Learn more by reading the Frequently Asked Questions below:
There are many things that can cause hearing loss. Perhaps the most common causes are noise exposure and general aging.
Hearing instruments help people with hearing loss hear better by amplifying sounds through a micro miniature amplification system containing microphones, an amplifier, and little speakers called “receivers”. Sonify’s instruments feature advanced directional microphones, a powerful digital signal processor and the world’s most sophisticated receiver. Sonify emphasizes high frequency amplification, the area where speech cues are most prevalent.
It is common to have a hearing loss above the age of 55 or so. Some people have hearing loss their whole lives but most of us will start to see a mild to moderate hearing loss in the high frequencies as we turn 55-60 years old. This type of loss is called “presbycusis”. Most people will have some degree of presbycusis as they get older. It manifests itself as a mild to moderate hearing loss in the high frequencies. Many people with high frequency hearing loss complain they can hear, they just can’t understand as well as they used to, especially in the presence of noise or other people talking.
Sonify hearing instruments are designed to amplify soft sounds so they can be heard but they do not amplify loud sounds nearly as much. We use a “compression architecture” that automatically adjusts the gain based on the intensity of the sounds at the microphones.
Hearing aids purchased through the conventional channel cost more for a number of reasons, none of which have to do with technology. Many people with mild to moderate, high frequency hearing loss might not need a lot of assistance fitting this type of loss. They have enough of a problem to want to fix it, but don’t have a problem that justifies several thousands of dollars to fix.
Most hearing losses occur on both the right and left ears. Our brain needs the input from both ears to better understand where sounds are coming from and to better understand in noise. While one hearing aid could be worn, it is nowhere near as good as having balanced hearing on both sides of the head.
Yes. Most states require a return for credit period. We know it takes time to acclimate to amplification and we want our customers to be comfortable with their buying decision. We offer a 45-day trial period. You may return your instruments to Sonify if you feel they are not helping you hear better.
Directional microphones are a set of most commonly two microphones on a hearing instrument designed to help the user hear better in the presence of noise. They work by cancelling sounds from the rear and sides while amplifying sounds coming from the front of the user. Generally, we want to hear sounds coming from the direction we are facing so this technology can be very beneficial for those who spend time in restaurants, churches, theater and other noisier environments. So, having directional microphones is important.
However, not all directional systems are created equal. Just because a hearing aid has “directional microphones” doesn’t mean you are receiving any benefit at all. Only MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems) offer the most consistent directionality because humidity, and temperature have no diminishing effect on them. Conventional directional systems can and often do lose all the directionality in the presence of heat and humidity changes. Sonify’s directional microphone systems will always maintain optimal directionality in changing heat and humidity conditions.
Here are the top signs that you might have some hearing loss:
• Turning up the volume of the TV louder than others care for
• Difficulty understanding speech, especially in the presence of noise
• Hard to hear children’s and female voices
• Asking people to repeat themselves frequently
• Other people seem to mumble
Sonify hearing instruments all use a 312 battery. It is relatively inexpensive and ubiquitous. Normal wearing will allow for about 7-10 days per cell. Many things effect battery life like brand, listening conditions, volume settings etc….
Zinc Air hearing aid batteries use air as an energy source, and the tab seals the air holes on the battery. Once the tab is removed, it takes approximately two minutes before the hearing aid battery is activated/charged. You will receive maximum performance from your battery and instrument if you wait those 2 minutes before closing the battery drawer.
Hearing aids will last on average about 4 years. If you take good care of them, hearing instruments can last much longer. The average time hearing aid users upgrade to new technology is from 4 to 5 years.
• Daily cleaning with the supplied tools will do. Usually, people will clean them at night before they go to bed. It should take only a minute or so to wipe them clean and check for any debris in the thin tube and dome. It is very easy and fast.
• Keep well away from pets! Many expensive hearing instruments have perished in the jaws of family pets. Dogs and cats are attracted to them and the saltiness from your skin make them as irresistible as a bowl of popcorn to your pet.
• Avoid contact with hairspray
While your instruments might have a high level or water resistance, it is a very bad idea to shower, swim or bathe with your aids on your ears. Simply remove them beforehand.
There are several factors in considering the best hearing aids for you. For mild to moderate hearing loss, the RIC or Receiver(speaker) in the Canal tends to offer the best overall performance and comfort. Small, in-the-ear devices tend to give users a plugged up feeling and makes their own voice sound too loud and hollow.
Rechargeable hearing aids have some benefits. You never have to buy batteries and you don’t have to change batteries. The down side to cheaper rechargeable technology is they are somewhat unreliable. If you don’t have it placed on the charger just right, they won’t charge all night and you will be left with a hearing aid that is not functional in the morning.
Non-rechargeable hearing aids batteries are highly reliable and can be changed very quickly. The size 312 battery is commonly found in many stores and is inexpensive.