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Discreet Hearing Aids: Excel ENT’s Hearing Aid Offerings

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In the United States, 7.1% of adults wear hearing aids, and while that number may initially sound small, that’s just surveying adults over 45. In fact, it’s estimated that 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from hearing aids. So why aren’t more people wearing these helpful hearing solutions? We’d like to make an educated guess—the stigma of using hearing aids.

Luckily, auditory technology has come a long way in the last few years! There are numerous discreet hearing aids on the market that are subtle and high-performing. In this blog, the experts at Excel ENT discuss our top five most discreet hearing aids so that you can stay engaged in life without feeling self-conscious.

What Are the Most Discreet Hearing Aids?

We’re glad you asked! Hearing problems can cause feelings of anxiety and embarrassment, and while there’s nothing to be worried about, the last thing you want is your hearing aid drawing more attention to any auditory problems. At Excel ENT, we understand that you want style AND function, and we’re here to say—our trusted brands have delivered. Keep on reading to learn about the latest hearing aid offerings that are discreet and comfortable while offering top-notch sound.

Genesis AI from Starkey

The latest hearing aid from Starkey doesn’t disappoint! Equipped with an all-new processor that mimics the function of the central auditory system, the Genesis AI is powerful, sleek, and user-friendly. As you may have guessed, the Genesis AI uses the latest AI technology, creating better sound quality and a more natural experience for the user, analyzing sound over 80 million times an hour.

And even though this aid is working hard, it doesn’t compromise battery life, with up to 51 hours from one single charge. Beyond a sleek and stylish fit, the Genesis AI has all the bells and whistles, including a step-count feature, a social engagement tracker, and even a fall detector that can alert loved ones.

Phonak Audéo™ P-RL

Phonak Audéo™ P-RL is an award-winning, discreet hearing aid device created by experts in Zurich, Switzerland. With various features designed for an active lifestyle, you don’t have to sacrifice your next beach day or sweat session with Phonak’s P-RL hearing aid. In fact, this aid can be submerged up to 1.64 feet (50 centimeters) of water, including pools.

This device also tracks other data like your heart rate, steps, and activity levels, empowering you to live a happy, fulfilling life. With eight refined and stylish colors to choose from, the P-RL device offers award-winning sound quality and a myriad of personalized digital opportunities.

Phonak Slim™ by Phonak

The Phonak Slim creates a natural hearing experience for its users, so good you may even forget you’re wearing it! The Phonak Slim boasts a never-before-seen shape designed to naturally sit behind your ear. If you wear glasses, no need to worry. The Phonak Slim offers a sleek aesthetic and sound for everyone.

Designed with Phonak SmartSpeech™ Technology, the Phonak Slim tailors sound to your unique needs, reducing the workload of listening to free up other cognitive resources. This aid comes in four colors, so you never have to compromise your style. Charging fully in just three hours, the Phonak Slim matches your unique lifestyle in its fashion, technology, and functionality.

Pure Charge & Go T AX by Signia

With their state-of-the-art Augmented Xperience, Signia’s Pure Charge & Go T AX offers a hearing experience like never before. Instead of a traditional processor, this discreet hearing aid includes two processors, one for sounds in focus and another for surroundings. And the technology doesn’t stop there. This model allows you to connect with audio loop systems, IOS and Android devices, and landline phones effortlessly.

Are you tired of your own voice sounding artificial in your ears? With Own Voice Processing 2.0, you can hear yourself (and others) more clearly with fluid, crisp auditory processing with the Pure Charge & Go T AX hearing aid. Offering multiple styles, including behind-the-ear and in-the-canal, you’re sure to find a model that’s just right for you.

Styletto AX by Signia

Small but mighty is the Styletto AX by Signia! Featuring their Augmented Xperience technology like the Pure Charge & Go T AX, this discreet hearing aid is sophisticated, elegant, and jam-packed with technology. Coming in 12 colors, you can easily match the Styletto AX to your hair color, glasses, or personality.

Plus, Styletto AX filters conversation and background noise separately to experience natural, high-quality hearing—no matter where you are. With a battery life of 20 hours on a single charge, no echoing, on-the-go charging, and hands-free technology for IOS, the Styletto AX offers exceptional hearing clarity with all the extra details you want.

