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Unitron is one of the leading Canadian auditory equipment manufacturers, offering a diverse collection of RIC, BTE, and ITE hearing aids. Known for their emphasis on research and innovation, they manage to balance advanced features with reasonable price levels.
The company dates back to 1964, when three German immigrants to the island of Newfoundland named Fred Stork, Rolf Strothmann, and Rolf Dohmer got together to create a hearing equipment company. All three were electronics engineers, but grew tired of fixing televisions, and sought to create devices with a more socially beneficial purpose. They also saw that until that point, no other Canadian entrepreneurs had entered the hearing aid market, so they dived in head-first.
During the 1960s and 70s, the company became known for their purely analog hearing aids, but rarely pushed technology forward. However, this began to change in the 1980s, when the company started to make waves with programmable devices and "power hearing aids" which catered specifically for those with profound hearing loss. Models like their Unitron US80 Super Power BTE became a standard issue for severe hearing loss sufferers, helping thousands to retain their hearing when other devices failed. Although the company retains its Canadian identity, it has now been acquired by the Swiss auditory giant Sonova. With major corporate backing behind them, the Unitron team is still experimenting and developing powerful, user-friendly hearing aids.
Recently, Unitron have started to concentrate on two major new technologies: rechargeable hearing aids, and Tempus - their proprietary system for enhancing conversational speech. These technologies have been deployed across the Unitron range, which includes Moxi, Stride, and Max models. The first two are probably most relevant for everyday customers. On one hand, Moxi is a powerful RIC model, while Stride is the company's flagship BTE device. Both have large customer bases, and come at affordable price points, although more expensive designs are available as well.
The Stride is a solid BTE option for patients with moderate to severe hearing loss, and comes in a variety of packages. At the most basic level, the Stride P Dura offers excellent durability and protection against moisture damage, while the Stride P adds wireless functionality, the M bundles in a telecoil feature, and the top of the range Stride M R comes with a convenient rechargeable battery.
The Moxi is just as popular, and is a leading RIC hearing aid. In this case, Unitron have concentrated on packing as much as they can into the smallest possible casing. The Moxi Now is one of the tiniest of all RIC hearing aids, using a 10A battery which can still pump out plenty of power if required. Again, there are Dura options which feature moisture resistance, while there's also the stylish Moxi Kiss, which may appeal to users who value the aesthetic quality of their hearing aid above other factors.
Whichever model you choose, Unitron operate a unique buying plan called Flex. Similar to iPhone upgrade schemes, Flex allows users to trade in their hearing aids as and when they require an upgrade. At the same time, every hearing aid purchased under the Flex scheme also comes with a free trial period. So, if you aren't happy with the comfort or performance of the model you chose, you can always exchange it for a completely different version without any problems.
All Unitron hearing aids also benefit from Unitron's range of assistive listening accessories, including their uControl 2.0 app, remote controls, and the uMic which can be handed to conversation partners to enhance their speech. They also come with SoundCore, which adapts the hearing aid's parameters dynamically, picking out sound levels and changing microphone settings as you go. It all adds up to a range that's user-friendly, smartphone-ready, and offers excellent performance.
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