Ken-Ton Hearing has latest in auditory technology
The Wi series, a tiny, nearly weightless digital hearing instrument, is available to patients who seek the services of Dr. Peggy Lichtenthal at the Delaware Avenue facility.
This new technology, which was introduced in January, helps maximize speech preservation while improving hearing, said Lichtenthal.
“It’s the best technology that I’ve seen in 30 years of practice,” said the doctor of audiology. “It gives those with hearing loss the ability to communicate better with others, and also gives them the best speech preservation possible in the presence of background noise.”
She said the Wi series reduces the listening effort in noisy environments, helps phone calls sound clearer, can be customized to fit comfortably in a person’s ear, and improves listening to music and television.
With the use of a wireless system called Media Link, The Wi Series hearing aid can stream stereo sound directly from a television, radio or computer into the ear.
“I no longer have to listen to the television at the highest volume setting,” said Tom Weigel, a 57-year-old male who suffered hearing loss as a result of working near noisy machines in a vehicle parts manufacturing plant for more than three decades. “I’m also able to have conversations with people without having to have them shout. I’m really thrilled with this device.”
He added that one of his favorite features of the device is that it is hardly noticeable. A thin wire could be seen entering his ear, but the hearing mechanism was tucked inside the ear, unlike an all-in-ear aid that is highly visible because it crowds the ear canal.
“It’s much more compact than an all-in-ear hearing aid,” said the doctor. “You can’t even tell someone is wearing them.”
Weigel said he also enjoyed the Media Link system that comes with the hearing device as part of a package. He said he feels like he is part of the show because the quality of the sound going into his ears is “crystal clear.”
Lichtenthal said that enabling a person to be able to hear better with the use of the Wi Series, even if only for the purpose of watching TV or socializing with friends, improves their quality of life. However, she notes that while this technology is an ideal way to improve an individual’s hearing quality, it might not be for everyone.
Ken-Ton Hearing is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.