Meet The New Opn S Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Oticon has decided to go with a lithium-ion powered rechargeable hearing aid for the new Opn S platform. The specs look good and it means that finally, Oticon has joined many of the other big brands to back lithium-ion as a power source. It seems to make sense, there appear to be few problems if any with the systems. In the near future when power management systems get better and power density increases in battery packs, I half expect every hearing device to be rechargeable. Anyway, let’s talk about the new Opn S miniRITE-R. 

Oticon Opn S rechargeable hearing aids

The devices themselves look very like the miniRITE-T and appear to be around the same size. They have the dual push button at the bottom of the spine but obviously no battery door. Overall, they appear no bigger than any of the rechargeable hearing aids from the other brands that I have seen so far.

They can use any of the typical receivers that Oticon offers so that means they should be suitable for hearing losses that range from mild all the way to severe to profound. We will know more about that next week.

The Charger

Oticon seems to have taken a different tack when it comes to the charger than some of the brands. The charger is just that, a desktop charger, it isn’t a carrying case nor does it offer extra power on the go. I think that is a mistake and I have said the same thing about another hearing aid brand. Having said that, most people won’t mind and the charger itself is pretty as well as functional.

As with other systems, you simply place the hearing aids in the charger at night and it turns them off and begins charging. When you take the hearing aids out of the charger in the morning, it turns them on. Like every other brand they advise that if you take the hearing aids out of your ears, the best place for them is in the charger. However, if you take them out while you are out and about for some reason, you can turn them off by pressing the button on the back and holding it for a few seconds.

The hearing aids take just three hours to fully charge, and If you forget to charge them, a quick 30-minute charge will provide another six hours of use. Oticon says that they offer:

  • Super fast three-hour charging time for a full day of power
  • Quick recharge – 30 minutes for an additional five hours of power
  • Contact-free and reliable, inductive charging
  • Intuitive-to-use, stable and stylish charger

Battery Life

Oticon says that the new Opn S miniRITE-R will provide:

  • 24 hours of battery life with no streaming
  • 18 hours of battery life with five hours of streaming

Those figures are in line with most of the other brands with lithium-ion powered hearing aids. All in all, they look like pretty solid options if you are looking for a rechargeable hearing aid. When you combine the specs with the benefits in speech understanding that Oticon is quoting from their new system they look really good.

Oticon to Introduce New Opn S Range of Hearing Aids in March 2019

Oticon has just announced the introduction of a new range of hearing aids in March 2019. The Opn S will be the replacement for the original Opn range and will be introduced in three levels of technology with four initial model types. The Opn has been hugely successful for Oticon and we still rate it as one of the best hearing aids around even though it has been around for years. Oticon has made some bold claims about the new Opn S and the benefits delivered over the original Opn platform. They boil down to 15% improved speech understanding, 10% reduced listening effort and finally, 10% increased memory recall. Let’s talk about the Opn S.

Opn S Performance presentation

Source: Demant A/S financial presentation

Increased Performance

The details of the increased performance are based on Oticon research from Josefine Juul Jensen.  Josefine Juul Jensen works as a Clinical Research Audiologist at the Centre for Applied Audiology Research at Oticon Headquarters in Denmark. She also undertook the research that formed the basis for claims that Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology improves hearing-aid users’ ability to understand speech in noise.

The announcement went on to say

From the company that introduced the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid, comes a new hearing aid to enable people with hearing loss to experience speech understanding at a level on par with people with normal hearing*. The new Oticon Opn S™ helps people with hearing loss thrive in noisy venues, such as bars and restaurants. Oticon Opn S™ also says goodbye to feedback, i.e. the bothersome whistling that hearing aid wearers commonly experience, and features all of the lifestyle-enhancing connectivity features that Oticon is renowned for revolutionising.

Better Feedback Cancelling

The announcement said that in addition to better sound processing, the new hearing aids will feature dramatically improved feedback cancelling. Oticon hearing aids have in the past struggled with feedback, however, the Opn range did reduce the problems. It seems that Oticon believes the new system in the Opn S will eliminate the problem entirely. 

Noting that even the simple act of hugging someone can cause annoying high-pitched feedback, Oticon Global Brand President Ole Asboe Jørgensen said that “without the risk of feedback, users can now feel confidently comfortable wearing their hearing aids.

