Imported Hearing Aids Sales

Americans import most of their digital and analog wireless hearing aids from China, while Canadians prefer hearing devices made in Denmark.In the first 11 months of 2009, the United States imported US$633.6 million worth of hearing aids from 33 manufacturing nations from around the world. This amount represents a 12.1% gain from the $565.4 million in imported hearing devices that Americans bought in the first 11 months in 2008.Over that same time frame in 2009, Canadians imported $90.9 million worth of hearing aids from 29 supplying nations. The 2009 dollar total is a 6.4% annual decline from the $97.1 million in hearing assistance products imported as of November 2008. These statistics exclude hearing aid parts and accessories.

These include digital aids. While that figure is paltry compared to the $198.1 million in imported hearing aids from China and the $167.3 million in sales from Denmark, the U.S. has shown a competitive advantage in making and selling invisible hearing aids to its Canadian trade partner.

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Hearing Aid Terms – Information that you have been looking for

You’ve known you’ve had a hearing loss or had a feeling of sound in my ears for quite some time now and you get up the nerve to get your hearing tested. They tell you that you need a hearing aid and you cant help but think, Why did this have to happen to me?? Then they start telling you about hearing aids and use tons of terminology that just goes right over your head. Don’t they know that you are in shock?? How can you make an informed decision about anything when you don’t even know what they are talking about!? There are hundreds of different hearing aids. It can be a very complicated world of technological terms. Sometimes those of us that work with hearing aids all the time can forget just how foreign they can sound to you. To make matters worse, the manufacturers like to call things different names, so they sound like something different. No wonder there’s so much confusion!

I am going to try to unravel some of the mystery for you. When you get down to it, there are really only a few terms you need to understand. These features are the ones that really matter, and the model or the style of the hearing aid.There are seven primary styles of hearing aids: ITE, Half Shell, ITC, Mini Canal, CIC, iic, BTE, and Open Ear.

In the Ear (ITE) : ITE hearing aids are the largest custom style of hearing aid, filling the bowl of your ear, and can have the most power and features available for in the ear hearing aids.

Half Shell (HS) : The Half Shell is a custom hearing aid that only fills about half the bowl of your ear. They are able to have a good deal of power and features, use a smaller battery, but are more cosmetically appealing.

In the Canal (ITC) : The next smallest size is the custom ITC hearing aid. Harder to see than the larger hearing aids, but also not able to have as much
power or as many features.

Mini Canal (MC) : Smaller than the ITC hearing aid, the custom mini canal uses a smaller battery and has even less power available. Features can also be more limited. For instance, a mini canal aid won’t have directional microphones. The MC style is mostly housed in the ear canal, with some of the body of the aid extending to the tragus – the fleshy part of the outer ear just in front of the ear canal.

Completely In The Canal (CIC): Smaller than the Mini Canal hearing aid, the tiny CIC uses the same size 10 battery as the MC, the difference being that the entire hearing aid is housed within the ear canal, with the faceplate of the hearing aid sitting at the entrance of the ear canal. A CIC hearing aid will be invisible from the front, and partially visible from the side. If a person is standing just behind you and to the side, they will be able to see something in your ear.

Invisible In The Canal (iic): Starkey were the first to introduce an invisible in the canal hearing aid, the Starkey Otolens, now replaced by the Starkey Soundlens. The Soundlens ideally sits at the second bend, deep within the ear canal and in this position it is truly invisible. The audiologist will need to have been trained in deep impression techniques, and will need specialist tools to do this safely, but many feel that Starkey remain the best at producing really tiny hearing aids. Phonak responded to the Soundlens by introducing the Phonak nano, which doesn’t sit quite so deep as the Soundlens, though they have compensated for this by making the nano very short, so that the faceplate is recessed from the entrance to the ear canal. Siemens have two invisible hearing aids, the Siemens imini and the Siemens eclipse – both do the same job in slightly different ways, and are excellent choices. Widex have the Widex iic, a hearing aid in which the body and faceplate are all in one piece, and ReSound have the ReSound Verso iic. Nowadays, there is so much choice in invisible iic hearing aids, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

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Difference Between Digital Hearing Aids and Analog Hearing Aids you are like the many millions of people who have bought digital hearing aids, you probably did not fully understand all of the mechanisms at play inside of that new hearing aid. You had your hearing problems and hearing tested and were told which hearing aids would work best for your hearing loss. So, just what are digital hearing aids and what makes them different? Digital hearing aids use computer technology. The comfort and sound level that you hear can be custom-tailored to your unique hearing loss. This is accomplished by connecting the digital hearing aids to a computer and programming them to your loss. But, there are non-digital / analog hearing aids that can be programmed this way too.

Hearing aids receive sound through the microphone. Distortion and noise are added to the sound from the microphone. This is because microphones make noise. Analog hearing aids pass the sound on to you with the noise and distortion. Digital hearing instruments clean sounds as they come into the hearing aids so that there is less noise and distortion. The sound is then sent to the amplifier, where your digital hearing aids measure the sound and decide how much power to add in order for you to.

After being amplified the sound is sent to the receiver (the speaker) and is then cleaned up again before being sent to your ear. This is also where digital hearing aids look for feedback (whistling) and work to cancel it before the feedback happens. Digital hearing aids actually perform millions of complex calculations in less than the blink of an eye, so fast you cannot even tell it has happened. The entire process is extremely complicated.

Digital hearing aids are able to be set more precisely to your hearing loss. Why Do Some People Have Difficulty Changing from Analog to Digital Hearing Aids? Some people who have worn analog hearing aids for a long period of time have been unsuccessful when they first tried digital hearing aids. If digital is so much better, why do these people not like them? Over time we are conditions to like or dislike certain things.

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