Feel Confident Each and Every Day with Excel ENT

While it’s exciting to have so many discreet hearing aids to choose from, we understand it can also be overwhelming. At Excel ENT, our team of audiologists can help you find the right hearing aid based on your hearing loss, budget, aesthetics, and so much more. Plus, we offer a 30-day trial on all hearing aids, so you can rest assured your hearing aid will complement your lifestyle.

Want to Learn More About the Best Discreet Hearing Aid? Call Us!

Proudly serving Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia, Mountainbrook, and surrounding neighborhoods, Excel ENT is your ultimate destination for all your hearing needs. If you’re interested in a hearing aid fitting or want to learn more about discreet hearing aids, call us to make an appointment at 205-776-3131 for our Homewood office or 205-988-6858 for our Hoover location.

We’ve Expanded! Check Out Excel ENT in Homewood, AL

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At Excel ENT, we understand how inconvenient ear, nose, throat, and voice problems can be. Whether it’s holding you back from work or play (or both), if you don’t receive timely, quality care, it can take a real toll on your health. Luckily, Excel ENT is expanding to provide high-quality care for Birmingham residents, so when the unexpected happens, and you’re just not feeling your best, we’re right down the road!

We’re so excited to highlight our new office in Homewood, AL. Located next to Brookwood Medical Center, we’re in a central place for many Birmingham residents so that everyone can experience hassle-free, state-of-the-art care.

Excel ENT in Homewood, AL

If you’ve been to our Hoover office before, you know that we don’t cut corners in anything we do. From our waiting space and compassionate team members to our revolutionary technology and leading diagnostic tools, we’re dedicated to meeting and exceeding your expectations. However, it doesn’t stop there. Our new office in Homewood is modeled just the same—high-quality care you can trust. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why we chose to expand our exceptional ENT care to Homewood, AL.


At Excel ENT, we’re dedicated to improving the entire patient experience. Patients that visit our Homewood office can be seen more timely and efficiently as it offers more medical providers and clinic space. We’re easily accessible from Highway 31, I-59, Shades Creek Parkway and Highway 280. Even more, we’re located next to Brookwood Medical Center for convenience.

Exceptional ENT Care

Our exceptional ENT (ear, nose, & throat) care at our Homewood (and Hoover) location encompasses a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating various conditions, like chronic sinusitis, hearing loss, and much more. With a steadfast commitment to patient well-being, our team of highly skilled ENT specialists and audiologists strives to provide unparalleled care to every individual. We understand that each patient is unique, which is why we tailor our treatment plans to address specific needs, promoting optimal outcomes and improved quality of life.

In fact, you don’t need a referral from your primary care doctor to see us at either location; just make an appointment by phone or online! If you need in-depth diagnostic testing, like a CT scan or video stroboscopy, we may direct you to our Hoover location, however, space exists in the Homewood office to offer these assessments in the near future.

Passion for Service

We’re so grateful for the opportunity to serve more residents in Magic City! When looking for an additional location, we chose Homewood since it’s centrally located in Birmingham, AL, giving our new and current patients an added layer of convenience. At Excel ENT, we believe that high-quality ENT, audiology, and voice & throat care should be accessible to everyone. We hope that with this second location, we can do just that.

Premier Care When You Need It Most

Our mission is to deliver exceptional ENT care, fostering lasting relationships with our patients based on trust, empathy, and excellence in medical practice. Whether you’re stopping by for a hearing test or having trouble breathing through your nose, we are ready to help you get back to feeling your best.

Our office hours are the same at both locations: Monday-Thursday: 8 AM-5 PM & Friday: 8 AM-12 PM, so you can receive top-notch care whenever it’s easiest for you. Come see us after you drop the kids off at school, on your lunch break, in the afternoon, or anytime between!

Need to Schedule an Appointment? Call Us Today!

Proudly serving Birmingham and Hoover, AL residents, we’d be honored to serve you. From pesky sinus issues to hearing loss, we’re equipped to offer superior diagnosis and treatment for numerous conditions. For Homewood appointments, call us at 205-776-3131; for Hoover appointments, reach out to us at 205-988-6858. Or, schedule an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!