If you’re in the market for a hearing aid, it pays to do a bit of research first.
This article explains what to expect when buying a hearing aid – including the range of costs and benefits, and how this translates across the Connect Hearing product range.
If you’re new to hearing aids or looking to switch to a different product or brand, we’re excited to introduce you to the Connect Hearing range of hearing aids.
Lots of people are drawn to the Blamey Saunders brand because of our Australian technology origins and innovative device range.
So, if you’re partial to a bit of “tech shopping” and drawn to all things small, sleek and shiny, you’re going to be mightily impressed by the level of technology packed inside our tiny hearing aid “powerhouses”.
Why do hearing aids vary in price?
As you may know, the price of hearing aids will vary depending on what technology tier it fits into. Like most technical devices, the more you pay, the more features you get.
A more expensive hearing aid gives you access to features that a base model device is unlikely to have. Depending on your lifestyle, this may be the difference between taking part in the conversations and activities you love – or simply missing out.
How do I know which hearing aid to choose?
Our hearing care professionals are here to make this process simple for you. Once you’ve had your hearing tested and assessed, our professionals will recommend a variety of hearing aid options based on your budget, listening needs and personal preferences.
Depending on your listening lifestyle, you might benefit from a budget-friendly device with entry-level features that make quiet conversations with others clearer and easier.
Alternatively, you might spend more time in difficult listening situations, like noisy workplaces, social events or restaurants. In that case, you might benefit from a hearing aid with more trailblazing solutions that address even the most difficult hearing environments.
How to manage when listening environments are busy and complex
If you work in a noisy workplace such as a hospital, a busy open-plan office or a factory, hearing aids can help by reducing the sounds you don’t need to hear, so you can focus on the ones you do.
For instance, our most advanced hearing aids have built-in directional microphones, which are perfect if you spend a lot of time in difficult listening environments, as they enable the hearing aids to focus on speech and know where it’s coming from – which is useful in both crowds and where there’s background noise.
Best of all, you can discreetly adjust the volume and switch programs in the palm of your hand using an app on your smartphone. Gone are the days of fiddling with a hearing aid in or on your ear!
But what about noisy restaurants, you ask?
Restaurants are a classic example of a difficult listening situation: people talking all around you, the clinking of glasses, clattering of plates, goings-on in the kitchen and sometimes, loud background music, all reverberating around the room.
All these noises can make it difficult to hear the person across the table from you. However, ingenious, built in features help change all of that, again, by removing the sounds you don’t need to hear – goodbye cutlery clatter and hello to easy, sociable conversations!
Price options: a price and technology range that’s right for everyone
The good news is that there’s a hearing aid at a price and level of technology that’s right for every budget and listening lifestyle. The Connect Hearing range of hearing aids are small and discreet and available in varying technology levels. Plus, you get a choice of colour, too, which can match either your skin tone or hair colour.
What you choose comes down to your budget, hearing and lifestyle needs. Again, our hearing care professionals will guide and support you throughout this process and provide you with recommendations.
Just like many other technical devices, there’s a sliding scale of price in line with the features and benefits available.
Introducing Phonak Audéo™ Paradise
Your hearing needs are as unique as you are, which is why we’ve introduced Phonak Audéo Paradise. This is the latest range of hearing devices from Phonak, which combines all new hardware and software to allow for a true personalisation of the device to help you communicate, connect socially and thrive emotionally.
Plus, Phonak Paradise automatically responds to every listening situation, thanks to a range of new features:
Understanding someone who is speaking softly or from a distance in a quiet environment can be challenging. These unique devices address this challenge by boosting soft speech with an innovative feature called Speech Enhancer, so you can rediscover the joy of communicating with friends, colleagues or loved ones, all over again!
Dynamic Noise Cancellation^
Imagine being able to adjust and control your hearing aids in real time to make it easier to have a conversation with a friend in a noisy restaurant. Now you can with the Dynamic Noise Cancellation feature, allowing you to adjust the noise around you to your personal preference by using the myPhonak app.
Motion Sensor Hearing
Having a conversation with someone, especially while walking, can be difficult. When in a noisy environment, such as a busy street, it can become even more challenging. Phonak Paradise is equipped with a new motion sensor that can detect if you are moving, leading to better speech understanding and a better overall listening experience while on the go.*
Phonak Audéo Paradise devices can also connect to smartphones, TV and more. This means you can connect to your iOS®, Android™, or other Bluetooth®-enabled devices to stream audio directly to your hearing aids. You can also answer or reject phone calls for an absolute seamless listening experience; or for example, if you’re listening to music, you can switch to an incoming phone call. Plus, up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices can be paired to your aids and you can easily alternate between two simultaneously connected devices.
With the myPhonak app (available via the App Store or Google Play), you can control your hearing aids in the palm of your hand, as well as access useful features to ensure you’re getting the most out of them by personalising your settings. For example, you can adjust and control your sound settings on the go, switch between programs or create custom programs for specific listening situations you may be faced with.
And with Remote Support capabilities, you can be in touch with your Blamey Saunders hearing care professional to adjust your hearing aids remotely, in real-time. This is particularly useful in situations where you can’t make it to a clinic.
Our new Phonak Paradise range consists of:
Phonak Audéo Paradise 90 (hearing aid packages from $3,495 – $6,990) – available in Lithium Ion rechargeable.
Phonak Audéo Paradise 70 (hearing aid packages from $2,940 – $6,200) – available in Lithium Ion rechargeable or disposable Zinc Air batteries.
Our existing hearing aid range consists of:
Phonak Audéo Marvel 30 (hearing aid packages from $998 – $1,995) – available in disposable Zinc Air batteries.
Blamey Saunders Maestro (hearing aid packages from $1,095 – $1,900) – available in disposable Zinc Air batteries.
Supported by convenient accessories
With today’s technology, hearing aids have made understanding speech enjoyable, even in the most challenging listening situations. But sometimes, an extra boost can be helpful.
That’s why our hearing aids are supported by a wide range of wireless accessories which boost your hearing aid’s performance, keeping you connected and streaming from a range of devices.
You can also view our cleaning and maintenance tools to see how you can take the best care of your devices.
Ready to take the next step? Online testing is quick and free
The easiest way to find out what hearing aid is best suited to your needs is to take an online hearing test, which is quick, easy and free. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with one of our hearing care professionals.
We’re confident you’ll be delighted by our care, service and range of hearing aid technology. We look forward to supporting you along your hearing journey.
^Available in Paradise 90 only.