OpenSound Booster?

The company also mentioned a new OpenSound Booster in the Oticon On App. They said that “users will be able to use their iPhone or Android smartphones to boost hearing support in their hearing aids when they feel they need it.” This is a little fascinating for me, the announcement did not go into details but I am intrigued as to what this may be. They said, “users can very simply select a boost of hearing support whenever they feel they need it.” That has me a little fascinated, and I look forward to finding out a bit more.

The Models

Oticon Opn S Range

The new range will initially come in four model types at three levels of technology and the market rollout of the Opn S family will start in March. The model types look like a Mini RITE, a Mini RITE-T, a Lithium-Ion rechargeable Mini RITE-T and a 13 BTE. As I said, this will be the first time Oticon goes with a lithium-ion power source. The details are scant and we would expect them to become clearer as we get close to launch time.

Oticon Opn S Rechargeable device

Bernafon & Sonic to follow

The end of year results also mentioned that both Bernafon and Sonic will be introducing new platforms sometime in quarter 2, 2019.

Made For iPhone

We assume the range will be Made For iPhone as the Opn was, however, details on connection to other devices is non-existent right now. I would expect the devices to be able to connect to existing Oticon remote mics and TV streamers, but not even that is for sure. As per usual, as the information comes out, we will let you know.

Signia Teasing New Hearing Aid Launch

Signia has been teasing around a new hearing aid launch over the last week or so through professional channels. They are keeping the info close to their chest though and appear to have set a launch date for Early March. The teasers appear to contain a Styletto type hearing aid.

Styletto hearing aids in charger

The Styletto was a break from the norm, in essence, it introduced a new form factor to the industry. While it is a Receiver In Canal hearing aid (RIC), it is a RIC like no other. I tried the devices and I was particularly impressed by them, they looked good and the charger case was fantastic.

A New Style?

It will be interesting to see what Signia release, the Styletto was generally well received although some were put off by the lack of connectivity. Signia have a track record for quirky innovation when it comes to model types though, so will there be a brand new model type, will it be an upgraded Styletto? We don’t know yet but bear with us, and when the launch happens we will update you.

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Buying Hearing Aids, Do You Know What You Want?

We Want Cheap Hearing Aids & We Want Them Now!

In our last article, we spoke about the recent announcement of a new subscription model for the purchase of hearing aids by iHear. The article got me thinking about consumer wants in hearing care. Consumers are demanding change in the hearing aid business model, but it strikes me that many don’t know exactly what they want. I think some of the problems is knowledge or the lack of it. I also think that some of the issues are the inability of professionals to communicate their worth, while it has all been compounded by professionals who don’t do the job properly. I am not here to blindly defend my profession, but neither am I here to encourage rubbish talk. Let’s take a look.

Linx Resound Quattro rechargeable hearing aids

We Want Cheap Hearing Aids!

I think for many consumers, in particular in the USA, the demand is for cheap hearing aids. This appears to be a constant, why are hearing aids so expensive, the audiologists are ripping us off. Hearing aids should be cheaper! These demands have led to the introduction of the OTC legislation in the US and they drive online device sellers. These types of demands are based on the fact that many people think that the solution to their hearing woes is simply technology. Well, that isn’t true, or at least it’s not true if the hearing care professional you are dealing with is providing best practice care. Here is why.

Technology Isn’t Enough

At this minute in time, even the best technology doesn’t meet all the needs of people with hearing loss straight out of the box. Add to that the fact that much of the cheaper alternatives to hearing aids available online are just cheap rubbish and you begin to see the issues at hand. Even with the advent of self-fitting mechanisms based on pure tone sounds, there isn’t a clear understanding of the complexity of a hearing loss. In order to really understand someone’s hearing loss and the effect it has, you need an in-depth hearing test to understand what is going on.

As I said, this isn’t a defence of the existing business model, so bear with me. That test needs to include at the very least, speech in noise testing and probably speech discrimination testing. Speech testing in this manner allows us to understand the effect that your hearing loss is having on your ability to understand speech and how noise effects that understanding.

Are Those Results Important?

This is where it gets a little interesting, strictly speaking, the results of those tests have no bearing on the fitting of a hearing aid. However, they shape our decisions on what hearing aids would best help you. More than that, the results allow us to explain clearly what you can expect from hearing aids and how you are likely to get on.

