Posted on Friday, September 21, 2012

Hearing Aid Review: CROS/BiCROS

Picture of CROS hearing aid reviewed for blog.

When you hear with both ears your brain can tell where a sound is coming from and even how far it is. But when you have hearing loss or deafness in one ear judging distance and where noise is coming from can be hard. In the past, a person would have to angle their head toward the sound source to try and make up for this problem. That’s why Contralateral Routing of Signal (CROS) hearing aids were invented.

The CROS and BiCROS hearing aids picks up the signals from the "bad" ear and delivers it to the functioning ear, creating the feel of hearing with both ears. This helps people better understand distance and where the sound is coming from. Note: It is recommended for people who also have mild or moderate hearing loss in their one functioning or “good” ear to use BiCROS hearing aids. So what are some of the newer choices in CROS and BiCROS hearing aids now on the market?

CROS H20/Behind-The-Ear

Phonak introduced the first ever water-resistant CROS hearing aid, CROS H20. The Phonak CROS family of hearing aids makes single sided hearing feel more like hearing with both ears. Phonak’s CROS system wirelessly delivers this 360 sound into the one hearing ear. Advanced features include: One touch synchronization that allows volume or program settings to be easily adjusted. Sound Flow means hearing aids adapt seamlessly adapt to different environments. Real Ear Sound a highly advanced system that mimics organic sounds. Water, dust resistant, and wireless technologies are also great features of the CROS H20 model.

CROS 13/In-The-Ear

CROS 13 is a unique In-The-Ear hearing aid that can be focused in a bunch of different directions and the longer lasting size 13 battery. Advanced features include: Sound Flow to allow hearing aids to seamlessly adapt to varying listening environments. Real Ear Sound a highly advanced system that mimics organic sounds. Open Ear that decreases occlusion or the feeling of having a stuffed ear.

Other newer hearing aids available in CROS and BiCROS include Unitron’s Tandem™ 16 which includes AutoPro 3 to adjust to various listening environments, Speech Enhancement which makes speech clearer without having to adjust volume, and an optional remote that lets you discreetly adjusts the advanced features. If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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