Hearing Aids

Today’s hearing aids are vastly different from those of the distant past. They are no longer the large, unsightly, bulky hearing aids, but smaller, sleeker and at times, virtually invisible.   They now have digital processing that is able to differentiate between speech and noise.  As a result, hearing aids now offer sound that is more natural and controls noise better than in the past, making the listening experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, styles and technologies.  What is best for you will be determined by both you and our audiologists.  The options will be discussed with you and a decision will be made as to what instrumentation will be best for you and your lifestyle.

Hearing aids are available from a variety of manufacturers in a variety of sizes and shapes, from instruments that fit behind the ear to instruments that fit within the ear canal. Determining the style of aid and technology level takes into consideration a number of factors: lifestyle, dexterity, degree of hearing loss and preference.

Depending on the level of technology that you choose, today’s hearing devices have the ability to:

  • digitally process sound in a way that sounds very natural
  • adapt and automatically adjust to different listening environments
  • help cancel out background noise so that you can understand speech better
  • be programmed for specific environments that you may encounter in your lifestyle

After choosing the hearing aid system that best suits you, the audiologist will program the instruments specifically for you according to your hearing test results.  During the fitting process you will be counseled regarding the use of the instruments, how to insert and remove them and how to care for them.  Follow-up visits will be scheduled to ensure that you are satisfied with the instruments and that you understand everything you need to know about them.

STYLES OF HEARING AIDS
Open Fit Hearing Aids

RICRECEIVER-IN-THE-CANAL AIDS (RIC)

These aids are probably the most popular style that are fit today, mostly due to the fact that they are virtually invisible. They are very small aids that tuck behind the ear and have a thin tube or wire that slips into the ear canal. They are very comfortable to wear and easy to use. These aids can be fit for essentially any degree of hearing loss.

 

CICCOMPLETELY-IN-THE-CANAL AIDS (CIC)

These are very small, in-the-ear aids that fit completely in the ear canal and in most cases, are virtually invisible.  These aids can accommodate a wide variety of hearing  losses.

 

ITCIN-THE-CANAL AIDS  (ITC)

These in the ear aids are slightly larger than the CIC aids, yet still fit within the canal of the ear.  These aids can accommodate a variety of hearing loss levels.

 

ITEIN-THE-EAR AIDS   (ITE)

These aids are larger and fill the entire outer bowl of the ear.  These are a good choice  for a moderate or greater loss or when dexterity may be an issue, as these aids are easier to handle and have a larger battery.

 

BTETRADITIONAL BEHIND-THE-EAR AID (BTE)
WITH CUSTOM EARMOLD

These aids are traditionally fit for those with more severe hearing loss because they can offer more power for amplification.  This style may also be chosen for those with dexterity issues as well.

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