If your speech discrimination is 60% and your ability to hear speech in noise is terrible, well then we are going to recommend high technology hearing aids and assistive listening devices. We are also going to tell you that even with those devices, some situations are always going to be a struggle, but the equipment will help. With all of this information, you can make a well-informed decision about what you want to do.

Verifying The Fit

I am a staunch proponent of fit verification, I want to do real ear measurements that allow me to independently verify that the hearing aids are doing what they should be. I don’t do traditional REMs, because I think they are arbitrary measures, but that’s an argument for another day. I undertake visual speech mapping because it allows me to verify that the hearing aids are putting amplified speech into your residual speech envelope.

I believe that this is a hugely important verification procedure and anyone who tells you it isn’t, is bullshitting you plain and simple. Hey don’t believe me, here’s a well-known Yank who knows a thing or two, as irritatingly young and American as he is (damn middle age, bitter? Not I), he delivers clear and trusted info:

Ongoing Aftercare

Ongoing aftercare appears to be a must, hell, you people seem to be completely unable to damn clean your hearing aids and replace wax guards. You never told me about them! Yes, yes I did, several times, many, many, many times. Sense the exasperation?

More than that though, over the next couple of years things are going to change. Your hearing will change, the efficacy of the initial programming of the device will change. Generally, if your hearing changes enough, you will need new programming and that will have to be verified. Hearing better is an ongoing process.

Paying For That

Generally and up to now, that mixture of service and product has been charged in one up-front lump sum. I am not here to defend that, merely to state that has been the business model since time began. There are two problems I see with it, firstly, very few itemise the invoice so you don’t really understand what you are paying for and secondly, it’s damn rigid and arbitrary, something that I rail against in life.

It is my experience that many hearing care professionals have little or no imagination. They cling to the traditional model because they don’t have the wit to move towards something else. Their love of the traditional business model isn’t a blind defence of a greedy hegemony, it simply is lack of imagination and will to change.

In fairness, much of their inability to change is based on experience. You lot are damned useless with hearing aid care, you don’t listen to anyone (you didn’t tell me that) and generally, you are a huge pain in the arse. And that’s coming from someone who advocates for you.

Changing The Business Model

You want change, I think there is room for change, but what should that change be? With the last few paragraphs in mind, do you want to forgo service? Is there testing or verification processes that you think you don’t need? Do you think aftercare is not something that you want or need?

The answers to these questions will help shape the business model and the pricing of the future. As I said at the beginning, some of the problem here is lack of knowledge, much of the problem is the fact that hearing care professionals have been idiotic and focused their messaging on the technology, not what they do to make sure the technology works. That has been further compounded by lazy hearing care professionals who don’t follow best hearing practices but charge top dollar for their services.

Business Model Options?

So what are the business model options, by that I mean how can we meet your needs while still ensuring that we are paid for our time and experience? I think the question is, do you want it cheap and nasty or do you want it done properly while getting value for money?

Subscription Services

I think subscription services, or pay as you go services have validity, however, it will mean real changes in the business. It may also mean a complete separation of product and service. By that I mean, the subscription fee is purely product based while you pay for every service offered on an ongoing basis.

Service-Based Pricing

Perhaps service-based pricing is more palatable, there could be three different prices for the same hearing aids based on the services bundled or the longevity of the services offered. 1,500 of your favourite currency for the hearing aids with an in-depth testing and fitting process with one follow up, warranty handling included. After that, you pay a fee for every visit based on what happens at the visit.

4,000 of your favourite currency for the same hearing aids with five years of comprehensive service including yearly tests, wax removal and extended warranty. This type of pricing will give people with affordability issues or people who don’t think they need in-depth service access to devices which are well fitted at a reasonable price.

Hearing Aid Only

Perhaps in the future, the major hearing aid brands will introduce hearing devices that can be self-fitted. You purchase them from us and basically do your thing. All the while knowing that you can pay to see us to receive a gold standard testing and fitting experience.

While the business model needs change, consumers need to be careful that they don’t get what they wish for. Most consumer demands are based on the idea that the traditional hearing care business is a greedy hegemony, in most instances, that really isn’t the case.

The sooner hearing care professionals communicate their worth the better. Even more importantly, the sooner all hearing care professional follow recognised best practice processes as they should be, the better that value will be communicated to consumers through real actions.

