Are You Deaf in One Ear ?
You may well benefit greatly from a CROS hearing aid.
CROS hearing aids transfer sound from the deaf side to the good ear and over come having to live with a deaf side. BiCROS hearing aids transfer the sound to a better ear that has some level of aid-able hearing loss.
CROS stands for ‘Contra-lateral Routing of Signal‘.
CROS hearing aids are used by those who have 1 dead ear + 1 good ear.
BiCROS hearing aids are used by those who have 1 dead ear + 1 ear with aidable hearing loss.
Phonak CROS & BiCROS hearing aids
Phonak are, in our opinion, the best option for those looking at trying CROS hearing aids.
The main reasion for this is that Phonak integrate into their CROS hearing aids ‘autosense’ directional listening technology; and other suppliers do not do this; others typically just use a basic level remote microphone.
Autosense gives better directional hearing for users of CROS hearing aids.
Please watch this excellent video by Phonak
(Note: CROS II has been superseded now)
Phonak CROS ‘B’
CROS B superseded CROS II and has 30% longer lasting battery life than original CROS hearing aids
It is available in receiver-in-canal (RIC) and custom in-ear styles (ITE) – more on hearing aid styles here.
CROS B ‘RIC’ comes in several sizes and technology levels as per the Phonak Audeo range.
CROS B ITE comes in various sizes as per wireless compatible Phonak Virto hearing aids.
Now also available as rechargeable CROS hearing aids
What is the best set-up?
Firstly, for both CROS and BiCROS you require a CROS hearing aid (in the dead ear) AND a hearing aid (in the good / better ear).
If you have a perfectly good ear and require a CROS hearing aid solution you just need the most basic level hearing aid available in the good side to pick up the signal from the CROS hearing aid. Cosmetics may then dictate which brand you opt for.
But, when you need a BiCROS, we recommend the Phonak CROS hearing aid alongside the best level of Phonak hearing aid to suit your budget – and set up with a Phonak remote control. Then ask your Audiologist to set up the push button the hearing aids to act as a CROS balance (a see-saw volume effect to raise the volume on either aide, the volume on the remote can adjust overall volume in sync on both sides (up and down), and you can have an extra programme with the CROS turned off.
Hopefully soon manufacturers will develop a solution that integrates the above features into a phone app which will allow better control without an accessory, along with direct phone and TV streaming. Watch this space!