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Hearing Aids

How Can Hearing Aids Help?

To improve your hearing and even your comprehension of speech, hearing aids are the best option for those who suffer from sensorineural loss of hearing. This type of hearing loss occurs when damage is done to the small cells responsible for sensory reception within the ear.

When sounds enter the ear, the hearing aid makes the sound vibrations louder and more magnified. The remaining cells unaffected by sensory damage within the ear are able to use these vibrations to send neural signals to the brain to register and comprehend the sounds.

Which Hearing Aid Will Work Best For Me?

The reason for, and the severity of your hearing loss will dictate the best style of hearing aid for you. One hearing aid for each ear is generally recommended for hearing loss in both ears because the use of two hearing aids will supply a natural and more reliable signal for the brain.

Being able to hear in both ears will let you recognize speech and distinguish sound location, even in difficult listening environments.

Our Doctors of Audiology will help you select hearing aids that are best for your needs. Hearing aids will not correct failed auditory connections. However, with practice, a hearing aid can help your inner ear to recognize sound and send cues to your brain for processing. It’s best to wear your hearing aids regularly, so choose aides that are comfortable and easy to manage.

Do I Need A Hearing Aid?

You feel your hearing has changed in the last one to five years.You have never worn a hearing aid.You currently wear hearing aids, but would like to compare them to new technology.You have difficulty distinguishing words from background noise.

If we can help you realize greater benefit with this new technology, we will BUY BACK your existing hearing aids!

You Can Be Fitted For Number of Different Hearing Aids

There are many kinds of technology and features available for hearing aid styles, which is the greatest factor on cost. Styles of today’s hearing aids range from basic to advanced, also called entry-level and premium-level. The tech and features available in hearing aid models varies.

Those who use a basic hearing aid must usually make adjustments manually, like adjusting volume control. Purchasing an advanced or premium-level model takes away the need for manual adjustment and replaces it with automatic signals. It will detect the noises within your environment and make necessary changes to the model for you.

Choose a Style Based on the Following:

  • The extent or severity of hearing loss
  • Financial restrictions
  • Shape or health of the ear
  • Visual restrictions and manual ingenuity
  • Cosmetics

Hearing Aid Styles

As a direct result of technological advancements that enable shrinking of internal components, styles and sizes are varied and wonderful. Today, hearing aids are described as compact, innovative, and sleek. They give wearers far greater options than ever before.

Styles for Inside the Ear

When a patient wears a hearing aid inside their ear, it will be custom-fit. An impression will be made of the ear, and the hearing aid will nestle perfectly into the canal. There are a variety of styles, both large and small. Here’s a list of popular styles starting with the largest.

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Invisible In-The-Canal (IIC)

This makes up the smallest style. It’s invisible from the outer ear, as it sits deep in the ear canal. IIC may not be the best solution for severe hearing loss, but it does well for mild or moderate loss.

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Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

This makes up the smallest style. It’s invisible from the outer ear, as it sits deep in the ear canal. IIC may not be the best solution for severe hearing loss, but it does well for mild or moderate loss.

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In-the-Canal (ITC)

This is a much smaller style that nestles into the lower sector of the outer ear bowl. It’s comfortable and simple. The battery life is good, and there are some extra features, like a directional microphone, but not as many features as an ITE. There are also volume controls to increase comfort. It can be fitted for both mild and moderate hearing loss.

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Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE)

This is the largest, most visible style of hearing aid. It’s molded to the outer ear bowl. Because it’s larger, ITE molds offer the most additional controls including directional microphones. There’s also a bigger battery size so it will last longer than smaller aids, and it’s more powerful than smaller styles. As a result, it can better help those with more severe hearing problems, but it can also be gentle enough for those with mild hearing loss.

Styles for Behind the Ear

As the name suggests, a BTE will rest on or behind the outer ear. There are tubes that reach around the ear and to an earmold secured to the canal. BTEs are designed to blend in with skin and hair, although they can come in fun patterns and colors for kids and kids-at-heart. There are different battery types, features, power, and controls depending on the size of the instrument.

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Mini BTE with slim tube and tip

As the name suggests, this is the smallest version of the BTE. It’s specially designed so that it hides around the outer ear. The tubing is very thin, and it connects to a slim, soft tip within the ear canal. This style feels more free and open than previous styles because sound can permeate the ear through natural methods and the tip will amplify the sound for the hearer. It’s not recommended for severe hearing loss, but those with mild to moderate damage can benefit from this discreet, “open fitting” hearing aid style.

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Receiver in the ear (RITE)

This is a smaller version of a BTE with the speaker inside the ear tip rather than on the main body. It’s good for both severe and mild hearing loss, and the style is very hard to see in the ear, perfect for those who want a less pronounced style.

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BTE with earmold

This earmold can help those with both severe and mild hearing loss. It has a longer shape to better fit the ear. It offers extra features like volume control and programming buttons. Though the appearance is more pronounced than some of the smaller BTEs, it can be well hidden if the wearer chooses or bright and colorful if they want to make a statement.