Wake Up, Smell The Coffee

Having said that, consumers need to wake up and smell the damn coffee, educate yourself on your hearing and the technology available. Understand that hearing aids aren’t all the same, more importantly, clearly understand that some piece of crap that is being sold for 300 of your favourite currency bears as much resemblance to a proper hearing aid as chalk does to cheese.

iHear To Launch Subscription Based Hearing Aids

Changing how you buy hearing aids

How you buy hearing aids hasn’t really changed since the beginning. Some hearing aid professionals have moved towards a more transparent sales model with unbundling, but generally, most offer bundled prices. Consumers, in general, aren’t happy with that, mostly because of a lack of both transparency and understanding. It all means that the business model of hearing aids is ripe for disruption. It appears that iHEAR Medical has clear ideas about how they are going to do just that. They recently announced plans to launch subscription plans which they say are “designed to make advanced hearing technology more affordable and accessible for the millions of Americans suffering from untreated hearing loss”.

iHear hearing aid

A subscription model

Consumers are used to and familiar with the subscription model. Think Netflix, most professional type software, cell phones. It appears iHear considers that familiarity and acceptance mean that consumers won’t baulk at it when buying hearing aids. According to the company press release, their patented hearing aid technology will allow consumers to subscribe to advanced hearing aids and optional wireless services on a pay-as-you-go model or at a low monthly fee.

That’s an interesting concept and I think it will be the first model of this type in the hearing aid sector. They say that the subscription hearing solutions will offer consumers the ability to personalize their hearing experience to suit their budget and individual needs.

“iHEAR’s patented service model lowers the entry point and saves consumers money by providing opportunities to subscribe to a combination of devices and services that addresses individual hearing needs and budget. Consumers will have the flexibility to adjust their subscription as their needs change.” —John Luna, CEO of iHEAR Medical

The company says that it will launch its subscription service in conjunction with mobile apps for wireless programming of its next-generation hearing device. They say that the devices will feature Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, which will enable consumers to connect and interact with smart devices in their environment. 

iHEAR says that the new subscription devices and services will be offered through the company’s web-based platform. They say that they will provide end-to-end solutions from home hearing screening to self-programming and interestingly, remote professional support of hearing devices.

A changing world

I think that this is just one example of the changing world we are entering. Hearing aids on a subscription will make sense to some. However, it might not make sense to everyone, some will still be happy to use the traditional type payment model. You can be sure though, that this won’t be the only interesting change to how hearing aids are purchased in the next few years.

Comparing the Nano Hearing .Com Hearing Aid to Cheap Alibaba Amplifiers

In an article we undertook quite a while ago called “Nano Hearing Aids, An Outrageous Hearing Aids Rip Off Site, nanohearingaids.com”, we explained why the devices from nanohearingaids.com were an outrageous rip-off and pointed out the blatant lies that they tell consumers. Anyway, we pointed out that those Nano CIC hearing aids looked just like cheap Alibaba amplifiers that could be bought for around thirty dollars. Dr Cliff Olson a highly respected Doctor of Audiology who provides hearing care and hearing aids in Phoenix, Arizona went one better. He got his hands on both the Nano CIC and the cheap Alibaba amplifier. He ran a load of diagnostics on the devices and surprise, surprise, they are almost identical. Let’s talk about what he found out and the video he undertook.

Nano hearing aids site

Who is Dr Cliff?

First of all, let me tell you who Cliff Olson is and why his opinion matters and can be trusted implicitly. Cliff has dedicated himself to producing high-quality educational videos which allow consumers to be informed about hearing aids and hearing care. His Youtube channel is by now famous and he has over 27,000 subscribers. His videos get thousands of views. Cliff knows what he is doing and he prides himself on giving clear unbiased info.

What Did He Do?

So Cliff ordered the two separate devices from Nano and Alibaba. When they turned up, he did a physical comparison between the devices. In essence, apart from the branding, the two devices were exactly the same. More than that though, they were both packaged with an accessory pack that was exactly the same right down to the little screwdriver to turn the volume control. But hey, that could simply be a coincidence, you know, these things happen. Sometimes if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a swan in disguise right? Well, no, actually, it’s usually a duck.

