New hearing aids released

The Hearing Group is offering two new hearing aids from Phonak and Oticon Inc.

The small receiver-in-canal Audéo B-R from Phonak's Belong platform uses a built-in lithium-ion battery offering 24-hours of service with one nightly charge and 40% more power than similar devices, the company said.

The second new device, the Oticon Opn™, lets users clearly hear one speaker in a crowded location, such as a noisy restaurant, without dampening other nearby speakers. It offers web connectivity features.

"The miniaturization and performance qualities behind smartphone technology is now driving more discreet RIC construction that's practically invisible, along with clearer sound quality, longer battery life and now web-based options that link hearing aids to the digital devices we interact with each day," said Robbi Hershon, Au.D., CCC-A, an audiologist at The Hearing Center. "One can even engage house lights or appliances automatically when switching on the hearing aid each morning.”

Oticon Opn™ has an app that connects to a TV or Apple Inc. product, allowing uses to listen to music, voice or video chats more clearly. The aids and similar products for mild to severe hearing loss are available at The Hearing Group in West Orange, NJ.