Virtually Invisible Hearing Aid is First to Connect
Wirelessly to Smartphones, TVs and More

Dr. Julie Ann Rikard and Dr. Gracie Herndon of Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, AL know that when selecting hearing aids, size matters – but so does performance. “There’s no doubt that size holds special appeal for the one in five people who choose discretion over other factors,” Rikard explains. “But ultimately, it is the ability to hear better that motivates people with hearing loss to seek a hearing solution.”

The latest advances in hearing technology are now making it possible for people with hearing loss to get the ultra-discreet size they want and the better hearing they need. Dr Rikard and Dr. Herndon are some of the first hearing care professionals in the US to offer the new Oticon invisible-in-the-ear (IIC) wireless hearing solution. The tiny hearing device is custom fit and positioned deep in the ear canal, making it virtually invisible. For the first time, built-in wireless capabilities allow two of the tiny hearing devices to communicate with each other, supporting the way the ears work together naturally. The benefit is a more accurate spatial awareness that is essential to better hearing in all environments, especially those with surrounding conversations, such as in crowds or restaurants.

“Users can also stream audio to the hearing devices from a variety of modern communication devices - turning their hearing aids into a personal mini-headset,” says Dr. Herndon. “Wireless connectivity allows users to talk hands-free on the cell or home phone, enjoy music, watch TV, and much more. There is even a free app for smartphones.”

A small Remote Control, roughly the size of a modern car key, provides discreet control over the hearing devices. With it, users can easily adjust the volume or switch between programs for a more personalized listening experience.

Making Sense of Sound

The tiny hearing aid is one of a selection on new ultra compact hearing solutions now available at Physicians Hearing Center. Each is a powerhouse of audiological benefits powered by Oticon’s proprietary BrainHearing™ technology. This “brain first” approach works to preserve as much natural sound and detail as possible so that the brain receives the quality input needed to make sense of sound. “With more sound information, the brain doesn’t have to work as hard to understand what is being said,” notes Dr. Rikard. “The result is a clearer, more effortless listening experience that helps preserve energy throughout the day.”

For more information about the tiny new wireless hearing device and a range of other ultra-discreet design choices available from Oticon, contact Physicians Hearing Center at (334)673-7399.