Electro-Acoustic Testing

Cliff undertook electroacoustic testing of the device using an industry standard testing device (hearing industry). What he found out was fascinating. The Otometrics hearing instrument test box allows us to measure the Diagnostics of hearing aids with an extremely high level of accuracy by doing a diagnostic test.  With the equipment, Cliff could directly compare the output of the Nano hearing aids with the Alibaba amplifiers in a very controlled environment that eliminates variability of measurement. 

He ran the Nano hearing aid through the diagnostic testing sequence first and he found that he couldn’t complete the full usual set of tests because the volume control on the Nano hearing aid was only set for two levels of volume, minimum and maximum, there was no in-between. It seems that even though the Nano devices have volume wheels they only have two volume settings maximum volume and minimum volume no matter how much he adjusted the volume wheel.

After completing the testing with the Nano hearing aid he undertook the test sequence with the Alibaba amplifier There was a striking similarity between the results of the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices right down to the exact same issues with the volume control occurred with the Alibaba devices just like they did with the nanos. The finished output comparison between the nano devices and the Alibaba devices showed the numbers are almost identical almost as if he was testing the exact same device. Imagine that?!

Performance in The Ear

Cliff, not being one for half measures then used a real ear testing device to see how both the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices actually worked in the ear. Yes, you guessed it, exactly the same, identical performance from both. However, we learned a rather worrying thing from this test. Cliff set the targets for a normal sloping to moderate sensorineural hearing loss which is a very easy type of hearing loss prescription to match. He found that the outputs from both devices set to low volume just didn’t match the targets needed. Even worse, the ouputs on the maximum volume could in fact further damage someone’s hearing.

Cliff Olson finished off his video by saying that he couldn’t advise anyone to even try either of the devices. He, like us is an unbiased source of information who is simply concerned that consumers get good solid easy to understand information. While it is difficult to say that these devices are the same device without deeper investigation, the simple fact is this:

  • Same crap build quality
  • Same volume wheel functionality
  • Same crap sound
  • Exactly the same electro-accoustic characteristics
  • Exactly the same output curves in the ear

Comparing the Nano Hearing .Com Hearing Aid to Cheap Alibaba Amplifiers

In an article we undertook quite a while ago called “Nano Hearing Aids, An Outrageous Hearing Aids Rip Off Site, nanohearingaids.com”, we explained why the devices from nanohearingaids.com were an outrageous rip-off and pointed out the blatant lies that they tell consumers. Anyway, we pointed out that those Nano CIC hearing aids looked just like cheap Alibaba amplifiers that could be bought for around thirty dollars. Dr Cliff Olson a highly respected Doctor of Audiology who provides hearing care and hearing aids in Phoenix, Arizona went one better. He got his hands on both the Nano CIC and the cheap Alibaba amplifier. He ran a load of diagnostics on the devices and surprise, surprise, they are almost identical. Let’s talk about what he found out and the video he undertook.

Nano hearing aids site

Who is Dr Cliff?

First of all, let me tell you who Cliff Olson is and why his opinion matters and can be trusted implicitly. Cliff has dedicated himself to producing high-quality educational videos which allow consumers to be informed about hearing aids and hearing care. His Youtube channel is by now famous and he has over 27,000 subscribers. His videos get thousands of views. Cliff knows what he is doing and he prides himself on giving clear unbiased info.

What Did He Do?

So Cliff ordered the two separate devices from Nano and Alibaba. When they turned up, he did a physical comparison between the devices. In essence, apart from the branding, the two devices were exactly the same. More than that though, they were both packaged with an accessory pack that was exactly the same right down to the little screwdriver to turn the volume control. But hey, that could simply be a coincidence, you know, these things happen. Sometimes if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a swan in disguise right? Well, no, actually, it’s usually a duck.

Electro-Acoustic Testing

Cliff undertook electroacoustic testing of the device using an industry standard testing device (hearing industry). What he found out was fascinating. The Otometrics hearing instrument test box allows us to measure the Diagnostics of hearing aids with an extremely high level of accuracy by doing a diagnostic test.  With the equipment, Cliff could directly compare the output of the Nano hearing aids with the Alibaba amplifiers in a very controlled environment that eliminates variability of measurement. 

