to your personal electronic devices, allowing for phone call and music streaming. Other features include Binaural Directionality II, to deliver spatial awareness and focus on speech within noise; Noise Tracker, to improve listening in noisy environments; and Sound Shaper, to capture high frequency sounds and improve speech audibility.
SUPER is a small, receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid that enhances speech in noisy environments, boasts a long battery life, and is weather resistant. SUPER is especially useful for capturing speech from speakers who are situated behind the wearer. SUPER is equipped with a powerful receiver and amplifier, as well as InterEar feedback cancellation which eliminates the whistles of feedback with higher levels of amplification. SUPER is also equipped to soften sudden, harsh loud sounds for a comfortable listening experience. Customized earmolds for the receiver ensure a good fit – and thus, good sound.
If you believe you are experiencing higher degrees of hearing loss, contact us at Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids.
333 W Thomas Rd. Suite 208a
Phoenix, AZ 85013