As part of the largest manufacturer of hearing aids in the United States, Starkey Hearing Technologies, every Audibel hearing center provides the most advanced technology in hearing aids to their patients. What most wearers aren’t aware of are the rigorous measures each hearing aid goes through before making it to their ears. In this blog post we will share some of the many interesting tests that each hearing aid, or it’s parts, undertake.
One of the biggest complaints of the past with hearing aids was the adverse effect that humidity had on hearing aid components, especially in warmer climates and summer months. Yet, with the addition of the HydraShield 2, a water-resistant coating applied to hearing aid casing a couple years ago, moisture from humidity and rain is no longer a concern. As a part of the application of this coating comes extensive testing that puts the hearing aids in an extreme humidity simulation for an extended period of time. As shown in the picture to the right, the hearing aids are all tested for durability in heat and humidity to ensure consistent performance when used by patients.
Additionally, hearing aids once were subject to potential damage due to exposure to saline environments, such as living near the ocean. To ensure product quality in these environments, a salt fog test lab has been set up at the manufacturing quality lab to simulate years of exposure to high salinity. As you can see in the pictures below, these hearing aids have proven to be able to handle the most extreme of environments.
Lastly, for our receiver-in-canal style of hearing aids, one of the most important parts is the long tubing that runs over the ear from the hearing aid into the ear canal. In the picture below, this part is the thin curved shape tubing. To maintain a discrete appearance, this tubing is very thin but yet needs to be firm enough not to break from bending over time. To make certain breaking doesn’t occur a unique quality test has been created to simulate years of bending of the tubing. This test, called the ‘Wiggle Test’ connects the receiver tube to a rotating wheel on one end and a weight on the other, as shown below. After up sixty-thousand rotations the receivers prove to be just as sturdy as there were on first use.
As you have learned, quality is a very important part of of providing excellence in hearing aid technology. These extensive tests done by our parent company, Starkey Hearing Technologies, on every Audibel hearing aid they help to manufacture ensures each Audibel location delivers upon their promise of better hearing without hassle. The Audibel line of hearing aids and partnering nation-wide network of hearing professionals assure each patient that they aren’t only using a hearing aid that enhances their listening abilities but will work for them in many of the most extreme climates.
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