He ran the Nano hearing aid through the diagnostic testing sequence first and he found that he couldn’t complete the full usual set of tests because the volume control on the Nano hearing aid was only set for two levels of volume, minimum and maximum, there was no in-between. It seems that even though the Nano devices have volume wheels they only have two volume settings maximum volume and minimum volume no matter how much he adjusted the volume wheel.

After completing the testing with the Nano hearing aid he undertook the test sequence with the Alibaba amplifier There was a striking similarity between the results of the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices right down to the exact same issues with the volume control occurred with the Alibaba devices just like they did with the nanos. The finished output comparison between the nano devices and the Alibaba devices showed the numbers are almost identical almost as if he was testing the exact same device. Imagine that?!

Performance in The Ear

Cliff, not being one for half measures then used a real ear testing device to see how both the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices actually worked in the ear. Yes, you guessed it, exactly the same, identical performance from both. However, we learned a rather worrying thing from this test. Cliff set the targets for a normal sloping to moderate sensorineural hearing loss which is a very easy type of hearing loss prescription to match. He found that the outputs from both devices set to low volume just didn’t match the targets needed. Even worse, the ouputs on the maximum volume could in fact further damage someone’s hearing.

Cliff Olson finished off his video by saying that he couldn’t advise anyone to even try either of the devices. He, like us is an unbiased source of information who is simply concerned that consumers get good solid easy to understand information. While it is difficult to say that these devices are the same device without deeper investigation, the simple fact is this:

  • Same crap build quality
  • Same volume wheel functionality
  • Same crap sound
  • Exactly the same electro-accoustic characteristics
  • Exactly the same output curves in the ear

Comparing the Nano Hearing .Com Hearing Aid to Cheap Alibaba Amplifiers

In an article we undertook quite a while ago called “Nano Hearing Aids, An Outrageous Hearing Aids Rip Off Site, nanohearingaids.com”, we explained why the devices from nanohearingaids.com were an outrageous rip-off and pointed out the blatant lies that they tell consumers. Anyway, we pointed out that those Nano CIC hearing aids looked just like cheap Alibaba amplifiers that could be bought for around thirty dollars. Dr Cliff Olson a highly respected Doctor of Audiology who provides hearing care and hearing aids in Phoenix, Arizona went one better. He got his hands on both the Nano CIC and the cheap Alibaba amplifier. He ran a load of diagnostics on the devices and surprise, surprise, they are almost identical. Let’s talk about what he found out and the video he undertook.

Nano hearing aids site

Who is Dr Cliff?

First of all, let me tell you who Cliff Olson is and why his opinion matters and can be trusted implicitly. Cliff has dedicated himself to producing high-quality educational videos which allow consumers to be informed about hearing aids and hearing care. His Youtube channel is by now famous and he has over 27,000 subscribers. His videos get thousands of views. Cliff knows what he is doing and he prides himself on giving clear unbiased info.

What Did He Do?

So Cliff ordered the two separate devices from Nano and Alibaba. When they turned up, he did a physical comparison between the devices. In essence, apart from the branding, the two devices were exactly the same. More than that though, they were both packaged with an accessory pack that was exactly the same right down to the little screwdriver to turn the volume control. But hey, that could simply be a coincidence, you know, these things happen. Sometimes if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a swan in disguise right? Well, no, actually, it’s usually a duck.

Electro-Acoustic Testing

Cliff undertook electroacoustic testing of the device using an industry standard testing device (hearing industry). What he found out was fascinating. The Otometrics hearing instrument test box allows us to measure the Diagnostics of hearing aids with an extremely high level of accuracy by doing a diagnostic test.  With the equipment, Cliff could directly compare the output of the Nano hearing aids with the Alibaba amplifiers in a very controlled environment that eliminates variability of measurement. 

He ran the Nano hearing aid through the diagnostic testing sequence first and he found that he couldn’t complete the full usual set of tests because the volume control on the Nano hearing aid was only set for two levels of volume, minimum and maximum, there was no in-between. It seems that even though the Nano devices have volume wheels they only have two volume settings maximum volume and minimum volume no matter how much he adjusted the volume wheel.

After completing the testing with the Nano hearing aid he undertook the test sequence with the Alibaba amplifier There was a striking similarity between the results of the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices right down to the exact same issues with the volume control occurred with the Alibaba devices just like they did with the nanos. The finished output comparison between the nano devices and the Alibaba devices showed the numbers are almost identical almost as if he was testing the exact same device. Imagine that?!

