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SeboTek Hearing Systems

Contributed by , President of Healthy Hearing

SeboTek Hearing Systems is a private, family-owned company based in Tulsa, Ok., that focuses on helping those with hearing loss find their perfect fit in an efficient way. The company is rooted in its compassion for the difficulties facing those with hearing loss and the barriers to access to hearing healthcare around the world. SeboTek recognizes that proper fit is a major barrier to successful use of hearing aids, and SeboTek strives to treat customers with compassion and to preserve their dignity.

SeboTek History

This hearing aid manufacturer has been in business for nearly 30 years. SeboTek was founded in 1984 by Jim and Mike Feeley. The journey began in 1984 when SeboTek's principals, Jim and Mike Feeley in Tulsa, and it was originally a hearing care dispensing location. Both men are hearing care professionals and realized that it was their deepest joy to help restore the dignity of those who had spent several years unable to hear well. But Mike and Jim also became frustrated and discouraged at the arduous process of helping customers get the perfect fit. People were often uncomfortable with the sound occlusion that standard hearing aids (at the time) produced, and it was often necessary to make and remake the plastic hearing shells, using a standard mode, to make sure a patient was comfortable.

SeboTek is located in TulsaBecause hearing aid fittings were so challenging, Jim and Mike Feeley thought that perhaps they could do a better job than others by bringing hearing aid manufacturing, repairs and service under their own roof in Tulsa. They decided that the plastic hearing molds simply had to go - they were too much of an obstacle to better hearing. So they developed the first ever receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aids in 2003. Today, their style of hearing aid is patented and is the most in-demand style around the world for its comfort and ease of fit.

What sets them apart

Not only are Jim and Mike Feeley concerned about the millions of people in the U.S. who could benefit from hearing aids, they are also concerned about the millions of people around the world who simply don't have access to hearing technology. Jim and Mike have gone on many trips to developing countries to offer their services as hearing healthcare professionals, and they have seen how lack of hearing aids in these contexts affects people's lives and how poorly fitted aids deter people from getting them in the first place.

Additionally, what sets SeboTek apart is that its founders were not content with the status quo. They saw how issues with esthetics and comfort limited people with hearing loss, and they also realized that their profession as a whole was constrained when time-consuming and costly hearing aid fittings limited how many people each hearing healthcare professional could help. So the development of the RIC hearing aids was the Feeleys' solution to a long-standing, recognized problem that others had failed to solve. The RIC hearing aids revolutionized the hearing device industry, allowing patients to attend a single visit for evaluation and fitting, and allowing audiologists to fit a higher number of patients annually than ever before.

SeboTek hearing aids

All SeboTek hearing aids have a state-of-the-art Moisture Protection System nano coating. The MPS coating protects even the microphone from moisture and wax, meaning all Sebotek hearing aids are great for all lifestyles, even the most active. Each of their hearing aid styles also uses the PAC Voice-Q hearing system, their patented speaker in the ear developed in 2003. Their processors are discreet and powerful. One of Sebotek's most popular hearing aids is the Sebo HD2 - a sleek, sophisticated device that comes in 10 colors. The Intro HD2 is the newest model and, while more affordable than the Sebo HD2, it still provides high-quality hearing. SeboTek's hearing aids use an Easy-CLICK soft tip, which is nano-coated, very comfortable and can last several months before necessitating a replacement.

Professional audiologists and other hearing healthcare providers generally like SeboTek's Professional Voice Enhancement Software (ProVES) because it is intuitive, flexible and geared toward meeting individual patients' needs, and it is designed based on SeboTek's goal of reducing the time required for hearing aid fittings so audiologists can see more patients.

SeboTek is a recognized brand around the world because of the care and concern the founders and owners have for the difficulties facing hearing aid wearers. It is a well-known and trusted U.S.-based brand that puts its customers' needs above making profit. SeboTek has made major contributions to the advancecment of improved hearing aid technologies.

This content was last reviewed on: July 7th, 2014

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