Performance in The Ear

Cliff, not being one for half measures then used a real ear testing device to see how both the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices actually worked in the ear. Yes, you guessed it, exactly the same, identical performance from both. However, we learned a rather worrying thing from this test. Cliff set the targets for a normal sloping to moderate sensorineural hearing loss which is a very easy type of hearing loss prescription to match. He found that the outputs from both devices set to low volume just didn’t match the targets needed. Even worse, the ouputs on the maximum volume could in fact further damage someone’s hearing.

Cliff Olson finished off his video by saying that he couldn’t advise anyone to even try either of the devices. He, like us is an unbiased source of information who is simply concerned that consumers get good solid easy to understand information. While it is difficult to say that these devices are the same device without deeper investigation, the simple fact is this:

  • Same crap build quality
  • Same volume wheel functionality
  • Same crap sound
  • Exactly the same electro-accoustic characteristics
  • Exactly the same output curves in the ear

Comparing the Nano Hearing .Com Hearing Aid to Cheap Alibaba Amplifiers

In an article we undertook quite a while ago called “Nano Hearing Aids, An Outrageous Hearing Aids Rip Off Site, nanohearingaids.com”, we explained why the devices from nanohearingaids.com were an outrageous rip-off and pointed out the blatant lies that they tell consumers. Anyway, we pointed out that those Nano CIC hearing aids looked just like cheap Alibaba amplifiers that could be bought for around thirty dollars. Dr Cliff Olson a highly respected Doctor of Audiology who provides hearing care and hearing aids in Phoenix, Arizona went one better. He got his hands on both the Nano CIC and the cheap Alibaba amplifier. He ran a load of diagnostics on the devices and surprise, surprise, they are almost identical. Let’s talk about what he found out and the video he undertook.

Nano hearing aids site

Who is Dr Cliff?

First of all, let me tell you who Cliff Olson is and why his opinion matters and can be trusted implicitly. Cliff has dedicated himself to producing high-quality educational videos which allow consumers to be informed about hearing aids and hearing care. His Youtube channel is by now famous and he has over 27,000 subscribers. His videos get thousands of views. Cliff knows what he is doing and he prides himself on giving clear unbiased info.

What Did He Do?

So Cliff ordered the two separate devices from Nano and Alibaba. When they turned up, he did a physical comparison between the devices. In essence, apart from the branding, the two devices were exactly the same. More than that though, they were both packaged with an accessory pack that was exactly the same right down to the little screwdriver to turn the volume control. But hey, that could simply be a coincidence, you know, these things happen. Sometimes if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a swan in disguise right? Well, no, actually, it’s usually a duck.

Electro-Acoustic Testing

Cliff undertook electroacoustic testing of the device using an industry standard testing device (hearing industry). What he found out was fascinating. The Otometrics hearing instrument test box allows us to measure the Diagnostics of hearing aids with an extremely high level of accuracy by doing a diagnostic test.  With the equipment, Cliff could directly compare the output of the Nano hearing aids with the Alibaba amplifiers in a very controlled environment that eliminates variability of measurement. 

He ran the Nano hearing aid through the diagnostic testing sequence first and he found that he couldn’t complete the full usual set of tests because the volume control on the Nano hearing aid was only set for two levels of volume, minimum and maximum, there was no in-between. It seems that even though the Nano devices have volume wheels they only have two volume settings maximum volume and minimum volume no matter how much he adjusted the volume wheel.

After completing the testing with the Nano hearing aid he undertook the test sequence with the Alibaba amplifier There was a striking similarity between the results of the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices right down to the exact same issues with the volume control occurred with the Alibaba devices just like they did with the nanos. The finished output comparison between the nano devices and the Alibaba devices showed the numbers are almost identical almost as if he was testing the exact same device. Imagine that?!

Performance in The Ear

Cliff, not being one for half measures then used a real ear testing device to see how both the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices actually worked in the ear. Yes, you guessed it, exactly the same, identical performance from both. However, we learned a rather worrying thing from this test. Cliff set the targets for a normal sloping to moderate sensorineural hearing loss which is a very easy type of hearing loss prescription to match. He found that the outputs from both devices set to low volume just didn’t match the targets needed. Even worse, the ouputs on the maximum volume could in fact further damage someone’s hearing.

Cliff Olson finished off his video by saying that he couldn’t advise anyone to even try either of the devices. He, like us is an unbiased source of information who is simply concerned that consumers get good solid easy to understand information. While it is difficult to say that these devices are the same device without deeper investigation, the simple fact is this:

  • Same crap build quality
  • Same volume wheel functionality
  • Same crap sound
  • Exactly the same electro-accoustic characteristics
  • Exactly the same output curves in the ear

Comparing the Nano Hearing .Com Hearing Aid to Cheap Alibaba Amplifiers

In an article we undertook quite a while ago called “Nano Hearing Aids, An Outrageous Hearing Aids Rip Off Site, nanohearingaids.com”, we explained why the devices from nanohearingaids.com were an outrageous rip-off and pointed out the blatant lies that they tell consumers. Anyway, we pointed out that those Nano CIC hearing aids looked just like cheap Alibaba amplifiers that could be bought for around thirty dollars. Dr Cliff Olson a highly respected Doctor of Audiology who provides hearing care and hearing aids in Phoenix, Arizona went one better. He got his hands on both the Nano CIC and the cheap Alibaba amplifier. He ran a load of diagnostics on the devices and surprise, surprise, they are almost identical. Let’s talk about what he found out and the video he undertook.

Nano hearing aids site

Who is Dr Cliff?

First of all, let me tell you who Cliff Olson is and why his opinion matters and can be trusted implicitly. Cliff has dedicated himself to producing high-quality educational videos which allow consumers to be informed about hearing aids and hearing care. His Youtube channel is by now famous and he has over 27,000 subscribers. His videos get thousands of views. Cliff knows what he is doing and he prides himself on giving clear unbiased info.

What Did He Do?

So Cliff ordered the two separate devices from Nano and Alibaba. When they turned up, he did a physical comparison between the devices. In essence, apart from the branding, the two devices were exactly the same. More than that though, they were both packaged with an accessory pack that was exactly the same right down to the little screwdriver to turn the volume control. But hey, that could simply be a coincidence, you know, these things happen. Sometimes if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a swan in disguise right? Well, no, actually, it’s usually a duck.

Electro-Acoustic Testing

Cliff undertook electroacoustic testing of the device using an industry standard testing device (hearing industry). What he found out was fascinating. The Otometrics hearing instrument test box allows us to measure the Diagnostics of hearing aids with an extremely high level of accuracy by doing a diagnostic test.  With the equipment, Cliff could directly compare the output of the Nano hearing aids with the Alibaba amplifiers in a very controlled environment that eliminates variability of measurement. 

He ran the Nano hearing aid through the diagnostic testing sequence first and he found that he couldn’t complete the full usual set of tests because the volume control on the Nano hearing aid was only set for two levels of volume, minimum and maximum, there was no in-between. It seems that even though the Nano devices have volume wheels they only have two volume settings maximum volume and minimum volume no matter how much he adjusted the volume wheel.

After completing the testing with the Nano hearing aid he undertook the test sequence with the Alibaba amplifier There was a striking similarity between the results of the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices right down to the exact same issues with the volume control occurred with the Alibaba devices just like they did with the nanos. The finished output comparison between the nano devices and the Alibaba devices showed the numbers are almost identical almost as if he was testing the exact same device. Imagine that?!

Performance in The Ear

Cliff, not being one for half measures then used a real ear testing device to see how both the Nano devices and the Alibaba devices actually worked in the ear. Yes, you guessed it, exactly the same, identical performance from both. However, we learned a rather worrying thing from this test. Cliff set the targets for a normal sloping to moderate sensorineural hearing loss which is a very easy type of hearing loss prescription to match. He found that the outputs from both devices set to low volume just didn’t match the targets needed. Even worse, the ouputs on the maximum volume could in fact further damage someone’s hearing.

Cliff Olson finished off his video by saying that he couldn’t advise anyone to even try either of the devices. He, like us is an unbiased source of information who is simply concerned that consumers get good solid easy to understand information. While it is difficult to say that these devices are the same device without deeper investigation, the simple fact is this:

  • Same crap build quality
  • Same volume wheel functionality
  • Same crap sound
  • Exactly the same electro-accoustic characteristics
  • Exactly the same output curves in the ear